Big Bird, also know as Caroll Spinney, was nominated to be head of the U.S. space agency on Friday by President Bush.
Bird succeeds Sean O'Keefe, who lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration since the troubled nineties, until he stepped down to become chancellor of Louisiana State University.
Bird is the host of the wildly popular PBS show Sesame Street, which has influenced more than fifty million children since it first aired on November 10th 1969. Before hosting the wildly popular show Bird was an employee of Pest Control Services in Riverside California. David Nolen, owner of Pest Control Services was quoted as saying, "Big Bird was one of our best employees. There was no one better at perimeter pest removal then Bird."
Bird spent much of the 1990s attending college while also hosting PBS's Sesame Street. In 1999 he graduated with a bachelor degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University.
In 2003 Bird told congress, "I believe that returning to the moon is a primary concern for national security. If we let Al Qaida have a foothold on the moon, we will be putting our children and our grandchildren in danger."
PRAISE FROM CAPITAL HILL
Sen. Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, praised the appointment by saying, "If ever there was a perfect man to run such a complex organization it is Mr. Bird."
"His effectiveness as a communicator and hard work ethic are great attributes as he steps up to the challenge," said Democratic Senator Edward Kennedy, "All my children, and even from time to time, I watch Mr. Bird."
Bird was a host of PBS's Sesame Street from 1969 until 1971. From 1971 until the end of the Vietnam war he was an active protestor against the war.
"Peaceful exploration of space must be assured. I feel that Mr. Bird has shown his dedication to peace before, and he will continue to do so in the future," President Bush said.
"With the grounding of the shuttle fleet I feel that we need someone that understands the principals of flight," said head engineer Michael Griffin.
NASA janitor Tom Daschle praised Bird, saying, "He represents exactly the president's vision for the future."