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AERONAUTICS/EXPLORATION/TECHNOLOGY OFFICES MERGER COMPLETED

NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly announced today the creation of the Office of Aeronautics, Exploration and Technology (OAET). This formalizes the merger of two previous NASA offices, the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology and the Office of Exploration. On Dec. 21, 1989, Truly stated his intention to merge the two offices in order to continue the analysis of exploration mission alternatives and to begin the actual pursuit of innovative technologies. At that time, he said the two efforts were closely related and that they should proceed under a strong central management. Also, he emphasized that in no way would the consolidation of the two offices diminish the agency's dedication to aeronautical research. The OAET will be headed by NASA Associate Administrator Arnold D. Aldrich. In approving the consolidation, Truly said, "This office will provide the planning, direction and technology, as well as manage the assessment of concepts and technology for human exploration beyond Earth orbit into the solar system. I view this as a major step in streamlining the management arrangement

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