Space News to Webcast Live Chat With NASA's Deputy Chief
NASA administrator Charles Bolden and deputy administrator Lori Garver testify at their confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 8, 2009.
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA deputy chief Lori Garver will discuss the new direction for NASA in a live webcast with Space News deputy editor Brian Berger on Tuesday, June 22.

Anyone can register to submit questions to Space News here: http://tiny.cc/SNWebcast.

Questions can be sent in advance via e-mail at that link, or during the broadcast through instant messaging, though space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

"Folks can feel free to suggest tough ones," Berger said. "I'm not going to say who the questions are from."

The main topic under discussion will be the new proposal for NASA put forward by President Barack Obama. The plan calls for the space agency to abandon the existing Constellation program to return to the moon, and instead focus on building the technologies necessary to travel to a nearby asteroid and Mars.

The proposal has encountered some resistance from lawmakers, and even space veterans such as Neil Armstrong.

"I hope to get [Garver] talking about some of the political opposition NASA's new plan has encountered and more importantly what NASA intends to do to turn the situation around," Berger said.

The webcast, which can be viewed at Space News' website (http://spacenews.com) will begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

"Overall, I think the webcast will be a good chance for Lori to interact with the space community and provide some straight talk about some tough issues," Berger said.

The broadcast is sponsored by Northrop Grumman.