October 20, 2021

NASA cites SpaceX success in announcing new directorate

NASA announced the creation of the new directorate at a town hall meeting with agency employees. Jim Free, a former associate NASA administrator, will run the new directorate. Kathy Lueders, who leads the agency’s current Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, will run a second new directorate, to be known as Space Operations. It will oversee programs once they transition out of development, such as the space station, the commercialization of low Earth orbit, and, in the years to come, operations on the moon, NASA said in a statement.

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