NASA on Nov. 16 announced leadership changes at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. As SpaceNews reported Nov. 15, astronaut Ellen Ochoa will replace Mike Coats as the director of Johnson when Coats retires at the end of this year. Ramon Lugo, Glenn's director since 2010, will be replaced by his deputy, James Free, according to a just-issued NASA press release.
Did a more heroic a figure than John Glenn ever don a spacesuit or climb into a capsule? Perhaps not; his imprint has shaped the course of space exploration since the earliest days to the present. Fifty years ago — on Feb. 20, 1962 — he led the United States into Earth orbit with a daring flight aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft that might have been modest in actual accomplishment but was gigantic in meaning. With the nation locked in a Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union, success in space served as a surrogate for a grand rivalry in which everyone believed only one way of life — democratic and capitalistic or communist and totalitarian — would survive.
Claims by the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that NASA plans to shift work on human spaceflight activities away from the NASA Glenn Research Center sparked a war of words between supporters of GOP candidate Mitt Romney and officials from the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, SpacePolitics.com reports.
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland awarded a one-year contract option to ASRC Aerospace Corp. of Greenbelt, Md., for engineering and scientific services. The one-year extension has a not-to-exceed value of $50 million, NASA said in an Aug. 18 press release.
Ramon “Ray” Lugo, acting director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center since shortly after Woodrow Whitlow moved to NASA Headquarters in February, will become the Cleveland field center’s permanent director July 18.
Washington -- Aeronautics research has long been the mainstay of NASA's John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. But as the U.S. space agency's spending on aeronautics declined just as the president's Vision for Space Exploration was taking off, Glenn, facing the challenge of staying relevant in this new environment, saw exploration research become a major focus of its work, according to its director.