NASA is about to end an important chapter in its history. Chief Scientist Jim Green, who has worked at the agency for more than 40 years, now planning to retire early 2022. He began developing the NASA equivalent of the Internet (Space Physics Analysis Network) soon after arriving in 1980, but is best known for overseeing some of NASA’s largest space exploration projects in the past 15 years – likely very cognizant of his work.
Green directed NASA’s Planetary Science Division during curiosity landing In 2012, she played a major role in promoting and explaining the Mars rover to the public. He also assumed leadership roles during Juno investigation Investigating Jupiter, messenger A tour of Mercury Daybreak A visit to Ceres and new Horizons’ Historic flyby of Pluto. The world also lit green plans for determination The rover is currently roaming at Mars.
It is not yet clear who will succeed Green, although it will help in the search for his replacement. However, it is safe to say that he will have a healthy legacy. He curated missions and made them accessible to the public — he’s helped explain why Curiosity, New Horizons, and other vehicles are so exciting. If you’re pursuing a career in space science, Green’s work may serve as an inspiration for you.
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