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Contact: Mary Hardin
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 23, 1997
VOYAGER PROJECT MANAGER GEORGE TEXTOR TO RETIRE
George P. Textor, the project manager of the Voyager
Interstellar Mission, will retire from JPL on December 31.
Textor has been the project manager since Voyager 2
completed its flyby of Neptune in 1989. Voyager 2 was the first
spacecraft to visit all four of the giant, outer planets --
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, and after its final
planetary encounter, the spacecraft left the ecliptic plane in
which most of the planets orbit and began the next phase of its
journey. Both Voyager 1 and 2 are still functioning and
searching for the heliopause, the boundary that represents the
end of the Sun's magnetic influence in space. The spacecraft are
also conducting fields and particles experiments.
Textor began his JPL career in 1967 as a mission operations
planning engineer and he has since held various engineering and
management positions on the Mariner Mars and Viking Orbiter
missions. In 1978 he joined the Voyager Project as the encounter
preparations manager. He served as deputy mission director from
1979-81; mission director from 1981-85; and was the Voyager
deputy project manager until he assumed his present assignment.
Ed Massey, project manager of the Ulysses mission to the
Sun, will succeed Textor as manager of the Voyager project. The
Ulysses and Voyager missions also will be managed under the same
Prior to joining JPL, Textor was a pilot in the United
States Air Force from 1956 to 1967.
Born on Dec. 12, 1932 in Wilkinsburg, PA, Textor earned an
associate of arts degree from Pasadena City College in 1952 and a
bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956.
Textor has twice received the NASA Outstanding Leadership
Medal for his work on the Voyager mission and has been awarded
the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his work on the Viking
He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Pasadena, Calif. They have
four children and three grandchildren.