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Trump nominates climate sceptic congressman to lead NASA

 Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

President Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Republican congressman Jim Bridenstine to be the administrator of NASA.

Bridenstine, who was nominated on 1 September, is a former United States Navy pilot. He would be the first politician to run the space agency, but he has a keen interest in NASA and space science. He has been executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium and serves on the House science committee.

In 2016, Bridenstine sponsored a bill called the American Space Renaissance Act, which proposed ambitious goals for the agency, including a 20-year plan and increased cooperation with commercial space operators such as SpaceX.

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