Maintaining Momentum: Robert Lightfoot as NASA's Acting Administrator, 2017–2018

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Robert Lightfoot served as Acting Administrator of NASA a record-busting 15 months from January 2017 to April 2018. He led NASA through two budget cycles and coped with the tumultuous transition from President Obama to President Trump. Unusually for an Acting Administrator, he made a difference in policy. Not only did he help raise NASA's budget during his time in office, but he was central in two major decisions. One was the decision not to accelerate a crewed flight around the Moon and the other was the choice to make the Gateway project an official new start for NASA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalSpace Policy
StatePublished - May 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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