James Bridenstine is ready to take America back to the moon.
With Donald Trump’s Friday announcement that he intends to nominate the Oklahoma representative as administrator of NASA, Bridenstine is one step closer to his moon dreams.
Rep. Bridenstine is already on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and has been gunning for the head boss role at NASA. The position has been open since Trump’s inauguration with acting administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr. serving in the role.
Bridenstine is the author of the American Space Renaissance Act and he’s very passionate about the moon and using its natural resources for space travel.
“Water ice on the Moon could be used to refuel satellites in orbit,” he explained in a blog post. He argued that from the moment we discovered water ice on the moon, “the American objective should have been a permanent outpost of rovers and machines, with occasional manned missions for science and maintenance, in order to utilize the materials and energy of the Moon to drive down the costs and increase the capabilities of American operations in cis-lunar and interplanetary space.”
As Trump’s nomination noted, after serving in the Navy, Bridenstine was the executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, so he’s pretty caught up with his space studies and lunar terminology.
Once the senate confirms his nomination (and Trump officially nominates him), it’s blast off for Bridenstine.