Personnel News: May 2015 Archives

Jim Rose

James Turner Rose

"James Turner Rose, 1935-2015, known throughout the space community to have been an early pioneer of space as a place for commercial pursuits, Jim Rose was among the first to develop a business proposition that involved capturing the advantages of microgravity. He created Electrophoresis Operations In Space (EOS), the first joint endeavor agreement between industry and NASA to bring space commercialization into reality."

Marjorie Townsend

Marjorie Townsend, who managed a U.S. spacecraft launch, dies at 85, Washington Post

"In 1959, Mrs. Townsend became one of the first female engineers to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. In the next decade, she became the first female spacecraft project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. From the mid-1960s to 1975, she managed the agency's small astronomy satellite program, where she was responsible for the design, construction, testing and orbital operations of NASA's first astronomical spacecraft."

Oscar Carl Holderer

Oscar Carl Holderer

"Nov. 4, 1919 - May 5, 2015 -- Mr. Holderer was born in Preum, Germany. He was the last surviving member of Wernher von Braun's original team of 120 engineers and scientists coming from Germany as part of Operation Paperclip in 1945."

Keith's note: Eugene Tu will be named today as the new Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center. Tu will replace Pete Worden who retired from the position last month. Tu is currently the Director of Exploration Technology at NASA ARC and has held this position since November 2005.

Eugene L. Tu



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