Under Mr Bridenstine's stewardship, NASA has pressed ahead with plans to get back to the Moon, scheduled for 2024 where the space agency will begin building a lunar base readying the lunar satellite for colonisation.
NASA also announced on November 10 that it had approved the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule to legally transport humans, paving the way for regular flights to the International Space Station.
When President Donald Trump nominated the former Republican Congressman to lead NASA in 2017, many lawmakers opposed the idea of a politician heading the United States space agency.More news: TikTok asks US court to slow forced sale with deadline approaching
When it was first requested that Bridenstine's nomination be approved as administrator, some members of Congress objected to the appointment of a politician in charge of NASA.
"For that you need someone who has a close relationship with the President of the United States". You have to have those relationships.
"Whatever the boss is, they should have someone they know and trust and someone the administration trusts".
Bridenstine told Aviation Daily that his decision was driven by a desire to support the "best interest" of NASA and the country's space exploration goals as a whole, rather than any partisan leanings. Speaking to AerospaceDaily, Bridenstine said that he thinks NASA will have a better chance of political success with a new chief.More news: OnePlus Nord SE will debut in March and will receive 65W charging
The 45-year old continued: "I haven't even begun thinking about that".
"This has been the greatest experience of my life by far, and I'm so grateful for it".
"After you've run NASA, to go from doing this to whatever I do next is going to be really hard".
"But I am under no illusions". SpaceX built the capsule under NASA's Commercial Crew Program, which started under the Obama administration.More news: Rapper King Von Shot Outside Atlanta Lounge, 2 People Killed