“I would like to thank Gayle for everything she has done for her. Over the past few years, she has been working in the chief scientist’s office.
“I’m excited to have Jim take on this new role,” Lightfoot added. “He brings a variety of scientific research experience and planetary exploration expertise to the chief scientist position that will allow him to hit the ground running with great enthusiasm and engagement.”
In his new job, Green will serve as the chief advisor to the heads of NASA and other agencies on scientific plans, planning and policy.
Agency officials said he will also convey to NASA’s broader scientific community the research goals and achievements of NASA.
Agency officials said that when Greene assumes a new role, Lori Glaze, now director of the Planetary Geology, Geophysics and Geochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, will become Acting Director of the Planetary Sciences Department.
The NASA leadership will soon have more changes. Lightfoot said he will retire from NASA on April 30th. Unless President Donald Trump chooses to serve as NASA’s former Oklahoma State Assemblyman Jim Breddenstein, he will become Steve Jurczyk’s acting administrator and now the deputy director of the agency. Before this Congress. However, the latter case does not seem to be very likely, because Brundenstine’s nomination has been set aside for 14 months.