Friday, 19 July, 2019

NASA chief shakes up moon program management

US astronaut Buzz Aldrin climbs down the ladder from the lunar module US astronaut Buzz Aldrin climbs down the ladder from the lunar module"Eagle" 15 minutes after Neil Armstrong on 21 July 1969. Image AFP NASA
Elijah Vega | 13 July, 2019, 20:44

In a memo addressed to the space agency's employees, Bridenstine explained that the leadership change is a bid to meet the challenges of the upcoming 2024 moon mission.

NASA's assistant deputy associate administrator of human exploration, Bill Hill, the second in command, was also reassigned.

Two top House Democrats panned Bridenstine's decision to remove Gerstenmaier from his leadership role. Known as "Gerst, " he was working along side Boeing and SpaceX as they developed spacecraft capable of ferrying NASA's astronauts to the International Space Station.

Effective immediately, Ken Bowersox - a five-flight shuttle veteran, space station astronaut and Gerstenmaier's deputy - will take over on an acting basis while Gerstenmaier serves as "special adviser" to NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard, according to Bridenstine's letter sent to agency employees.

"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 in the memo. "We are building for the long term, and this time are going to the Moon to stay".

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The Washington Post writes the developments come as Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials reportedly met with Bridenstine recently to voice their frustration over the agency's slow progress on tackling challenging new mission deadlines. So far, it's unclear if Congress will appropriate the funds needed for the program, and some lawmakers have expressed concern over where the requested money is coming from.

"400,000 people in 2,500 companies made five and a half million bits that went together to make the rocket, each one of which had to be absolutely flawless and ideal and wouldn't break down, and that kind of management is something that Nasa invented and I think has changed the world more than anything else", he said.

On April 11, 1970, NASA astronaut Fred Haise was preparing to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and walk on the surface of the Moon.

Gerstenmaier began his career with NASA in 1977 doing aeronautical research.

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