NASA administrator Goldin to retire

NASA administrator Goldin to retire

Daniel S. Goldin

Daniel S. Goldin, the longest-serving administrator in NASA's 43-year history, announced today that he would retire from the government on Nov. 17.

In a NASA TV broadcast to agency employees that was also a webcast, Goldin said the happiest moment of his life was when he was sworn into his post by former President George Bush in early 1992. Goldin said he would work with administration officials to help find an acting administrator to lead the agency until a permanent administrator is nominated and confirmed.

Goldin praised the agency for, during his tenure, staging 57 space shuttle missions and 248,500 airplane flights without loss of life. He also said he takes ultimate responsibility for such high-profile failures as the loss of two unmanned Mars probes.

Goldin will join the Washington-based Council on Competitiveness after leaving federal service.

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