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Former Sen. Bill Nelson is Biden’s choice to lead NASAWASHINGTON — President Joe Biden plans to nominate former Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida to be the next NASA administrator. Nelson, who served three terms in the Senate before losing his 2018 reelection bid to Republican Rick Scott, was the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. He also has actually traveled to space, taking part in a 1986 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia while serving as a member of the House of Representatives. That Columbia flight was the last successful shuttle launch before the Chall…

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