NASA's Steve Jurczyk takes over as Interim Administrator at the start of President Biden's term
The era of President Joe Biden at NASA has begun After Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, many US government agencies have secured new leaders, including NASA Steve Jurczyk is now interim administrator
NASA updated Jurczyk's biography on Wednesday to reflect the new position He succeeds Jim Bridenstine, who narrowly voted in the Senate in April 2018 to run the agency.
New leader is a familiar face Jurcyzk had been the Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Missions Directorate since June 2015, then in May 2018, he became Associate Administrator of NASA, a role that the agency described as its «highest official.”His time with NASA dates back to when he started as a design engineer, integration and testing 1988.
Jurcyzk comes at an interesting time for NASA Under the Trump administration, the agency moved to 2024 its timeline for humans to return to the moon This goal could be elusive due to delays in rocket development, program costs and coronavirus impacts
Biden administration could make changes to NASA priorities, although some missions, like the Perseverance Mars rover, have fixed schedules The rover will land on the red planet in February
Bridenstine had an active social media presence, and it remains to be seen if Jurcyzk will follow suit., or for how long he will be acting administrator NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment
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