March 22, 1989 |
James C. Fletcher, who returned to the helm of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration during its darkest hours, announced his resignation Tuesday, effective April 8. Fletcher, 69, who had served as NASA administrator from April of 1971 to May of 1977, reluctantly accepted the post in 1986 for a second time in the aftermath of the Challenger explosion, the nation's worst space disaster.
April 16, 1989 |
Dale D. Myers, the acting administrator of NASA and one of the men brought back to the agency following the Challenger accident, is resigning May 13, officials announced Friday. Myers, 67, became acting administrator last week after Administrator James C. Fletcher resigned.
March 26, 1987
NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher declared his intention to "get flying again" by February with the next space shuttle. Fletcher, in a speech before the Federal City Club in Washington, said he is equally determined to establish a "permanent manned presence in space" with a platform that will serve to launch and maintain observatories and provide a takeoff point for a manned flight to Mars. Others in the space program have cast doubts that a February shuttle launch is feasible.
December 11, 1987
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Canadian representatives approved the text of an agreement that calls for Canada to provide a robot arm and other gear considered vital to an American space station, officials said. In return, Canadian researchers will be able to use the "full range of capabilities provided on the permanently manned space station," a NASA statement said. The accord has been reviewed by NASA administrator James C.
March 14, 1989 |
NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher said Monday that he expects President Bush to name a new head of the space agency within two weeks. Fletcher, who said months ago that he wanted to retire, made the announcement in an impromptu news conference after the launching of the space shuttle Discovery.
April 30, 1986 |
The nomination of James C. Fletcher to return as head of the nation's troubled space agency was endorsed 15 to 1 today by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The nomination now goes to the full Senate. Only Sen. Albert Gore Jr. (D-Tenn.) voted against the nomination, citing recent reports that audits by the General Accounting Office found extensive mismanagement and cost overruns at NASA, including the period in the 1970s when Fletcher held the top post.