Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Neighborhoods
  3. Places & Faces

Black History Month: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

See also

NASA Adminstrator Charles Bolden is a Columbia native, born in 1946 and is a graduate of C A Johnson High School and the US Naval Academy. He served in the Marine Corps retiring with the rank of Major General. Bolden became a member of the Astronaut corps in 1980 and served for fourteen years. During that period, 1980-1994, he flew four missions on the Space Shuttle. His most notable mission was that which launched the Hubble Telescope in 1990. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003.

President Barack Obama nominated Bolden to be theNASA administrator and he assumed that office on July 17th, 2009. Prior to that, he had served as Assistant Deputy Administrator, among other posts.

While Bolden is a resident of Houston, he has been generous to his native state. He has donated several flight suits, helmets and other mementos to the South Carolina State Museum. Prior to the Museum's contruction project, these artifacts were on exhibit on the museum’s science floor. Also, Bolden hasn’t been forgotten by the home folks; a stretch of I-77 in Northeast Richland County has been named for him. Bolden also spoke at the October, 2012 groundbreaking for the new facilities at the State Museum.

Those who drive on Two Notch Road in Columbia may notice signs for Charles Bolden Stadium near C.A. Johnson High School. This is named for Bolden’s father who was the football coach there.

Become a friend or follower.

If you would like to receive email updates when new articles are posted, please click the "subscribe" button at the bottom of the page.

If you enjoyed this article, please check my Examiner page here.

Advertisement

Life

  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Using metalic paint
    Metallic paint can be used to refinish furniture or to create the illusion of a larger space
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Gardening
    Have you ever started a garden and found a lone tomato straggler in with the strawberries?
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Adopt a shelter cat
    Ten great reasons to adopt a shelter cat: Just ask Willie Nelson's family
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Chikungunya virus
    Health news: Chikungunya virus has hit a man in Florida
    Camera
    5 Photos
  • Oaks Spa
    Just keep moving is theme at Oaks at Ojai, California’s primo budget spa
    Camera
    6 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Little Jimmy Dickens
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517891934" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517891934&autoStart=true"></div>
  • San Diego Comic-Con 2014 DeviantArt schedule and mega meet up
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/oOhjTBpxT60?rel=0?rel=0&amp;VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Chicago's waterways
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517367513" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517367513&autoStart=true"></div>