The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced its next chief scientist. As per the reports, acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot has named Jim Green as the agency’s next chief Scientists. At present, Jim Green is the director of the Science Mission Directorate’s Planetary Science Division.
Green will join as the chief scientists of NASA from May 1. NASA informed that Jon Green will succeed Gale Allen, who was serving as acting chief scientist of NASA since 2016 and will be retiring after more than 30 years of government service. Lightfoot said, I want to thank Gale for all she has done for the agency and, for the past few years, in the Office of the Chief Scientist. Gale had an amazing career and is a role model to so many. I wish her the best in retirement.
Lightfoot further added that he is excited about Jim taking up this new role as he brings a variety of scientific research experience and planetary exploration expertise to the chief scientist position. This new position will allow Green to hit the ground running with great enthusiasm and engagement. After becoming the chief scientist of NASA, Green will serve as the main adviser to the NASA chief and will represent the agency’s strategic science objectives and contributions to the national and international science and space communities. John is serving as Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters since August 2006.
During his 12 year tenure at the office, Green was part of numerous successful missions like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity Martian rovers, News Horizons mission that went to Pluto and beyond. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has named Lori Glaze as the acting director of the Science Mission Directorate. Glaze has been serving as the chief of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Laboratory at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland since 2017.