Obama to name black former astronaut to lead NASA

May 23, 2009
File picture shows Space Shuttle Discovery commander Charles Bolden (R) in January, 1994, accompanied by Russian mission specialist Sergei Krikalev. President Barack Obama will name Bolden as NASA administrator, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

US President Barack Obama will name black former astronaut Charles Bolden as NASA administrator, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Citing three unnamed congressional sources, the newspaper said that if confirmed by the Senate, the retired Marine Corps general would be the first African American to head the agency.

The announcement will be timed to the landing of the shuttle Atlantis, which remained in orbit Friday because of bad weather but will return to Earth on Saturday or Sunday, the report said.

The sources were called Friday and briefed on the selection by the White House, the paper said

The president will also announce that his campaign space advisor, Lori Garver, will be Bolden's deputy, The Times reported.

(c) 2009 AFP

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1 / 5 (1) May 23, 2009

NASA definitely needs new leadership.

However if Congress continues to turn its responsibility for the NASA budget over to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), any improvements in NASA will probably be short lived.

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel

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not rated yet May 25, 2009
Well, he was a USMC general so he must know leadership. That gives us hope that it is a change for the better.
1 / 5 (2) May 26, 2009

NASA engineering is very good, but NASA science is very, very bad.

For example, when Nature announced the re-appointment of Dr. Weiler as NASA science mission director last year after NASA had been in existence for almost 50 years, I asked him to use his new position to find out if:

a.) Experimental evidence of an IRON SUN is "crackpot science", as NASA's Dr. David Hathaway told a UPI reporter http://tinyurl.com/qbbafr , or

b.) NASA's insistence on a HYDROGEN-FILLED SUN is evidence of long-standing incompetence in our space agency.

Dr. Weiler did not respond, although high profile warnings of global warming by former VP Al Gore and the UN"s IPCC had focused new public attention on the Sun - The ultimate source of heat for planet Earth.

The need for NASA to provide a direct answer to this question was explained in a paper just published in Energy and Environment 20 (2009) 131-144,
"EARTH'S HEAT SOURCE - THE SUN", http://arxiv.org/pdf/0905.0704

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA PI for Apollo Samples

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