Former head of Johnson Space Center dies in Texas

Date: Tue Mar 09 2010 - 21:44:29 UTC

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    Former head of Johnson  Space Center dies in Texas
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    HOUSTON (AP) - Aaron Cohen, the  former director of NASA's
    Johnson Space Center who helped create the space  shuttle program,
    has died after a long fight with cancer. He was  79.
    Cohen was a mechanical engineer who was  named director of the
    Johnson Space Center in 1986 after the space shuttle  Challenger
    exploded, killing teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts.  He
    was at the helm nearly three years later when flights resumed  and
    continued to lead the center until  1993.
    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says  Cohen was one of his
    mentors and provided important leadership in helping  NASA recover
    from the Challenger disaster.
    Cohen retired from NASA in 1993 to teach at Texas A&M
    University, his  alma mater. NASA says he died Feb. 25 in  College
    (Copyright 2010 by The Associated  Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
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