(Wired) President Trump hasn't appointed anyone to lead NASA or even articulated his space policy, but he isn’t ignoring it. This morning, Robert Lightfoot, the agency’s acting administrator, announced the appointment of Greg Autry and Erik Noble as presidential liaisons. Both have backgrounds in the field, and Noble has even done some climate science.
Trump named Autry his White House liaison, a role NASA Watch editor Keith Cowing calls “traditional”—and Noble his White House senior advisor at NASA. That’s less typical. “Does that mean he’s at NASA, or is he just another liason?” Cowing says. “My guess is these guys are two peas in a pod.” Which is to say, they’ll probably work together to maintain open lines of communication between the space agency and the Oval Office.