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James Morhard selected as NASA’s deputy administrator

NASA's new Deputy Administrator, James Morhard Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

NASA’s new Deputy Administrator, James Morhard Photo Credit: Bill Ingalls / NASA

NASA now has a deputy administrator. James Morhard was confirmed as the 14th Deputy Administrator of NASA on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Nominated by the President of the United States, Donald Trump on July 12, 2018, Morhard has served in various roles within the U.S. government.

Morhard served for six years as the clerk of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice State, and the Judiciary (now the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice Science, and Related Agencies). McConnell said Morhard was the point person on funding NASA and scientific community.

“He joins our amazing agency at a crucial time in history. NASA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and I look forward to working with him as we look towards NASA’s next 60 years,” NASA’s Administrator Jim Bridenstine stated via an agency-issued release. “His legislative and managerial talents will serve NASA well as we accomplish stunning achievements.” 





Jason Rhian spent several years honing his skills with internships at NASA, the National Space Society and other organizations. He has provided content for outlets such as: Aviation Week & Space Technology,, The Mars Society and Universe Today.

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