NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver is leaving NASA to take a job “in the private sector outside the space industry.”


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NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver is leaving NASA to take a job “in the private sector outside the space industry.”

Garver was instrumental in accelerating during the Obama administration the new commercial space program that Mike Griffin began during the Bush administration. I fear what will happen with her gone and Charles Bolden on his own. Moreover, one wonders why she is leaving now. She has worked in the private sector in the past, but never when she had the opportunity to influence policy during a Democratic administration. It could simply be that she got an offer she couldn’t refuse. Or it could be that she doesn’t like what she sees in NASA, the Obama administration, or Congress, and wants out.

One comment

  • Kelly Starks

    What I heard of Lori she was never that interested in space, but interested in politics, and she had connections with Hillary Clinton. So if she’s on the outside, she’d be in a better position to get involved ni a Clinton pres program in a couple years?

    Also, Obama AND Bolden have lost their cred with Congress on Space (and she particularly was not that popular), so she has no opportunity to influence anything.

    Or she could just be counting up the birthdays and figure it might be a good time to get some better saleries rather then trying to use NASA as a stepping stone to something “better”?

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