NASA chief spoke to SpaceX official about Musk’s Twitter ‘distraction’
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he has pushed SpaceX’s head aside to express concern about Elon Musk’s Twitter controversies potentially affecting the space company.
Nelson said he asked Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and COO, earlier this month whether controversy on Twitter would affect business at SpaceX, a critical partner for NASA.
“Tell me the distractions Elon might have on Twitter won’t affect SpaceX,” Nelson told her, according to NBC News.
Shotwell replied that “there’s nothing to worry about,” according to Nelson’s account of the conversation.
Nelson told NBC News he’s not worried about SpaceX, which Musk runs as CEO, and was reassured by Shotwell.
“I hugged her with a smile on my face because I know she runs that thing. She runs SpaceX,” he said.
Nelson spoke to reporters after a press conference on Sunday, just hours after the Orion capsule returned to Earth and completed the Artemis 1 mission. So were his comments about Shotwell and SpaceX reported by an editor at Ars Technica.
SpaceX brings NASA astronauts to the International Space Station and has saved the space agency billions of dollars.
SpaceX is also working with NASA on future Artemis missions, which will land astronauts on the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years.
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