Personnel News: March 2015 Archives

Bernice Steadman

Bernice Steadman, part of NASA's 'Mercury 13' dies, AP

"A woman who was among 13 selected for training as possible astronauts in the early 1960s has died at her northern Michigan home. She was 89. Bernice Steadman was a member of the so-called "Mercury 13." NASA dropped the program, and it was 22 more years before a U.S. woman went to space."

Seaton Norman

Seaton B. Norman

"February 5, 1918 ~ March 19, 2015 (age 97)"

Goddard Legend Retires at 92 (page 12)

"How many colleagues do you know who retired at 92 with 70+ years at Government service? Seaton Norman, Telecommunications Manager for Code 761 retired from Goddard on September 3, 2010. He has served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, and 40-plus years in communications at NASA. During his career at NASA, he has received the Goddard Award of Merit, the NASA Exceptional Service award, the Silver Snoopy Award, and received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award for his many years of support for the Shuttle program."

Where is Dava Newman?

Keith's note: Dava Newman was chosen as the nominee for NASA Deputy Administrator 5 months ago in October 2014. We have heard nothing since then. Dava Newman has yet to testify before the Senate (and get their approval) so it is unclear when she will be formally confirmed. With impending food fights in the Republican-led Congress, such routine things as nominations may be stalled - or (worse) may become opportunities to score partisan points against the Administration - with the nominee taking the brunt of the negative energy.

Meanwhile, Charlie Bolden has been telling senior NASA staff that he intends to be doing
"a lot of traveling in my final two years". Stay Tuned.

Keith's update: Word has it that Dava Newman will be present with Charlie Bolden at the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday.

Curt Michel

Professor Emeritus Curt Michel Dies

"F. Curtis (Curt) Michel, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor Emeritus of Space Physics and Astronomy, died Feb. 23 at the age of 80. Although he retired in 2000 after 37 years at Rice, Michel continued to keep an office on campus, where he pursued his studies of solar winds, radio pulsars and numerical methods. He was part of the fourth class of astronauts chosen by NASA in 1965 as the agency ramped up the Apollo moon program. He was one of six scientist-astronauts in the class, the first on a roster that until that point had been largely limited to test pilots."

Curt Michel, Wikipedia

Norm Carlson


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