Charlie Bolden. Nasa Administrator.

Charlie Bolden

Major-General Charles F Bolden Jr was in the US Marine Corps prior to selection by NASA.

Bolden says that he only joined the marines as he thought the uniform would help him with girls, curious to think that that decision led to him flying into space four times (STS-61-C, STS-31, STS-45, and STS-60), twice as pilot and twice as commander (he was pilot on the mission that put the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, STS-31), and has now led to US President Barack Obama choosing Bolden to be the NASA Administrator at a time of momentus change in space exploration.

This photograph was taken at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, January 2007.