White House frustration over moon mission delays preceded removal of top NASA official

It’s been a week of major change for NASA after the top two leaders of the agency’s human exploration program were suddenly reassigned without much warning. It was a shocking personnel shakeup, coming just months after NASA was challenged to send humans back to the Moon by 2024. It’s led many to suspect that NASA’s Moon initiative may not be running all that smoothly — or that the White House has gotten involved. The Verge spoke with NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine to better understand why these changes were made and what this means for the future of NASA’s lunar initiative, dubbed Artemis. Bridenstine explained that the Artemis program is still very much intact, but in the months to come, we will be seeing more of an emphasis on how... Continue reading…

NASA Chief Says Leadership Changes Linked to Urgency in Exploration Programs

NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said he needed to move quickly to change leadership of NASA's exploration programs to address cost and schedule issues and keep a 2024 human lunar landing on track.

Mon 15 Jul 19 from SPACE.com

NASA Shakes Up Exploration Leadership

Thu 11 Jul 19 from SPACE.com

NASA shake-up in new race to the moon

As NASA scrambles to meet U.S. President Donald Trump's mandate to return humans to the moon by 2024, two longtime heads of NASA's human exploration wing were demoted Wednesday in a slew of ...

Thu 11 Jul 19 from Reuters

NASA replaces key administrator amid push to return to moon - CNET

William Gerstenmaier, head of the agency's human exploration office, has been demoted.

Wed 10 Jul 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

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