Ellen Ochoa retires as Johnson Space Center Director, NASA

May 16, 2018: Mark Geyer has been appointed as the Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), effective on Friday, May 25, 2018, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Monday, May 14, 2018. Geyer succeeds current Center Director and former Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, who is retiring after thirty years at NASA. The Johnson Space Center has about 10,000 civil service and contractor employees, including those who work at the White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Center oversees many human spaceflight programs. Geyer is currently the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Technical for the Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this position, which he assumed on October 1, 2017, he’s responsible for assisting the Associate Administrator in providing strategic direction for all aspects of NASA’s human spaceflight exploration mission. Before that, Geyer was the Deputy Center Director at Johnson until September, 2017. Geyer joined NASA in 1990 and was the Program Manager for many of the space agency’s initiatives, including the International Space Station Program from 1994 to 2005, the Constellation Program from 2005 to 2007, and the Orion Program from 2007 to 2015. He also briefly contributed to Johnson Space Center programs after leading the Orion project. Born in Indianapolis, Geyer received his bachelor of science degree in aeronautics engineering and his master of science degree in aeronautics from Purdue University in Indiana. Geyer is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Executive Rank Award and the Distinguished Executive Rank Award.

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