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Samuel W. Keller, an experienced official of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a background in engineering, has been named by NASA Administrator Richard Truly to succeed Noel Hinners as Associate Deputy Administrator of NASA, the agency's third-highest position. Most of the duties of Hinners' other job as NASA Chief Scientist will fall to Lennard Fisk, head of the Office of Space Science arid Applications.

Keller's responsibilities will include management of NASA field centers, employees, renovating facilities, and other institutional matters. “‘Everything but the program’ is it's usually characterized,” Keller said of the job in an interview.