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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-12-2007 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceNews reports:
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Scott "Doc" Horowitz, NASA's associate administrator for exploration systems since late 2005, plans to step down this fall.
In a memo, Horowitz said he would leave in three months to "devote more attention to my family responsibilities."

His successor is not yet known.

NASA selected Horowitz as an astronaut pilot in 1992. A veteran of four space shuttle missions, he made his first flight in 1996 on a microgravity science mission. His other missions included servicing the Hubble Space Telescope and two flights to the international space station. He has logged more than 1,138 hours in space.

After retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 2004, Horowitz joined ATK Thiokol, Inc., as director of space transportation and exploration. At ATK, he was responsible for developing the company's strategy to support NASA's Vision for Space Exploration.

In 2005, Horowitz returned to NASA as the Associate Administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, leading the development of Ares rockets and Orion spacecraft.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-13-2007 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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Scott Horowitz Announces Departure From NASA

Scott J. "Doc" Horowitz, associate administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, has announced plans to leave the agency in October.

Horowitz, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who served as commander or pilot on four space shuttle missions, now leads NASA's efforts to develop the new family of spacecraft that will return astronauts to the moon by 2020.

Horowitz is stepping down for personal reasons. "I need to devote more attention to my family responsibilities," the father of three young children told colleagues this week. "I am very proud of our team and where we are headed - back to the moon," he added.

Horowitz' career plans are not certain. His successor will be named later.

In accepting Horowitz' resignation, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin praised the veteran astronaut's tireless contribution to the Vision for Space Exploration.

"Doc Horowitz has been the key person for NASA's exploration effort during the critical period immediately following definition of the architecture for shuttle replacement and lunar return," Griffin said.

"The Ares I crew launch vehicle concept is Doc's brainchild, a fact that crews launching safely a generation from now will remember with gratitude," the administrator continued. "Doc brought to NASA the perfect combination of integrity, drive, intelligence, engineering intuition, advanced education and flight crew experience. I am grateful for his contributions and his friendship, which will live on for both of us."

Prior to being named associate administrator for exploration in September 2005, Horowitz was director of exploration and space transportation at ATK, Brigham City, Utah. Previously, Horowitz worked as the acting deputy associate administrator for safety and mission assurance at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Horowitz was an Air Force test pilot, F-15 fighter pilot and master flight instructor. He has worked as a scientist at Lockheed-Georgia Co., Marietta, Ga. He holds doctorate and master's degrees in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and a bachelor's degree in engineering from California State University at Northridge.


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posted 07-13-2007 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the opportunity to hang with Doc for a week in support of STS-61 at the TAL site in Banjul, The Gambia. We went fishing on the Gambia River (caught a few and gave them to our guide). We had a problem with the landing gear on our C-21 Learjet, so we did a little test profile the day before the launch to figure out fuel flow rates with the gear down at various altitudes (since we had to fly the jet back to Germany after the launch with the gear down).

He's a great guy, and I wish him and his family well in his future endeavors.

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John Capobianco
Camden DE

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I flew T-38's with Scott for three years at Williams AFB and can say that you won't find a sharper, smarter or better pilot out there. His flying skills were only surpassed by his intellect and his good naturedness. He really is a great guy and I wish him all the best.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-21-2007 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Horowitz is now serving as a consultant with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at Langley Research Center in Virginia.

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posted 11-26-2007 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Scott Horowitz is now serving as a consultant with the NASA Engineering and Safety Center at Langley Research Center in Virginia.

He has, however, no office there, and continues to live in Utah.

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Jürgen P Esders
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