NASA has been with out a everlasting chief for greater than a 12 months. Now its momentary chief is leaving, too.
In an electronic mail to the house company’s workers on Monday, Robert M. Lightfoot Jr., the appearing administrator, introduced that he would retire on April 30.
Mr. Lightfoot mentioned he was leaving “with bittersweet emotions,” however didn’t say why he was retiring.
“I can not categorical sufficient my gratitude to your complete NASA group for the assist throughout my profession and particularly the final 14 months as your appearing administrator,” Mr. Lightfoot wrote.
The earlier administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr., stepped down on Jan. 20, 2017, the primary day of the Trump presidency. Mr. Lightfoot, who was affiliate administrator, the third-highest rating place at NASA, took over as appearing administrator.
In September, President Trump nominated Jim Bridenstine, a Republican congressman from Oklahoma, to be the subsequent administrator. However the Senate has but to vote to substantiate Mr. Bridenstine.