MIAMI (CBSMiami/CNN) — Former Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could be the next head of NASA.
According to multiple reports, President Joe Biden is expected to tap his longtime ally to be the administrator of the agency as soon as Friday.READ MORE: Tracking The Tropics: Hurricane Sam Rapidly Strengthening In Atlantic
Nelson, who flew a Space Shuttle mission in 1986 aboard the shuttle Columbia, has been a long proponent of NASA. He is not an astronaut, but is one of the rare civilians who has traveled to space.READ MORE: Hey You Cool Cats And Kittens, Netflix To Release 'Tiger King 2'
The Washington Post was first to report this decision.
Nelson, 78, was a three-term Florida senator before he was unseated by then-Gov. Rick Scott (R) in 2018.MORE NEWS: Taste Of The Town: Sink Your Teeth Into Authentic Cuban Sandwiches At Sanguich de Miami
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