New NASA boss Jim Bridenstine gets ‘hearty congratulations’ from space




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The New NASA Boss Jim Bridenstine is already getting cheers from space.

Immediately after being sworn into office Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took a call from the three U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station, who offered “hearty congratulations.”

The Oklahoma congressman became the 13th administrator of NASA, filling a position that had been vacant for more than a year.

Bridenstine is the first elected official to lead NASA, something that had bogged down his nomination last year by President Donald Trump. The Senate approved his nomination last week by a narrow vote of 50-49.

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Monday’s swearing-in ceremony took place at NASA headquarters in Washington.

Pence noted that the space agency, under Bridenstine’s direction, will work to get astronauts back to the moon and ultimately to Mars.




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