SPACE CENTER, Houston -- Neil Hutchinson, former director of the NASA shuttle operations office in Washington, has been named manager of the space station program at the Johnson Space Center, NASA officials say.
Hutchinson's appointment was announced Monday.
He joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1962 and helped design and develop the huge computer complex in mission control.
He also served as flight director for the final Apollo moon landing mission, all three Skylab flights and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. In addition, he served as flight director for shuttle development and test flights between 1977 and 1981.
Hutchinson, a graduate of Wilamette University, Salem, Ore., moved to Houston last year to work for Johnson Space Center Director Gerald Griffin.
The Johnson Space Center is the lead facility in the development of a space station.
John Aaron was named deputy manager of the space-station program. Aaron formerly was chief of the spacecraft software division at the Johnson Space Center and served in various posts dealing with the computer programs for the shuttle and Apollo programs.
He also served as flight controller responsible for systems operation on Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. He is a graduate of Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Okla.