In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot’s April 30 retirement plans place new urgency on establishing permanent agency leadership. Former Google Lunar X-Prize contestants forge ahead with commercial moon plans. Experts not ruling out habitable environments in the outer solar system.
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NASA acting administrator Lightfoot to retire
Space News (3/12): Robert Lightfoot, who’s led NASA as acting administrator since January 2017, a record, announced his retirement on Monday. Lightfoot, who will depart on April 30, promised a smooth transition. Meanwhile, the full U.S. Senate has yet to consider President Trump’s nomination of Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma Congressman, to lead the space agency. An engineer, Lightfoot joined NASA in 1989 at the Marshall Space Flight Center and went on to hold several high level posts.
Lightfoot retirement and impasse over Bridenstine puts NASA leadership in limbo
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/12): With NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot’s retirement set for April 30, NASA could face a leadership deficit if the White House and U.S. Senate are unable to agree on a full time successor. The Senate has so far been unable to come to an agreement on the nomination of Jim Bridenstine, an Oklahoma congressmen, over concerns he ...