20150315 NASA Administrator: Charles Bolden + W.M. Keck Observatory

March 15, 2015

It is a great honor to photograph NASA Administrator Major General Charles Bolden during his visit to W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea summit!

Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., began his duties as the twelfth Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on July 17, 2009. As Administrator, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals.

Bolden's confirmation marks the beginning of his second stint with the nation's space agency. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.

Mahalo to Charlie and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for an incredible opportunity!

We in Hawaii are proud to be able to live on one of the most astronomically distinguished locations on Earth to observe the heavens.