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Obama picks first African-American to head NASA

President Barack Obama has picked a former shuttle commander to head NASA.

If the Senate confirms Charles Bolden, he would be the space agency's first black administrator and the second astronaut to hold the post.

Bolden flew in space four times - twice as shuttle commander - and once was assistant deputy administrator at NASA headquarters in Washington. The 62-year-old Bolden left NASA in 1994.

Obama on Saturday also announced that he was nominating Lori Garver to be NASA's deputy administrator. Garver was Obama's NASA transition chief and is a former associate administrator at the agency.

The president says the nominees will help put NASA on course to "boldly push" the boundaries of science, aeronautics and exploration in the 21st century.

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