Trump has appointed a new managing NASA

Trump to nominate GOP Rep. Bridenstine as NASA chief

Rubio, though, said he does not hold the comments against Bridenstine a former Navy pilot who has served as director of Tulsa's Air and Space Museum.

If confirmed by by the Senate, he will replace acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who has run the agency since Trump took office in January.

It is noted that the candidacy of John.Bridenstine was criticized by senators from Florida, in particular democratic Senator bill Nelson said that the new head of the Agency must be a "space professional, not a politician". He's got no science background but has worked in the private sector in defense contracting and aerospace, and he also spent nine years in the Navy prior to his stint in Congress.

Bridenstine, a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the House of Representatives, has always been rumored to be Trump's choice to run NASA - and the pick is already attracting criticism from some quarters.

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US President Donald Trump is expected to nominate House Representative Jim Bridenstine as NASA's new administrator as soon as September 5, the media reported.

"I look forward to looking closely at Rep. Bridenstine's record and ensuring that Florida continues to play a leading role in America's space program", Rubio said.

"I would hate to see an administrator held up - on [grounds of] partisanship, political arguments, past votes, or statements made in the past - because the agency can't afford it and it can't afford the controversy", he told Politico. Rubio said he worries about Bridenstine's "political baggage". "I just think it could be devastating for the space program", he said of any delay in the confirmation process. And he's critical of how much NASA spends on climate change research.

Bridenstine has been a vocal proponent of the privatization of space, to the point where he introduced a bill (the American Space Renaissance Act) that would have created "minimal" and "certain" regulations to foster private participation in United States space initiatives.

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