NASA Administrator Charles Bolden talk

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden received an honorary degree from the University of Bristol on Thursday 30 January 2014 and generously agreed to talk to staff and students about his career as a marine, an astronaut and now as Administrator of NASA - the highest ranking official and senior space science advisor to the President of the United States of America.

The talk by Administrator Bolden took place on Wednesday 29 January.


Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., was nominated by President Barack Obama, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and began his duties as the twelfth Administrator of NASA on 17 July 2009. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals.

Charles spent time at British Aerospace in Bristol in 1990 training in the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope's solar array. The Telescope was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. It remains in operation today.