Senator Bill Nelson released his campaign’s first digital ad in the race to hold onto his Senate seat which touts his experience as an astronaut.
While in Congress Nelson, a Democrat, along with Republican Senator Jake Garn, flew to space on the shuttle in the mid 1980s. Nelson flew as a payload specialist on board the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1985. Garn flew on board Space Shuttle Discover in 1986. They each spent around six days in space.
Now a Senator, Nelson sits on the Commerce, Science & Transportation committee responsible for appropriating funds for NASA.