Obama Adds Three More To NASA Transition Team

U.SPresident-elect Barack Obama has added a Virgin Galactic adviser and two moreformer NASA officials to the team leading the transition at the U.S. space agency.

Theselection of Alan Ladwig,NASA's associate administrator for policy and plans under U.S. President BillClinton; Ed Heffernan, then-NASA Administrator Dan Goldin's chief of staff; andGeorge Whitesides, executive director of the National Space Society and senioradviser to Virgin Galactic; brings the number of NASA transitionteam members to five.

LoriGarver, who replaced Ladwig as associate administrator for policy and plansin 1999, and Roderick Young, Goldin's one-time press secretary, were named tothe NASA the transition team Nov. 14.

Ladwig wasmanager for space systems consulting at Whitney, Bradley & Brown Inc. of Reston, Va., but resigned that post Nov. 14. Whitesides is on leave from both of hispositions and Heffernan, who most recently was vice president of governmentrelations for Safeco of Seattle, is between jobs, according to associates.

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