Tulsan Jim Bridenstine leading NASA back to moon 50 years after Apollo 11

Jim Bridenstine, a Jenks High School graduate and former congressman, leads NASA as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and looks to the future of space exploration.



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Fifty years ago this month, NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong famously planted his size 9 ½ boot on the surface of the moon, ending a decade-long space race while captivating a worldwide audience of 600 million people as he took those first steps on July 20, 1969.

There were five additional Apollo moon landings before the program was cut short in 1972. No one has walked on the lunar surface since.

That will soon change, according to Vice President Mike Pence, who announced March 26 that American astronauts will return to the moon in 2024 by “any means necessary.”

Once the lunar lander’s engines are disengaged — and, this time, a female astronaut steps off the ladder — it will be one small step for NASA as it prepares for the giant leap of manned missions from the moon to Mars.

“When the vice president made that announcement it reminded me of John F. Kennedy’s moment to announce we’re going to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade and return them safely to the Earth,” says Tulsan and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. “That was a bold kind of declaration, and what we saw the vice president do recently was a similarly bold declaration. I can tell you, folks at NASA are extremely excited.”

It has been just over a year since Bridenstine was sworn in to be NASA’s 13th administrator. He’s the first former congressman to be put in charge of the agency that employs 17,000 scientists, engineers, technicians and more.

To attain the position, Bridenstine had to go through “a very difficult” confirmation process during which even some of his allies questioned his credentials and capabilities since most of the previous administrators had extensive scientific backgrounds. In contrast, Bridenstine’s background is varied. The 1998 Rice University graduate served in the Navy from 1998-2007. He earned an MBA from Cornell University in 2009.

But Bridenstine also had many supporters.

“I think even at the time if you go back and look at his past, the things he invested in, his work even as a college student and the way he committed himself to study and be prepared, he was always preparing himself for a task like this, and when the opportunity came along, he was ready,” says Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who spoke in favor of Bridenstine on the Senate floor during the confirmation process. Bridenstine was confirmed April 23, 2018.

Bridenstine was born June 15, 1975, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Two years later, his family briefly relocated to Wisconsin before moving to Arlington, Texas, when he was 4.

It was around then Bridenstine started dreaming of becoming a pilot. His bedroom walls were soon completely covered with airplane posters.

He and his father often attended air shows at Carswell Air Force Base in neighboring Fort Worth. As a kindergartner, he drew a picture of himself in front of a plane that stated, “I want to be a pielot.” Years later he made it. His mom presented him the forgotten self-portrait at his winging ceremony as a Naval aviator.

At 15, his family relocated to Tulsa and Bridenstine attended Jenks High School, where he graduated in 1993. After completing a triple major (economics, psychology and business) at Rice University, Bridenstine became a Naval pilot, flying E-2C Hawkeyes in Afghanistan and Iraq following 9/11. After returning stateside, he flew F18 Hornets for three years at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Nevada, which is the parent command to Top Gun, the Fighter Weapons School.

In 2007, he and his wife, Michelle, had recently become parents when he took a job in Orlando, Florida, flying flight simulators for the Navy down the road from the Kennedy Space Center.

Their time in Florida was brief as they soon relocated to Tulsa to be closer to Michelle’s family. Bridenstine became executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

“What really brought us back was that I loved Tulsa when I was there. My wife was born at Saint Francis Hospital and her whole family was there,” says the 44-year-old whose wife and three children continue to live in Jenks, while he spends most of his days in D.C.

In 2012, Bridenstine was elected to represent Oklahoma’s 1st District in the House. He ran unopposed in the next two elections. Due to his current role, Bridenstine declined to talk about his motivations to run for office. Of his 2016 win, the Tulsa World quoted Bridenstine as saying, “I will continue my work to promote economic freedom, national security and constitutional integrity over the next two and a half years.”

Following his election, he was named to the Strategic Forces Subcommittee on the Armed Services Committee, which deals with the national security space capabilities. He served on the Space Subcommittee of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees NASA. He also chaired the Environment Subcommittee on the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. About 40% of NOAA’s budget encompasses space-related activities.

In 2016, the culmination of that work was his introduction of H.R. 4945, also known as the American Space Renaissance Act.

“It was probably the most comprehensive space reform bill that has ever been written,” says Bridenstine. “It was over a hundred pages long, and it touched every bit of commercial space, civil space and national security space ... What we wanted to do is have this repository of the best space reform ideas, and then when bills came to the floor that we knew were going to pass, we could make amendments and/or embed in those bills provisions that we thought were important for America’s space agenda.”

Bridenstine says he believes it was his work on H.R. 4945 that put him on the radar of Pence, who chaired President Donald Trump’s revived National Space Council.

“I think there were a lot of folks in the space community that had seen my work as a member of Congress who had made the recommendation. I know there were members of the Senate who had seen my work and made the same recommendation,” he says. “As far as what all went into it, I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this: I’m thrilled, and it’s the honor of a lifetime.”

One of his biggest supporters was Buzz Aldrin, a legendary member of the Apollo 11 crew. He co-authored a glowing op-ed endorsing Bridenstine for the position. In it, he compared the then-congressman to legendary NASA administrator James Webb, who oversaw NASA during the Apollo program.

“It’s pretty amazing, actually. He’s a national treasure,” Bridenstine says of Aldrin. “Everybody knows Buzz Aldrin. He actually came out to the Tulsa Air and Space Museum when I was the executive director there. We did a big event for the museum, so I knew him from before. He knew where my heart was, and certainly he understood what I was trying to achieve. It was really amazing to have a guy like him support my confirmation.”

A little over a year after his 50-49 Senate confirmation, Bridenstine returned to Capitol Hill to speak to many of those senators, but this time it was to discuss what it will take to accomplish the ambitious mission in five years.

NASA devoted around $20 billion to the Apollo missions. That is what it costs to annually operate the space agency today. The cost to send astronauts back to the moon in the next five years will cost NASA considerably more. However, in his May 1 testimony, Bridenstine said it will cost less than the reported additional $8 billion annually to fund the program.

“He’s doing a great job, and all the people who were his detractors early on are now supportive of him,” Lankford says. “They’ve seen him do a nonpartisan job trying to advance NASA and science. They’ve been very, very impressed with what he’s done as administrator.

“Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), unsolicited by me, came up and said, ‘This guy from Oklahoma is really doing a remarkable job for NASA, and I think you oughta know it.’”

It has been eight years since an American astronaut launched from American soil. Bridenstine says by the end of year NASA will resume manned launches from home to the International Space Station. The crew has been selected for that mission, but not yet for 2024. He says there is a “very diverse astronaut corps from which to select” when the time comes.

From there, training will intensify until they are buckled in and the countdown hits zero. Then the next stop is the south pole of the moon, “where there are hundreds of millions of tons of water ice, which represents life support,” he says.

“It’s also rocket fuel. Hydrogen and oxygen is rocket fuel. It’s the same rocket fuel that powered the space shuttle, and it’s the same rocket fuel that will power the Space Launch System — which is the largest rocket ever built — that we’re developing right now,” Bridenstine says. “We’re not just going to the moon, we’re going to the moon sustainably, we’re going to utilize that life support capability. We’re going to stay at the moon. The way we’re doing it now is entirely different than we’ve ever done it before, but it’s equally, if not more, bold.

“My goal is to achieve the president’s vision of a woman on the moon by 2024. That’s what we’re working to achieve.”

 

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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Parents! Have a date night October 25th!!! Send the kiddos to us for a fun evening - Monster Mash Bash! This fundraiser benefits Tulsa Dance Company Ensemble’s cultural exchange & tour to...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Tulsa Dance Company
8207 S. Harvard Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: Tulsa Dance Company
Telephone: 918-779-7360
Contact Name: Tulsa Dance Company
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For the first time, the Oklahoma Aquarium will host seven nights of indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages from Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31! Guests can follow the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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No tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Seymour, a nerdy worker at a run-down florist is romantically pining for a seemingly unattainable beauty named Audrey, when he discovers an unusual plant that only thrives when it is fed human...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East Second Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
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The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
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The Tulsa Walk to Defeat ALS is the signature fundraising event for The ALS Association Oklahoma. The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 202-464-8617

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Together OSU Medicine and OSU Medical Center have built a fully comprehensive health care team to serve families in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. One of those levels of expertise is...

Cost: Free

Where:
OSU Medical Center North Lobby
744 W. Ninth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: OSU Medicine

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 Harvest Hayday!  October 26, from 11am - 2pm.  Come celebrate the arrival of fall!  With hayrides, games, trunk or treating, emergency vehicles, a petting zoo, and more, ...

Cost: Free, except food items for purchase from Food Trucks

Where:
Asbury UMC
6767 S. Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Asbury UMC
Telephone: 918-392-1165
Contact Name: Kim Broadhurst
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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Outdoor All Day Family Friendly Halloween Event 

Cost: $0-$10.00

Where:
Downtown Wagoner
Main Street
Wagoner
Wagoner, OK  74467
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Sponsor: Wagoner Main Street
Telephone: 918-577-1772
Contact Name: Samantha Call
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Buy a Care Card and save up to 20% at more than 200 local stores and restaurants October 25 – November 3, 2018. With Care Card, you’re saving more than money – you’re saving lives....

Cost: $60

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Family & Children's Services
Telephone: 918-560-1115
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Mummies of all ages! Bring your goblins, witches, and super heroes to our fun and food filled Halloween Dance! Saturday, October 26th, 2019 6-9 pm $5 per person (check or cash)  

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Bixby Community Center
211 N Cabaniss Ave
Bixby , OK  74008
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Sponsor: Bixby Community Center
Telephone: 918-366-4841
Contact Name: Victoria Smith

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For the first time, the Oklahoma Aquarium will host seven nights of indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages from Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31! Guests can follow the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
Website »

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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Tulsa Metro Sound Chorus presents: "As Seen on TMS". A comedic review which will keep you in stitches, including music of Iconic Women of Song . Come enjoy the music of Karen Carpenter,...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
Memorial High School
5840 S Hudson Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74135
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Sponsor: Tulsa Metro Sound
Telephone: 918-352-6091
Contact Name: Marlys Fallen
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Choral Music from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Down Under

Cost: $20

Where:
Cascia Hall
2520 S Yorktown Ave
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Chorale
Telephone: 918-625-1527
Contact Name: Anastasia Howard
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Are you looking for a night of Halloween hilarity, ghoulish guffaws, and spooky silliness? Then come and see the spirited stylings of Laughing Matter… Oklahoma’s longest-running...

Cost: $8.00 ($4.00 for children under 12)

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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Luchadores go head to head in the ring to see who really is The Great Pumpkin!

Cost: Free

Where:
Elote Cafe & Catering
514 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Elote Cafe & Catering
Telephone: 918-582-1403
Contact Name: Elote Cafe & Catering
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Seymour, a nerdy worker at a run-down florist is romantically pining for a seemingly unattainable beauty named Audrey, when he discovers an unusual plant that only thrives when it is fed human...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East Second Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
Website »

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No tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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