NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is unique in the short history of NASA. He is the first administrator not to have any first-hand experience of Apollo. He is not old enough.
A former naval pilot and experience politician, Bridenstine is now a powerful advocate of NASA’s work in addressing climate change, space exploration, return to the moon, engaging private-sector space companies and collaboration with international partners. Italy and Japan have already signed up to work with the project Artemis which the Presidential Space Directive 1 says in part “”lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities”.
In his post for less than two years, Bridenstine is an articulate, extremely well informed and appears to be steering NASA through some particularly tough challenges on the road to successful.
In this 30 minute video, he answers questions for the registered press (and frankly members of the public who happened to be passing through the NASA booth in the exhibition) at the IAC2019.org on 24 October 2019 in Washington DC.