U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Late Friday, U.S. President Trump announced his intent to nominate U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine as the 13th NASA administrator. The Republican lawmaker is from Oklahoma.

The nomination must go through a Senate confirmation process first, as will the deputy administrator nomination when that person is named by the President.

Bridenstine is a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium and is author of the American Space Renaissance Act (H.R. 4945).

Earth’s Moon as seen from the International Space Station taken by ESA British astronaut, Tim Peake.
Credit: NASA/ESA

Wanted: American space renaissance

The mission of H.R. 4945 — The American Space Renaissance Act (ASRA) — is to permanently secure the United States as the preeminent spacefaring nation.  The ASRA has three key objectives:

  • Project military strength and protect our space based capabilities
  • Provide certainty to encourage commercial space innovation
  • Promote stability, accountability, and mission clarity at NASA

Why the Moon matters

Late last year, Bridenstine wrote a blog post, “Why the Moon Matters,” that can be read here:


To take a look at H.R.4945 – The American Space Renaissance Act, go to:


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