National Aeronautics and Space Administration
History of NASA.
Head of NASA
Head of department: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Charles F. Bolden, Jr. was appointed for this position because of his past experiences in the armed forces and working in NASA’s offices. He spent time in orbit between 1986 to 1994 completing four missions. These missions included him commanding two of the missions and piloting the other two. He was also deployed to the Hubble Space Telescope and worked in conjunction with the Russian space program, with help from a Russian cosmonaut.
As the head of NASA, Charles leads his NASA team to advance the goals and missions of the space program. He has produced new ways to expand into space by creating new technology like a new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. These new spacecrafts will help astronauts explore new places like Mars.
- NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives.
- This second call for proposals follows last summer's inaugural selection of Phase I concepts, which are now under study. Due to the tremendous response and large number of submissions received from last year's NIAC call for proposals, this year's Phase I solicitation will incorporate a two-step process.
The NASA’s budget for this year is around $17.5 billion dollars. The budget ensures that the space program can fund future programs to help explore deeper space.