The Next NASA Administrator

Obama will most likely appoint a new NASA Administrator. Who would you like to see as the next NASA Administrator?

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  1. Mike Griffen

    Ever notice a Christmas tree being bagged by a netted material? That very
    idea could entrap almost any size asteroid or comet and lead it off its path. I'll gladly send a diagram of this incredibly simple and relatively inexpensive concept. 661-450-7354 Steven Denuccio

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    • 3 votes
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      • robin matthews

        visionary, enterprise, strategy, communication, leadership

        a.Chef de Cabinet at Libertas

        b. Consultant at Saffron Brand Consultants
        How we see it /

        It’s a new brand world.

        Stimulation, experimentation and transformation.

        Wherever you are – and that’s partly the point – branding’s on the move. Unremittingly, the game keeps changing.

        We think these new occasions (opportunities? challenges?) call for a new form of branding consultancy: one with above average experience, talent and brains; a different and flexible way of working; and a richer understanding of the world.

        Thoughtfulness and originality, yes. Formulaic process, no.

        The obvious macro trends – the Internet,…

        178 votes
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        • 1 vote
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          • 4 votes
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            • Dr. Michio Kaku

              The most intellectual person, after Newton, Einstein and possible Hawking.

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              • Sophia Armgard Tumlinson

                Sophia represents a new approach to space. Her international background and the belief in the human spirit crosses all borders and would lead to an inclusive International Space effort.

                Her first goal would be to eliminate the macho, only men have the right stuff, except as spokespeople and pretty faces to fund space shuttle missions approach of the current administration.

                Under her leadership, Space would become cool, fashionable, and open to all. Space would become en vogue as opposed to en vague. And the people themselves in the form of private companies, universities and anyone who REALLY "has the right…

                90 votes
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                • Sophia Armstrong Tumlinson

                  Sophia ia very presentable and has strong communication skills.I wish her best of luck as our representative to NASA and vice versa.
                  Shahzada Sher Saddozai
                  GREATGLOBALIST[SMC PVT]LTD.
                  P.O.Box 195 GPO.Multan.Pakistan.

                  P.S. With fingers crossed we are expecting to do bulk and assorted business with the esteemed organization!

                  2 votes
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                  • 4 votes
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                    • Sophia Armstrong Tumlinson ..

                      Sophia is very presentable and has strong communication skills. Morever her love for NASA is great! I wish best of luck and NASA's representative .
                      Shahzada Sher Saddozai.
                      The Chief Executive.
                      GREATGLOBALIST[SMC PVT]LTD.
                      P.O.Box 195 Multan.Pakistan.

                      P.S. With fingers crossed i hope to be in touch with the organization with bulk and assorted business! .

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                      • 3 votes
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                        • phil plait

                          Dr. Phil Plait, aka "The Bad Astronomer", PhD from the University of Virginia, formerly faculty at Sonoma State University, is a well-known skeptic, science education proponent, president of the James Randi Foundation, and author.

                          4,185 votes
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                          • Tim Huddleston

                            Tim is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Aerospace Development Center (NADC). NADC is a unique national nonprofit center that is independent and nonpartisan and promotes future economic growth potentials derived from space and enabled through a true aerospace approach to space access.

                            Tim previously served as the Executive Director of the Aerospace States Association (ASA), an organization that represents states on matters related to aerospace policy and development. Tim was appointed Executive Director on February 18, 2003 by the ASA Board of Directors which is composed of Lt. Governors and Governor appointed delegates…

                            1,031 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Admin →
                            • 852 votes
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                              • Zachary C. Krevor

                                Currently a Senior Reliability Engineer for Lockheed Martin, working on Project Orion. Has extensive knowledge of the propulsion and ECLSS subsystems on Orion in addition to general knowledge of the spacecraft as a whole.

                                Holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering along with a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Received a B.S. from UCLA in Mechanical Engineering.

                                While relatively young, has experience working on a variety of NASA contracts during his career. He has worked for the private space industry (Blue Origin), the commercial space industry (Lockheed Martin), and government space programs(NASA-KSC). Will bring fresh ideas…

                                202 votes
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                                • Buzz Aldrin

                                  If John Glenn can be suggested to be coopted then why not Buzz? Untiring visionary and proponent, and for sure an extremely strong supporter of both human space flight, exploration, AND infrastructure - getting serious about getting off the planet and opening the high frontier

                                  68 votes
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                                  • Neil deGrass Tyson [BA, MA, PhD]

                                    Education: BA in Physics, Harvard, MA in Astronomy U. of Texas at Austin
                                    Ph.D. Astrophysics, Columbia
                                    Experience: served on NASA Advisory Council, Commission on the Future of the
                                    United States Aerospace Industry and in 2004 to serve on the President's
                                    Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy
                                    Current Position: Director of the Hayden Planetarium, New York
                                    Age: 50
                                    Major accomplishments: President of the Planetary Society, authored over 10
                                    books
                                    More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_deGrasse_Tyson

                                    1,167 votes
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                                    • Dave Lavery

                                      Dave Lavery is the Program Executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA Headquarters. He oversees and is heavily involved with the Mars Exploration Rovers.
                                      He is also well-known amongst participants of the FIRST Robotics Competition as a mentor of Team 116 (from Herndon High School) and a member of the FRC Game Design Committee.

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                                      • Pete Worden [Brig. Gen., BS, PhD]

                                        Education: BS Physics and Astronomy, U. of Michigan, Ph.D. Astronomy, U. of
                                        Arizona
                                        Experience: Commander, 50th Space Wing, Director of Development and
                                        Transformation, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command,
                                        Professor of Astronomy, U. of Arizona
                                        Current Position: Director of NASA Ames Research Center
                                        Age: 59
                                        Major accomplishments: over 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space
                                        sciences, and strategic studies,
                                        More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Worden

                                        1,054 votes
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                                        • Mike Heney

                                          Mike Heney has been an active member of the space development and commercialization community for the past 30 years. He has been affiliated with the National Space Society (formerly the L-5 Society) since 1978. In 1993, he worked with SpaceCause to present the initial results from the DC-X program to the United States Senate. He has worked with ProSpace, a space policy lobbying organization, since its inception in 1995, and served as its Vice President in 1997. He was invited to join the Space Frontier Foundation in 1996, and as served as a member of the Board of Directors, as…

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