Charles Bolden

  • Charles Bolden in 1991
    Credit: NASA
    Name: Charles Frank Bolden Jr.
  • Born: 19th August 1946
  • Nationality: USA
  • Occupation: astronaut, test pilot, former Administrator of NASA
  • Time in space: 28 days, 8 hours, 37 minutes

Charles was a fighter pilot for the US Navy, and made more than 100 flights into Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. He became a test pilot for the US Navy, and logged more than 6,000 hours flying time. He was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1980. As an astronaut, he traveled into space on four missions, serving as a pilot and then a mission commander.

In 2009, President Obama appointed Charles to be the administrator of NASA. He announced that his goals would be to inspire children to study science and maths, and to expand NASA's international relations. His long-term goal is to land astronauts on Mars. In 2012, he was the first human to have his voice broadcast on the surface of Mars.