Lori Garver

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is the former Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She was nominated on May 24, 2009, by President Barack Obama, along with Charles Bolden as NASA Administrator

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Yes - agree. CDR Hadfield has done an amazing job - as have Mike Massimino... and Ron Garan -- @Astro_Mike with over a million followers on Twitter and Ron with several million on Google+. I only have 30K followers. Can you all help me out?

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We have a nice history of this in this country (think JFK, 1961). Obviously NASA works for the President and he/she takes NASA’s advice very seriously. Too bad he didn’t take our advice on the Death Star...

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Our $17B budget is more than all other countries space budgets on the planet combined. By working with private industry and other countries, we multiply what we can get done already. Maybe if some of you run for Congress in the future you can vote to double the NASA budget.

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OK - so my public affairs folks would suggest you ask Neil deGrasse Tyson to answer that question. I must live in the reality of our budget request :)

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The asteroid mission is officially proposed by the President of the United States of America, who was officially elected by the citizens of the United States of America - that is pretty official. We are working to get approval from Congress for this particular part of the budget, but we have been working on it for several years and believe it really is an amazing challenge that can utilize so much of our amazing capability. Asteroids are so critical to life on this planet and to future space development - being able to actually go to one in about 10 years is a huge challenge that can unite our human spaceflight, science and technology goals. Please don’t be frustrated - this is amazing.

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Affordable access to space! We have to lower the cost to get off the planet so that we can make more discoveries and go farther. We are on track to do that and it is one of the reasons I am so excited for this afternoon’s launch of Antares!

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JWST is the mission I am most excited for - I’m told that within the first 6 months of operations, it will likely view the first blue planet orbiting a distant star. Increasing the awesome!

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New Horizons is on its way to Pluto and future Discovery missions and Flagship missions are yet to come.

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We have a space act agreement with them and we are excited to help them out.

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We have sent robots to every planet... the most to good old planet Earth! But Mars is the most likely other planet where humans can go and since we are human... we seem to focus on that. I was always fond of Pluto too and we have a spacecraft headed there - even though it is technically no longer a planet!