15. May 2018
NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, gets a new director: Mark Geyer. He will replace current director Ellen Ochoa after a 30-year career with the US Space Agency on 25 May 2018.
The selection was announced by NASA Administrator Jim Briddenstine on May 14, 2018. Geyer will lead more than 10,000 public employees and contractor employees, said the space agency, which includes those at well-known facilities such as the Christopher C. Kraft Jr.'s Mission Control Center includes overseas US spaceflight missions, including American activities aboard the International Space Station. In addition, the center heads operations at White Sands Test Facility near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
"Mark has spent nearly three decades at the program, center, and headquarters level with outstanding NASA leadership experience, and he has worked his way up the ranks, knowing what it takes to get our astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars Briddentine said in a NASA press release . "Johnson has been NASA's home base for astronauts and mission control throughout our history, and Mark is superbly qualified to continue this historic legacy."
Bridenstine also thanked Ochoa, a former NASA astronaut, for her years of service. She was the first Hispanic woman to fly into space when she boarded the Space Shuttle Discovery STS-56 mission in 1993. Over a total of four space flights she registered more than 1,000 hours in orbit. 19659006] Space Agency Bio . After retiring from her astronaut role in 2007, she became deputy director of the Johnson Space Center before becoming a director in January 2013.
"Your legacy and contributions to this center and to NASA are timeless," said Briddentine. "She will be missed."
Geyer, who has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in aerospace from Purdue University, is currently Deputy Deputy Head of the Department of Technical Research for Human Exploration and Operations Mission at NASA's headquarters in According to the space agency, Washington was a position he accepted on October 1, 2017. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center.
According to NASA Geyer began his career with the Space Agency in 1990 as a systems engineer for the Lunar and Mars Exploration Office. In 1999 he became an increment manager for the program of the International Space Station. In 2000, he was head of the ISS Integration Office and was responsible for defining the assembly sequence of the outpost. From 2004 to 2007, he was deputy program director of the now discontinued Constellation program, and from 2007 was head of the Orion program until 2015, when he assumed the position of Deputy Director of the Center.
"It is an honor to be named the head of the Orion program for the men and women of this proud center," Geyer said in a NASA press release. "The Johnson Space Center has unique capabilities that are critical to NASA's ability to fulfill our mission of bringing people further into the Solar System, and I look forward to working with each of you on the ambitious upcoming tasks."
Derek Richardson holds a degree in mass media, with a focus in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the satellite MUOS-4. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.
His passion for space caught fire as he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space on October 29, 1998. Today, this excitement has accelerated towards orbit and shows no sign of slowing down. After trying his hand at math and engineering classes at college, he soon realized that his true vocation was to communicate with others through space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has been working to improve the quality of our content and ultimately become our editor-in-chief. @TheSpaceWriter