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New NASA administrator? Not so fast
Posted: Mon, Jan 8, 2001, 11:00 PM ET (0400 GMT)
Despite media predictions to the contrary, President-elect George W. Bush did not name his pick to lead NASA on Monday. CNN Headline News had reported Sunday night that Bush would announce his nominee for NASA administrator on Monday, but Bush-Cheney transition officials said Monday no such announcement was planned. Speculation had been growing that Bush would soon choose former New Mexico senator and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrision Schmitt for the post, but NASA Watch reported late Monday that several other people are being considered, including former Utah senator Jake Garn, who flew on a shuttle mission in 1985. Other candidates include Texas congressman Ralph Hall, the ranking minority leader of the House Science Committee; and Air Force Brig. Gen. Pete Worden. Dan Goldin, who was appointed NASA administrator by George Bush Sr. in 1992, is not expected to stay on in the George W. Bush administration.
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