NASA confident in SpaceX after raucous Twitter takeover by Elon Musk: report

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NASA confident in SpaceX after raucous Twitter takeover by Elon Musk: report

By Elizabeth Howell

 published 7 minutes ago

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said CEO Gwynne Shotwell was reassuring during a recent conversation.

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk. (Image credit: Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Upheaval on Twitter under its new owner, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, is not distracting SpaceX from delivering on NASA’s needs, the agency administrator said.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that the tumultuous Twitter takeover has not affected SpaceX’s work to date. He also received personal assurances about billionaire Elon Musk from one of SpaceX’s senior officials, according to NBC News(opens in new tab). Nelson spoke with Gwynne Shotwell, a long-time employee of SpaceX who is also the company’s president and chief operating officer, on Dec. 5, the report noted. The two were attending the Kennedy Center Honors, an American culture celebration, in Washington, D.C.

When he asked whether Twitter was a distraction, Shotwell told Nelson, “I assure you, it is not,” Nelson said in the NBC report published Sunday (Dec. 11).

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“As you know, she has been designated as the person to lead SpaceX,” Nelson said. “So I take it straight from what we in the south say: the horse’s mouth. And she’s the horse that’s running SpaceX.”

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