NATION IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Interim Leader of NASA Chosen

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Veteran NASA official Aaron Cohen was named to lead the agency until a successor is nominated and confirmed for departing administrator Richard H. Truly. Cohen, director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1986, will be acting deputy administrator. Truly, who resigned last week under pressure, will leave April 1. Until then, Truly said, Cohen will assist him in day-to-day operations and will provide continuity until the top two agency positions are filled.

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