In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Legislation, the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act, and White House guidance from the new National Space Council should enable NASA to hold a steady course as he retires, according to Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Biotech, pharma and fiber optic production could help to transition the International Space Station from NASA to private sector operations. NASA’s Mars InSight lander moves from Colorado to California with great care.
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Lightfoot expects few NASA changes despite leadership uncertainty
Space News (3/14): NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot told a Washington audience he expects the agency to move ahead without major change as he retires at the end of April, based on passage nearly a year ago of the 2017 NASA Transition Authorization Act and the subsequent re-establishment of the National Space Council. Lightfoot has served in the “acting” role since January of 2017. The U.S. Senate has yet to act on the nomination of President Trump’s choice for NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
Senate confirms DeWit as new NASA CFO
Spacepolicyonline.com (3/14): Arizona State Treasurer Jeffrey DeWit has been confirmed as NASA’s chief financial officer by the U.S. Senate. DeWit served as chief operating officer and chief financial ...