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NASA's newest administrator, Jim Bridenstine, will be sworn in at 2:30 p.m. EDT (1830 GMT) at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Watch it live online here, courtesy of NASA TV. Afterward, Bridenstine and Vice President Mike Pence will speak live with NASA atronauts Scott Tingle, Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold on the International Space Station.

Read more about Bridenstine's confirmation here.


From NASA:

"Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, April 19, to serve as the agency’s 13th administrator. Prior to this position, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives for the state of Oklahoma, where he held positions on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine also is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium."


A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket launched two satellites for the U.S. Air Force from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT), and you can watch it again here.You can watch it directly from ULA here

Read our full launch wrap story: Atlas V Rocket Launches US Military Satellite and Experimental Spacecraft Into Orbit

The goal of AFSPC-11  launched the Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS), a military communications satellite, and the ESPA Augmented GEO Laboratory Experiment (EAGLE), an experimental platform for hosting up to 6 payloads on a single spacecraft. One of EAGLE's payloads is Mycroft, a small microsatellite designed to test spacecraft self-inspection techniques. 

You can watch the full ULA video below:

From the United Launch Alliance:

"The mission of CBAS is to augment existing military satellite communications capabilities and broadcast military data continuously through space-based, satellite communications relay links. "

"Primary mission objective for the EAGLE platform is to demonstrate a maneuverable ESPA based space vehicle design which can accommodate up to six hosted or deployable payloads in GEO, and can be cost effectively replicated for multiple payload missions to either a GEO, LEO or GTO orbit. EAGLE experiments will demonstrate enhanced capabilities in space system anomaly resolution and the capability to supplement ground based space situational awareness assets from a geosynchronous platform. EAGLE experiments will also provide new technologies to detect and identify system anomalies such as space weather events and characterize collision events due to micrometeorites."

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