Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
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The Management Of Moon Program Was Shaken Up By NASA

The Management Of Moon Program Was Shaken Up By NASA

The widely-respected Gerstenmaier is a NASA veteran who joined the agency in 1977, rising to become one of its top managers, overseeing the space shuttle program and United States operations on the International Space Station before becoming head of HEO. 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 an effort to meet this problem, I've determined to make management changes to the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate". Another top NASA employee, Bill Hill, who was deputy associate administrator of human exploration, was also reassigned to a special adviser position.

The program is expected to cost billions more in the next few years as NASA rushes to meet the 2024 target date.

The high-profile executive changes at NASA come at a time when the agency is working on its new moonshot program named Artemis. "Given NASA is no longer pursuing the new mission directorate, Mark has opted to pursue other opportunities", Bridenstine said in a memo to employees at the time.

In June Bridenstine told CNN Business NASA will need an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion besides NASA's current budget over the next five years for its Artemis moon project.

Rep. Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, chairwoman of the House subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, also said she was "concerned about the impacts that such abrupt leadership changes in our nation's human space flight programs could have" at a time when they're testing the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft that will help the crew get to the moon.

NASA has shaken up it leadership ranks as the Trump administration pushes the agency to return to the moon.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary 2019: On July 20, 2019, the world will complete 50 years since mankind first stepped foot on the Moon.

"I want you to know that we're going to be back on the moon very soon, and, someday soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars", Trump said during his Fourth of July speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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