"Keith Cowing, who runs the blog NASA Watch, said Hinners was a reader of his website and would post comments. He called him "one of the last of a certain breed" of NASA scientists from the early days of space exploration programs. "He had one foot firmly placed in the old NASA and one in the new NASA," Cowing said. Hinners worked a variety of positions at NASA, Cowing said. "He did everything you could do in and around NASA once," Cowing said."
Noel Hinners, a top NASA official, dies at 78, Washington Post
"At the Greenbelt facility, he showed his adherence to the doctrine of management by walking around and visiting scientists and others at their jobs. This included working with the maintenance crew on a night when a snowstorm had left Washington roads impassible. Not one to fear getting his feet wet -- or cold -- Dr. Hinners joined in snow plowing operations on the Goddard grounds, and learned, he said, that "there's an art to it."
"Dr. Noel W. Hinners, LockheedMartin (retired) - Dr. Hinners retired in January2002 from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company where he was vice president of Flight Systems with responsibility for NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Surveyor Program, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Stardust and Genesis Discovery missions, Space (Nuclear) Power Systems and Mission Operations for NASA/LM planetary missions. Dr. Hinners served as associate deputy administrator and chief scientist of NASA from 1987 to 1989. From 1982 to 1987, Dr. Hinners was director of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. From 1979 to 1982 he was director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and from 1974 to 1979 NASA's associate administrator for Space Science. From 1972 to 1974 he was NASA's director of Lunar Programs. Dr. Hinners worked on the Apollo program from 1963 to 1972 with Bellcomm, focusing on Apollo science and site selection in support of NASA HQ. He was a member of the NRC Space Studies Board (1981-1982 & 1989-1996) and chaired its Committee on Human Exploration."