NASA Administrator names head of human spaceflight

NASA has announced it has named Douglas Loverro as the agency´s new associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the organization said.

Loverro succeeds former astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, who has been acting associate administrator since July.

For three decades, Loverro was in the Department of Defense and the National Reconnaissance Office developing, managing, and establishing national policy for the full range of national security space activities.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.