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NASA creates, and fills, high-level position dedicated to exploration

14 Jun 2018, 10:47 UTC
NASA creates, and fills, high-level position dedicated to exploration
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Steve Clarke, NASA’s new Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration, will be responsible for developing the strategies for a variety of the agency’s exploration programs. Image Credit: NASA
One of NASA‘s principal functions is to provide leadership in space exploration, and now the agency has a position that is the embodiment of that responsibility. Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s new Administrator, recently named Steve Clarke as the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration.
In a release issued by the agency on Monday June 11, 2018, Bridenstine provided a broad outline of Clarke’s responsibilities, something for which the new Deputy Associate Administrator may be well-suited.
Steve Clarke, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Photo credit: NASA
“He’ll help integrate near-term and long-term lunar exploration with science missions and other destinations, including Mars,” noted the NASA Administrator. Clarke will facilitate interaction between different departments within the agency, as well as with commercial partners and the scientific community.
Clarke returns to NASA after a stint as a senior policy analyst with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, and assumes his role at a time when the agency has a renewed ...

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