WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday named former shuttle commander Charles Bolden to lead NASA at a critical time for the space agency.
The White House has ordered a complete outside review of NASA's manned space program, including plans to return astronauts to the moon.
Bolden flew in space four times _ twice as shuttle commander _ and once was assistant deputy administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington. The 62-year-old Bolden left NASA in 1994.
If the Senate confirms Bolden, he would be the space agency's first black administrator and the second astronaut to hold the post.