NASA replaces key administrator amid push to return to moon

12 Juillet, 2019, 06:25 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • NASA replaces key administrator amid push to return to moon

As head of the human exploration division, Gerstenmaier has overseen many of NASA's biggest projects for human spaceflight, such as the operations on the International Space Station, the development of NASA's next big rocket, the Space Launch System, and the Commercial Crew program - an initiative to launch astronauts to the ISS using commercial spacecraft. "Given NASA is no longer pursuing the new mission directorate, Mark has opted to pursue other opportunities", Bridenstine said in a memo to employees at the time. Gerstenmaier had yielded his position to former astronaut and agency official Ken Bowersox. Tom Whitmeyer will replace Hill in an acting capacity.

As of recent, William Gerstenmaier has ceased to be the Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. This represented an order to expedite Space Policy Directive-1 signed by President Trump on December 11th, 2017, which directed NASA to take all the necessary steps to send astronauts back to the Moon.

"NASA has always been fortunate to have great talent that has served our country well", Bridenstine wrote. "As we work to fill these key positions in the HEO, we'll keep mission targeted, knowing that exploration will go ahead".

"On the anniversary of the Moon landing, we're bringing you new ways to learn about this milestone of human achievement, including new perspectives and stories that celebrate the lesser-known figures who made it happen", the blog post added.

At the time, NASA's Moon to Mars page still listed 2028 as the target for putting astronauts on the moon. Artemis astronauts will fly to the moon aboard roomier Orion capsules, built by Lockheed Martin.

Amazon Prime annual membership now just £59 ahead of Prime Day
It can help you see if you're really getting the lowest price or if the item tends to be cheaper during other times of the year. Now established as the "other" big online sales event of the year, Amazon Prime day is nearly here.

Richard Seymour finishes 131st in World Series of Poker Main Event
This year's WSOP main event, a no-limit Texas hold 'em style tournament, had a total of 8,569 entries. He won't make that much money playing poker, but there are much worse ways to spend your retired life.

Elle annule un concert en Arabie Saoudite — Nicki Minaj
Il faut dire qu'en Arabie Saoudite, les femmes sont légalement placées sous le contrôle de leur père, mari, frère ou même fils. La rappeuse américaine a renoncé à sa performance prévue le 18 juillet à Djeddah, évoquant "la liberté d'expression".

NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The program is expected to cost billions more in the next few years as NASA rushes to meet the 2024 target date.

Gerstenmaier appeared to favor test firing the mammoth rocket's first stage, powered by four upgraded space shuttle main engines, at NASA's Stennis Space Center in MS next year to make sure the booster met its design specifications. NASA has not yet announced a decision on the green run test.

Having served at the agency since 1977, Gerstenmaier had been in charge of some of NASA's most high-profile programs and is known as a steady and methodical force inside the halls of NASA's headquarters.

"We, as a nation, are thankful for his service in advancing America's priorities and expanding the limits of science, technology and exploration", Bridenstine wrote of Gerstenmaier in his email, according to CBS News.

Conseillé:



Populaire

Neymar va s'expliquer dans une émission — PSG
Vendredi, Neymar s'exprimera pour la première fois depuis le communiqué du PSG , lundi, consécutif à son absence pour la reprise. Justement, il semblerait que cette même cheville ne soit plus du tout douloureuse et que l'état de forme de Neymar soit optimal.

Announcement scheduled for new British GP deal
Norris has been instrumental in taking McLaren into fourth in the constructors' championship and has shown huge promise. I feel like there have been other incidents in the past, which have been less big in a way, and have been penalised.

UCL hero Origi signs new Liverpool contract
He has been persistently linked with a move to Merseyside this summer but there is no substance to any of the reports about him. Origi played 21 times last season, not making his first appearance until November 6 and starting just seven games.

'How to Get Away With Murder' Ending After Season 6
Beloved murder mystery series How to Get Away with Murder is sadly coming to an end after its upcoming sixth season. The drama also remains a source of pride for Rhimes, who left ABC Studios in 2018 for a rich deal at Netflix.

La toute dernière Coccinelle de Volkswagen est sortie d’usine
Volkswagen a produit mercredi sa dernière Coccinelle, signant la fin d'une des voitures les plus iconiques de l'histoire. Et bien sûr les phares, faisant immanquablement penser à deux grands yeux sur un visage au sourire bienveillant.

Le Sénégal et le Nigeria en demi-finale — FOOTBALL CAN
Les Lions de la Terenga ont réussi ensuite à tenir le score et se qualifient logiquement pour les demies finales. C'est Idrissa Gueye , à la 70e, qui trompera finalement le portier béninois sur un service de Sadio Mané .

Norwegian Air CEO steps down, sees 737 MAX flying in October
At the same time, chairman, Niels Smedegaard, will take on a more active role in the management. The company began as a small Norwegian airline at Oslo airport when he was a fighter pilot.

Kohli not against IPL-style playoffs in World Cup
India are a world-class side but cricket is fickle in its nature, especially when it comes to the white ball game. It doesn't matter what you have done before that.

Lamar Odom 'deactivated' by Big3 league after making debut
He was hospitalized after being found unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel following a drug overdose in 2015. Joe Johnson, a seven-time NBA All-Star, has been a force this season, leading the league in scoring.

Donald Trump ne peut pas bloquer Twitter — États-Unis
C'est ce qu'a jugé mardi une cour d'appel fédérale, confirmant la décision en première instance d'une juge new-yorkaise en 2018. Donald Trump n'a pas le droit de bloquer ses détracteurs sur Twitter juste parce qu'ils ne sont pas d'accord avec lui.