Scolese to Head Goddard, Lightfoot Coming to NASA Headquarters

Scolese to Head Goddard, Lightfoot Coming to NASA Headquarters

NASA’s Chris Scolese and Robert Lightfoot are about to assume new roles at the agency.  Scolese will be the new director of the Goddard Space Flight Center while Lightfoot replaces Scolese at NASA Headquarters.

Scolese is currently NASA’s Associate Administrator, the third highest ranking official at the agency and the top civil servant (the Administrator and Deputy Administrator are political appointees).   He served as Acting Administrator after the departure of Mike Griffin while the current Administrator, Charlie Bolden, was being selected and confirmed. He will replace Rob Strain as director of Goddard in Greenbelt, MD; Strain recently left to join Ball Aerospace.

Lightfoot is the director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.    He will replace Scolese as Acting Associate Administrator.

Both men are NASA veterans and will assume their new roles on March 5. 

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