WASHINGTON — The head of NASA’s Johnson Space Center is stepping down from his post because of health issues, but will remain with the agency as an adviser.
In a three-minute video published May 3, Mark Geyer announced that he would leave the position of director of the Houston-based center in order to focus on treatment for an unspecified cancer diagnosed a year ago.
“I’ve been dealing with cancer for about 12 months, the symptoms and mitigations, and given that the treatment has no clear end in sight, I made the decision that it was time to step down,” he said. “This job is more than a full-time job, and even though [deputy director] Vanessa [Wyche] and my staff and others in the leadership have backed me up when necessary, it’s really clear now that I need to focus on the treatment.”
Geyer became director of JSC in May 2018 after serving as acting deputy associate administrator for technical in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. He previously was deputy director of JSC and a longtime manager of the Orion program.
NASA said in a statement that Geyer will remain with the agency as a senior ...