NASA replaces key administrator amid push to return to moon

Armstrong on 20 July 1969 shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Image AFP  NASA

Armstrong on 20 July 1969 shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Image AFP NASA

An extended-time NASA veteran, Hill helped manage the growth of the company's new heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System, or SLS wanted to hold astronauts again to the moon.

WASHINGTON: NASA has replaced the head of its human space exploration directorate in a major shake-up, USA media reported Wednesday, as the agency scrambles to meet President Donald Trump´s ambitious deadline to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.

"In an effort to meet this challenge, I have decided to make leadership changes to the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate".

To meet this "bold challenge", NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in an email to employees that Bill Gerstenmaier, head of the agency´s Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) missions directorate, has been removed from his position and assigned an advisory role, the Washington Post and other USA news outlets. Replacing Gersteinmaier as acting associate administrator for human exploration is Ken Bowersox, a former astronaut and vice-president of Astronaut Safety and Mission Assurance at SpaceX.

"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".

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On March 26th, 2019, during the fifth meeting of the reestablished National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence challenged NASA to land astronauts on the Moon within the next five years. The revised moon program is known as Artemis. Mark Sirangelo, who was recently hired to helm a new "Moon to Mars" directorate at NASA, resigned after just one month of working at the agency, and NASA made a decision to scrap plans for the new division altogether.

In another sign of internal shakeups in the space agency, Mark Sirangelo, a special assistant to Bridenstine, resigned in May, amid dwindling congressional support for the lunar initiative.

NASA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. During his 42 years at NASA, he served in many high-profile positions, including the Shuttle/Mir Program operations manager, the Space Shuttle Program Integration manager, the ISS Program manager, and the Space Operations Directorate associate administrator. More features such as moon- and space-related tours and quizzes on Google Earth have also been lined up from July 15.

The second flight of an SLS will carry four astronauts on a lunar orbit mission in the 2022-23 timeframe and the third will ferry a crew to Gateway for the first lunar landing. Gerstenmaier was an important part of NASA's ambitious projects on space exploration. He was there managing the development of the agency's newest rocket. William Gerstenmaier, head of the agency's human exploration office, was suddenly demoted on Wednesday.

"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.

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