Exclusive: NASA administrator to submit a decision to the replacement of the head of the manned space flight programs

The NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine, pictured here, said the long-time head of NASA’s human space flight programs is to be replaced, saying, “it’s time to move on.”
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WASHINGTON – The long-time head of NASA’s human space flight programs, has been replaced as the agency races to meet the President’s Home to an ambitious goal of sending American astronauts to the Moon in five years, with a major shakeup that stunned the room by members of the community.

William Gerstenmaier, known within the agency as simply “Barley” – started working for NASA in 1977 as an engineer and rose to the rank of associate administrator for human exploration and operations in the year 2004. However, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, it is true that bona fides that earned him the boot.

“He’s been in the us for 42 years, and we love him for it, and in fact, we have an opportunity now, in order to land on the Moon in the year 2024 because of all the hard work he has put into the program,” Bridenstine said Gerstenmaier in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “But sometimes we have to remember, he began to work in the us when I was 2 years old, and there comes a time in every career when it is time to move on.”

William Gerstenmaier, seen here in November 2018, it has been replaced as associate administrator for the human exploration for NASA.
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When pressed on what, specifically, earned Gerstenmaier falling, Bridenstine said, “I don’t think that there has to be something that he wasn’t doing it. I think it’s time for new leadership.”

The house Science, Space and Technology Committee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, said she is baffled by the decision to abruptly remove a person, with Gerstenmaier, the level of institutional knowledge.

“The Trumpet of the Administration is ill-defined, a crash program to land astronauts on the Moon in a bid for the 2024 games was to be challenging enough to reach under the best of circumstances. The removal of an experienced engineering lead on this effort, and the rest of the nation’s human space flight programs at such a crucial point in time, it seems ill-conceived at best,” said Johnson.


For months, the Home’s administration has been blunt about his frustration with the space agency’s track record for the execution of the budget and is behind schedule.

“NASA needs to transform itself into a leaner, more accountable, and more flexible organisation,” the Vice-President, Mike Pence, said in March, when he announced that the new moonshot program. “If NASA is unable for the time being, the landing of American astronauts on the Moon within the last five years, we need to change the organization, not the mission.”


The organization that changed Wednesday night, when, Gerstenmaier and his deputy, Bill and Hill have been assigned to special assistant positions. Former NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox was named the interim head of human exploration, but, Bridenstine has been the launch of a national search for a permanent replacement.

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“We’ll go to the Moon. We have developed a new generation of leaders to step up and go for the goal,” Bridenstine said.

Rep. Johnson has conducted an open search, it is a sign of the shakeup was a bad idea.

“You don’t need to change horses in mid-stream, or, if you’re trying to do, you’re better off with the other horse, ready to go,” Johnson said.

NASA’s new moonshot program, with the name, However, because it is the “twin sister” of the Apollo program achieved the first moon landing 50 years ago next week. (In the ancient Greek mythology, Artemis and Apollo were the twin offspring of the god Zeus and the goddess Leto.)

Bridenstine stressed that Gerstenmaier, was on board with, However this accelerated timeline.


“He has helped us in the development of this project. He gave us guidance that this was achievable,” said Bridenstine. “In fact, we have a chance to land [on the Moon] in a bid for the 2024 games, because of his efforts.”

But these efforts were not enough to Gerstenmaier in order to keep track of his or her duties. When asked if any of the other organizational changes were in the works, Bridenstine said, “Not at this time.”

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