Space News to Webcast Live Chat With NASA's Deputy Chief

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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. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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

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Questions can be sent in advance via e-mail at that link, orduring the broadcast through instant messaging, though space is limited, soearly 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 newproposal for NASA put forward by President Barack Obama. The plan calls forthe space agency to abandon the existing Constellation program to return to themoon, and instead focus on building the technologies necessary to travel to anearby asteroid and Mars.

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

"I hope to get [Garver] talking about some of thepolitical opposition NASA's new planhas encountered and more importantly what NASA intends to do to turn thesituation around," Berger said.

The webcast, which can be viewed at Space News' website ( begin at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

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

The broadcast is sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

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Clara Moskowitz
Assistant Managing Editor

Clara Moskowitz is a science and space writer who joined the team in 2008 and served as Assistant Managing Editor from 2011 to 2013. Clara has a bachelor's degree in astronomy and physics from Wesleyan University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She covers everything from astronomy to human spaceflight and once aced a NASTAR suborbital spaceflight training program for space missions. Clara is currently Associate Editor of Scientific American. To see her latest project is, follow Clara on Twitter.