Director of Flight Crew Operations Ken Bowersox and Chief Astronaut Kent Rominger are soon leaving their posts atop the NASA astronaut corps.
Bowersox, a former commander of the International Space Station and
four-time shuttle flier, ultimately plans to work in a support role
for Johnson Space Center Director Mike Coats. Ellen Ochoa, who has
been Bowersox’s deputy, will succeed him as director of flight crew
Rominger, who commanded two shuttle missions and piloted three more,
has been chief of the astronaut corps since 2002. He plans to pursue a
job in the private sector. Steve Lindsey, who recently commanded the
second post-Columbia return to flight mission, will be chief astronaut.
The changes are to take place later this month.