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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Alan Stern Named Head of NASA Science

Dr. Alan Stern, the Pluto New Horizons Mission Principal Investigator has been promoted to NASA’s Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate. Quantum Limit interviewed Dr. Stern here on this blog last year regarding the furor over the demotion of Pluto from planetary status. Dr. Stern is an outspoken critic of that decision.

Dr. Stern and I swapped congratulatory emails yesterday over his promotion. I noted that he had a tough job ahead merging science with the new vision for exploration in an agency headed for human moon and Mars exploration. In his reply, he said that he was “looking forward to helping move that ball down the field.”

As far as we are concerned, they could not have made a better choice of the top NASA Science slot. Godspeed Alan!