Former astronaut Robert Cabana, the
deputy director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, has
been named director of the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Richard Gilbrech, Stennis Space Center's top manager, has been
promoted to associate administrator for the Exploration Systems
Mission Directorate, the NASA division designing the next
generation of spacecraft.
NASA Administrator Michael Griffin made the management
Cabana joined the astronaut corps in 1985; he flew twice as a
space-shuttle pilot and twice as commander, logging more than 1,000
hours in space. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
"With the spacecraft engine development work planned during the
next few years, Stennis is a key to our future beyond low-Earth
orbit, and replacing Rick as its director is a difficult task,"
"We are lucky to have in Bob Cabana a highly experienced center
deputy, test pilot, astronaut and engineer to fill this position.
Few people have given more to NASA and to spaceflight than Bob."
Gilbrech is replacing Scott Horowitz, a fighter pilot, test
pilot and astronaut, who will leave NASA in early October.
Gilbrech, a graduate of Mississippi State University, started
his career at Stennis, which he has headed since last year.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have as (Horowitz's)
replacement someone of Rick Gilbrech's training, talent and
experience," Griffin said. "With experience in both institutional
and project management, Rick's willingness to take on this
challenge will ensure the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
remains in good hands."