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Top Space Station Officials Quit

April 8, 1999

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) _ NASA says the resignations of the two top administrators for the space station have nothing to do with lengthy delays in the project or problems with Russia.

Gretchen McClain, deputy associate administrator for the international space station, is leaving NASA later this month to return to private industry, the agency announced Thursday.

Earlier in the week, NASA said space station program manager Randy Brinkley will leave by month’s end for a job in the private sector.

NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown said both departures are for personal reasons and have nothing to do with any space station problems.

Brinkley has managed the space station program at Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1994. McClain has headed up the project at NASA headquarters in Washington since 1997.

Because of its economic turmoil, Russia is 1 1/2 years late in launching a crucial power module to the international space station that will double as the crew quarters. Until that module flies, no components can be added to the two pieces that were hoisted into orbit late last year.

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