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Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

Bridenstine leaves NASA, calls for unity in space, science efforts

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ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 20 (UPI) -- NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stepped down as planned Wednesday and posted a message on Twitter to thank employees and all who supported his tenure at the space agency. Bridenstine, who left on the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration, made a public plea for continued support of NASA and planned missions to the moon and Mars. Advertisement He referenced historic disagreements at the agency and in Washington over whether to support another moon mission or a Mars mission, or simply to focus on Earth sciences. "It's not about the moon or Mars, which put us in conflict in the House of Representatives between Republicans and Democrats. It's about both," Bridenstine said. "It's about going to the moon to get the science and discovery that we need to le...