Douglas Loverro, the head of NASA’s human spaceflight office, just resigned after an unspecified scandal, Politico reports — a mere week before SpaceX is scheduled to launch NASA astronauts from American soil for the first time since 2011.
According to a letter obtained by Politico, Loverro said he left “with a very, very heavy heart” after making a “mistake” during his seven months at the space agency. His predecessor Bill Gerstenmaier, in contrast, led NASA’s human spaceflight division for almost 15 years.
“The risks we take, whether technical, political, or personal, all have potential consequences if we judge them incorrectly,” Loverro wrote. “I took such a risk earlier in the year because I judged it necessary to fulfill our mission.”
Long story short, we have no idea what Loverro’s “mistake” was. Two industry officials told Politico that he was pushed out by NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, but Loverro denied that claim.
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