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NASA’s acting administrator says he’ll retire in April, adding to power vacuum
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Robert Lightfoot, who has been serving as NASA’s acting administrator since the start of the Trump administration, says he’ll be retiring at the end of next month. His departure after more than a year of caretaker duty could open the power vacuum in space policy even wider — or force a resolution. President Donald Trump nominated Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., to fill NASA’s top post last September, but his nomination has languished because Senate confirmation is in doubt. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is said to be a key opponent, claiming that Bridenstine would be too much of a political choice for… Read More read more
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