Reply to post: ""The head of NASA ought to be a space professional, not a politician," "

Climate-change skeptic lined up to run NASA in this Trump timeline

John Smith 19 Gold badge
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""The head of NASA ought to be a space professional, not a politician," "

And yet James Webb (who ran NASA during Apollo) was probably one of the most effective Administrators the Agency ever had.

Former lawyer and Senators staffer, with a lot of friends on the Hill and (IIRC) able to give the old Masonic high five as well.

However Webb also had a clear, simple mandate from Kennedy (get us to the Moon before New Years Eve 1969) and a formidable Programme Manager in Von Braun, keeping track of all the day to day issues.

So I think politicians fear a well connected Administrator, but such a person can be very good for the Agency, provided they have a clear direction from the President of where to go, and the support team to do it.

And that's where it all gets verrry tricky.

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