Speculation Over Bolden’s Future at NASA

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

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Houston Chronicle

Even as President Barack Obama signed off Monday on plans to steer the nation’s space program toward Mars, Senate staffers on Capitol Hill reported growing speculation that the White House was preparing to replace NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

Bolden, a former astronaut, has the reputation of being a can-do leader known for sometimes ignoring bureaucratic constraints. However, top administration officials have eased him into the background as the midterm congressional elections approach….

Senate insiders report growing talk that the administration will replace Bolden after the midterm congressional elections. Names of some potential successors were already circulating.

Bolden read a prepared statement but took no questions during Monday’s telephone conference call with reporters organized by the White House to showcase Obama signing the measure into law.

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