Former NASA Astronaut Named New EROS Center Director

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KELO EROS former astronaut Christopher CJ Loria

A former NASA astronaut is the new director of the EROS Center. 

Christopher “C.J.” Loria will oversee approximately 600 government and contractor employees. 

The center, which is located near Garretson, has the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth’s land surface, including tens of millions of satellite images. 

“CJ Loria comes to us with a wealth of experience that will be a great asset to the USGS,” USGS Director James Reilly said in a news release. “With more than 30 years in the government sector, he’s a solid and experienced leader. He will be instrumental in leading the EROS Center team and the vital work they do in visually documenting the big picture of our planet. He joins a remarkably strong team that will continue changing the way we see our world.” 

Current director Frank Kelly is retiring.

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