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. Alan Ladwig

    Alan Ladwig joined Whitney, Bradley & Brown, Inc. in February 2007, as the Manager of Space Systems Consultancy. His responsibilities include developing a new business unit dedicated to technical and management consulting services for the civil and commercial space sectors. Alan has more than 30 years of experience in senior management positions with NASA, commercial space companies, media companies, and non-profit organizations.

    Prior to joining WBB, Ladwig worked for Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Manager of NASA and Civil Space Programs for the Integrated Systems Sector and was responsible for business development activities with NASA. He was the Chief Operating…

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    • Oli Morton

      Oli Morton is Chief News and Features Editor of Nature magazine, the leading scientific journal. He has vast experience with all things scientific and a to-the-point manner sure to be a hit with NASA employees. His books include Mapping Mars and Eating the Sun, which could stand as mission statements for his NASA leadership.

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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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          • Richard Branson

            Branson is spending his own nickel (Virgin Galactic) to advance space exploration, he would do well for the American people leading the NASA budget too.

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            • Dr. Harold Puthoff

              Dr. Harold E. Puthoff is Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. His present research interests range from theoretical studies concerning gravitation, inertia, cosmology and energy research, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches to energy generation and space propulsion.

              A graduate of Stanford University in 1967, Dr. Puthoff's professional background spans more than four decades of research at General Electric, Sperry, the National Security Agency, Stanford University, SRI International, and, since 1985, as Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. He has published numerous papers on electron-beam devices, lasers and quantum zero-point-energy effects, has patents issued…

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              • Dr. John-David Bartoe

                scientist, astronaut, skilled manager : http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/PS/bartoe.html

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                • Mike Coats

                  Currently serves as Director, Johnson Space Center. 4-time flown astronaut. Extensive industry experience before retiring and returning to NASA to lead JSC in its support of the Shuttle, Station, and Constellation Programs.

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                  • Ann Druyan

                    Co author Cosmos with you husband Dr. Carl Sagan

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                    • 4 votes
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                          • james hansen

                            James E. Hansen (born March 29, 1941 in Denison, Iowa) heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies[1] in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, Earth Sciences Division.[2] He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Hansen is best known for his research in the field of climatology, his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue, and his continuing advocacy of action to limit the impacts of climate change. He…

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                            • Ray Kurzweil

                              An engineer with a bold vision about the future, who could help bring NASA into the 21st centurey.

                              Raymond Kurzweil (pronounced /kɚzwaɪl/) (born February 12, 1948) is an inventor and futurist. He has been a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. He is the author of several books on health, artificial intelligence (AI), transhumanism, the technological singularity, and futurism.

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                                • Daniel D. Durda [PhD.]

                                  Planetary Scientist, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado

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                                      • Dr. Michio Kaku

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

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