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. 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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    • 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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      • Pamela Gay

        Dr. Pamela L. Gay is an American astronomer, educator, podcaster, and writer, best known for her work in astronomical podcasting. She was one of the cofounders of Slacker Astronomy, and was an "on air" personality for the show from February 2005 until the end of its first iteration in September 2006. She currently works with Fraser Cain in co-hosting Astronomy Cast. She received her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2002.

        65 votes
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        • Steve Wozinak

          Co founder of Apple Computer gadge freek!

          63 votes
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          • Chris Boden

            Current Position: President and CEO of The Geek Group, Inc.; Applied Intellect; and Mach-1 Productions.
            Major Job Functions: teach kids about science and technology through the use of large explosions. Facilitate peer group for people who will never otherwise have the connections necessary to join NASA. Wrangle massive donations from increasingly enthused sponsors.

            63 votes
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            • Wesley Huntress

              Education: BS Chemistry, Brown University; PhD Chemical Physics, Stanford University
              Experience: research scientist at JPL; visiting professor of Cosmochemistry at CalTech; Director of Solar System Exploration at NASA; Associate Administrator for Space Science at NASA; former President of the American Astronautical Society; former President of the Planetary Society
              Current Position: Director of the Carnegie Institution's Geophysical Laboratory
              Age: 66
              Major Accomplishments: key figure in establishing NASA Astrobiology program, Discovery line of missions, and current line of Mars Exploration Missions; author of over 100 papers on space sciences, astrobiology, robotic and human spaceflight
              More Info: http://www.planetary.org/about/wesley_huntress.html, http://www.gl.ciw.edu/~huntress/Wes%20Huntress.html

              61 votes
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              • Andrea Seastrand

                Andrea Seastrand serves as Executive Director of the California Space Authority (CSA), a statewide non-profit corporation. She brings extensive knowledge of both the federal and state legislative processes as well as the vision and drive to ensure California's success as a leader in the highly competitive, international space enterprise marketplace.

                Mrs. Seastrand was a leader in the inception of The California Space and Technology Alliance (CSTA), serving as its first and only Executive Director from February 1997 until April 2001. Through her visionary leadership, CSTA grew into the current CSA, an organization focused on all four domains of California's diverse…

                57 votes
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                • 56 votes
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                  • Edward Weiler [BS, PhD]

                    Education: BS, PhD Astrophysics, Northwestern U.
                    Experience: Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Associate Administrator for NASA's Space Science Enterprise
                    Current Position: NASA Associate Administrator of Science Mission Directorate
                    Age: 59
                    Major accomplishments: Chief Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, over
                    40 scientific papers
                    More info: http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/weiler_biography.html

                    41 votes
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                    • Charles Elachi [BS, Diplome d'Ingenieur, MS, MS, MBA, PhD]

                      Education: BS physics from U. of Grenoble, Diplome d'Ingenieur in Engineering from Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble; MS and PhD in Electrical Sciences Caltech. MS in geology, UCLA, MBA from USC
                      Experience: Professor of electrical engineering and planetary science at Caltech, Director for JPL's space and Earth science programs
                      Current Position: Director, NASA JPL
                      Age: 61
                      Major accomplishments: author of more than 230 scientific papers, Member, National Academy of Engineering
                      More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Elachi

                      40 votes
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                      • Jill Tarter

                        Great visionary. Best known for her SETI work, but knows all aspects of space science. Knows how to work capitol hill as well as anyone else proposed so far. Key person to get Kepler project approved by the science community when most doubted it could be done. Only female in her engineering class at Cornell - knows how to buck trends.

                        36 votes
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                        • Dr. Robert Zubrin

                          President of the Mars Society and creator of Mars Direct. He'd get us there.

                          34 votes
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                          • 33 votes
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                            • 28 votes
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                              • Henry Spencer

                                Computer programmer, spacecraft engineer and amateur space historian.

                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Spencer

                                27 votes
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                                • Michio Kaku

                                  Physicist Bad-Ass, the new Carl Sagan.

                                  27 votes
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                                  • William Gerstenmaier [MS, BS]

                                    Education: BS Aerospace Engineering, M. Mechanical Engineering, U. of
                                    Toledo
                                    Experience: Shuttle/Mir Program Operations Manager, ISS Office Program Manager
                                    Current Position: NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations
                                    Age: 53
                                    Major accomplishments: Two NASA Exceptional Service Medals
                                    More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Gerstenmaier

                                    26 votes
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                                    • Wayne Hale

                                      Former Shuttle manager, a highly respected risk-aware technically competent good leader

                                      24 votes
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                                      • Gene Cernan

                                        Passionately devoted to getting off planet

                                        23 votes
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                                        • Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson

                                          Retired Astronaut

                                          21 votes
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