Bolden: My Nomination as NASA Chief is News to Me


Space News is reporting that Charles Bolden is surprised by news of his supposed nomination as NASA’s new administrator:

U.S. President Barack Obama’s science adviser told Congress May 14 a NASA administrator will be announced “very shortly,” and government and industry sources said the top choice for the job is retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut who served as a NASA assistant deputy administrator in the early 1990s.

However, reached by phone May 15, Bolden told Space News he had not been asked to take the job and had no plans to meet with White House officials to discuss it.

“I am hearing the rumors, and as far as I know there is no truth in the rumors,” Bolden said. “You can’t say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when you haven’t had a conversation. I haven’t had that conversation and I don’t have one scheduled.”

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