Famous Astronaut

By:Dominic Bess II

Charles Frank Bolden Jr.

Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (born August 19, 1946)[1] is the current Administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and former NASA Astronaut.

A 1968 graduate of the United States Navel Academy, he became a Marine Aviator and test plot. After his service as an astronaut, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. On May 23, 2009, President 2009 announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator and as Deputy NASA Administrator.[2] Bolden was confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2009.[3] He is the first African American to head the agency on a permanent basis.[2]

Bolden is also the virtual host of the Shuttle Launch Experience attraction at Kennedy Space Center4] and serves on the board of directors for the Military Child Education Coalition.