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Victorian astronomers spent countless hours laboriously charting the positions of stars in the sky. Such sky mapping,...
In an ambitious project to study 1000 years of sickness and health, researchers are excavating the graveyard of the now...
Stefan Behnisch has won awards for designing science labs and other buildings that are smart, sustainable, and...
The iconic 125-year-old Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, California, is facing the threat of closure...
Recent results from the Curiosity Mars rover have helped scientists formulate a plan for the next phase of its mission...
A new, remarkably powerful drug that cripples the hepatitis C virus (HCV) came to market last week, but it sells for $...
In pretoothbrush populations, gumlines would often be marred by a thick, visible crust of calcium phosphate, food...
Evolutionary biologists have long studied how the Mexican tetra, a drab fish that lives in rivers and creeks but has...
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Who Will Sit at NASA's Helm?
24 March 2009 2:05 pm
President Barack Obama chatted today with the astronauts completing work on NASA's international space station, joking with the crew for nearly half an hour. But he gave no sign of his choice to head the space agency. Obama has promised more than once in recent weeks that he will soon name a NASA administrator, but, like several of the space agency's projects, the launch keeps slipping. In recent days, two potential candidates won appointments to other posts, and the rumor mill seems to be drying up.
The delay is causing jitters on Capitol Hill.
A letter to the president recently signed by 14 lawmakers and sent to the White House last week warns that "NASA faces numerous time-sensitive challenges and needs decisive leadership." The bipartisan group adds that "it is imperative for NASA to have a leader" who can wrestle with the gap between retirement of the space shuttle and launch of a new rocket while preserving "the agency's cutting edge science and aeronautics programs."
Word last week was that a selection would come soon, but two rumored finalists now have other jobs. Steve Isakowitz, a former NASA official, was reappointed as the Department of Energy's chief financial officer, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration is going to Sudan to serve as a White House special envoy.