In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Top House space committee leaders raise questions about removal of NASA human space exploration leadership. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks about his decision to replace Human Exploration and Operations Directorate leadership. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft executes 2nd landing on asteroid Ryugu.
Human Space Exploration
NASA shakes up exploration leadershipSpaceNews.com (7/11): A shakeup among the leadership of NASA’s Human Exploration Operations Directorate was unexpected among those within and outside the agency. But it appears to be linked to concerns over the pace of Artemis, the White House pledge made in late March to return human explorers to the surface of the Moon in 2024. Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations, was reassigned late Wednesday as special assistant to NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard. Gerstenmaier’s deputy Bill Hill was reassigned as a special advisor to NASA Associate Administrator Steve Jurczyk. Ken Bowersox, a former NASA astronaut will take Gerstenmaier’s post on an acting basis. Tom Whitmeyer will take Hill’s old post, also on an acting basis.
Top House Committee Democrats seek details of sudden dismissal of Gerstenmaier and HillSpacepolicyonline.com (7/12): U.S. Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson, chair of the House ...