WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate has confirmed former senator and astronaut Bill Nelson to serve as the head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The Senate confirmed Nelson’s nomination by unanimous consent on Thursday afternoon.
Nelson traveled to space in 1986 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and served as a payload specialist. His trip made him the second sitting US lawmaker to travel into space.
US space activity has been very active over the last several years as NASA works with private companies like billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX to boost efforts to develop new ways to send humans to space and the moon.