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'Escaping Gravity': A conversation with NASA's former deputy administrator Lori Garver

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver speaks at a welcoming ceremony for space shuttle Endeavour, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: NASA
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NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver speaks at a welcoming ceremony for space shuttle Endeavour, Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Los Angeles International Airport. Photo: NASA

Lori Garver served as NASA deputy administrator, its second in command, during the Obama administration. It was a tumultuous time for the agency. The Space Shuttle was retiring, Obama canceled NASA’s costly Constellation program, and the agency was at odds with Congress on how to move NASA forward.

Garver was there for all of those conversations and takes a critical look back at what happened during her time at NASA in a new memoir. Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age takes a look back at those program battles and shines a light on a critical time in the agency’s history.

The fight to bring NASA into the New Space Age, that’s ahead on Are We There Yet?.

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program.<br/><br/>Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration.