IT House September 20 (UPI) -- NASA is coming to the end of an important chapter in its history, with chief scientist Jim Green, who has worked at the agency for more than 40 years, planning to retire in early 2022. Jim Green began developing NASA's Internet (Space Physics Analysis Network) in 1980 and has overseen some of NASA's largest space exploration projects over the past 15 years.
IT House learned that Green guided NASA's planetary science division during curiosity's 2012 landing and played a key role in informing and explaining the Mars rover to the public. He further took charge during the Juno probe's survey of Jupiter, Messenger's Mercury trip, Dawn's Ceres trip, and New Horizons' Pluto flyby. Green is also in charge of the recent Perseverance rover project.
It is unclear who will replace him, but Mr Green himself said he would also help find the next fit.