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Trump makes his choice for NASA chief

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Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., addresses the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs in 2016. (Tom Kimmell Photo)

The White House has confirmed long-running rumors that President Donald Trump’s pick for NASA administrator is U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., an advocate for commercial spaceflight and missions to the moon.

Bridenstine would be the first member of Congress to go on to NASA’s top post, and the fact that a politician could be in charge of the space agency already has sparked controversy.

If Bridenstine follows through on his past record, that’s good news for ventures ranging from Moon Express to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. But the news might not be so good for the advocates of dramatic policy initiatives to respond to global climate change.

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By Alan Boyle

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