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Did something happen at NASA recently?

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posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 12:47 PM
This is something interesting. For the past few months or so I have been on NASA's News release email list. And a couple of people have seemed to be leaving simultaneously and a recent death as well occurred. I will attempt to post the articles directly here since the articles came to me via email.
The thing is, did something happen or are these simply some regular movements to be expected for them? (as in obvious retirement, moving on to new things, etc.)

posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 12:47 PM
First article:

June 30, 2008

David Mould
Headquarters, Washington

RELEASE: 08-164


WASHINGTON -- NASA Chief of Strategic Communications Robert Hopkins
announced Monday that he will be leaving the agency for a position in
the private sector.

Hopkins served as a senior adviser to Deputy Administrator Shana Dale
and as assistant administrator for the recently established Office of
Communications Planning before assuming the strategic communications
role. In these positions, he led the formulation of a strategic
communications framework and implementation plan for the agency that
provided a foundation for activities including planning for NASA's
50th anniversary in 2008. Hopkins also implemented several management
initiatives, including a communications portal and tool kit and an
agency-wide Communications Coordinating Committee to better integrate
communications across NASA. He also developed plans to broaden
understanding of NASA's work and mission through outreach efforts
such as NASA Future Forums and the NASA Lecture Series.

"Bob is innovative and empowers his people to think outside the box,"
Dale said. "He and his team have developed message themes that
resonate with the American public and figured out creative, new ways
to deliver those messages. He will be missed."

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin named Chris Shank as acting chief
of strategic communications. Shank currently serves as the director
of strategic investments in the Office of Program Analysis and
Evaluation. Prior to joining NASA in 2005, Shank served as a
professional staff member on the House Subcommittee for Space and
Aeronautics, and held a variety of positions in the U.S. Air Force
and at the National Reconnaissance Office.


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posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 12:48 PM
Edit: Disregard this article actually, just one of the old guys who died. Robert Seamans. God rest his soul. He died on June 28, 2008.

Second Article:

June 30, 2008

David Mould
Headquarters, Washington

RELEASE: 08-163


WASHINGTON -- The following is a statement from NASA Administrator
Michael Griffin regarding the death Dr. Robert C. Seamans, Jr., NASA
deputy administrator from 1965 to 1968:

"Robert Seamans was one of the early leaders in launching NASA's
efforts to explore the new frontier of space. As NASA's associate
administrator and then deputy administrator, Bob, as a top manager
and consummate engineer, was instrumental in the decision making,
planning and program execution that enabled the United States to meet
President Kennedy's goal of landing men on the moon. He will be
remembered as one of the great pioneers and leaders of America's
space program."


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[edit on 30-6-2008 by spec_ops_wannabe]

posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 12:49 PM
June 30, 2008

Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington

Kylie Clem
Johnson Space Center, Houston

RELEASE: 08-162


HOUSTON -- Veteran space shuttle astronaut James Reilly has left NASA
to accept a position in the private sector. Reilly flew on three
space shuttle missions to two space stations.

"Jim Reilly performed superbly as an astronaut over the course of his
career at NASA," Astronaut Office chief Steve Lindsey said. "His
technical, operational and people skills contributed directly to the
success of the space shuttle and International Space Station
programs. He was a key leader in the Astronaut Office and will be

Reilly's spaceflight experience includes more than 853 hours in space.
He has conducted five spacewalks, totaling more than 31 hours.

Selected as an astronaut in 1994, Reilly first flew in January 1998
aboard shuttle Endeavour's STS-89 mission, the eighth shuttle mission
to visit the Russian space station Mir. He next flew in 2001 on
STS-104 aboard shuttle Atlantis, performing three spacewalks during
that flight to install the joint airlock on the International Space
Station. Reilly again flew on Atlantis in 2007 on STS-117, performing
two spacewalks for construction and repair of the International Space

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posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 02:49 PM
Looks like a common private sector movement.

I thought you had something about NASA moving into the
Global Warming issue.

Sounds like a new wave of innovations for the GW issue.

posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 02:55 PM
reply to post by spec_ops_wannabe

A friend who retired from NASA said that a purge was going on. She also told me that some folks like her were either taking other jobs or retiring before leaving the USA altogether. She has recently relocated to Argentina.

I have nothing else to offer but this little bit of information knowing that it carries with it lots of questions and no answers. I have been noticing larger and larger numbers of US Americans with wealth moving to the southern hemisphere.

posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 03:25 PM
Project orion. Shelved in the 60's. now, resurrected.

posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 09:59 PM

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