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NASA Names Six New Members to Advisory Council

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA

Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the appointment of six new

members to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). The group advises NASA's

senior leadership on challenges and solutions facing the agency as it

unfolds a new era of exploration.

The six new members are Wanda Austin, Wayne Hale, Scott Hubbard, Miles

O'Brien, Thomas Young, and Kathryn Schmoll. The group has a wide range

of expertise in the aerospace field. They are joining NAC Chair Steven

Squyres and continuing members Marion Blakey, Kenneth Bowersox, David

McComas, William Ballhaus, Charles Kennel (ex officio) and Lester

Lyles (ex officio).

Wanda Austin is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace

Corporation, a leading architect for the nation's national security

space programs. She is internationally recognized for her work in

satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and

system simulation and served on President Obama's Review of Human

Spaceflight Plans Committee in 2009.

Wayne Hale is a consultant for Special Aerospace Services of Boulder,

Colorado. He retired from NASA in 2010 as the deputy associate

administrator of strategic partnerships at the agency's Headquarters

in Washington after serving in the senior leadership of the Space

Shuttle Program from 2003 to 2008.

Scott Hubbard is a consulting professor in the Department of

Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he focuses

on planetary exploration, especially Mars, and also serves as the

director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space

Transportation. He is the former director of NASA's Ames Research

Center in Moffett Field, Calif., served on the Columbia Accident

Investigation Board and was director of NASA's Mars Exploration


Miles O'Brien is a veteran independent journalist who focuses on

science, technology and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for

the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science

documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary

series FRONTLINEand the National Science Foundation Science

Nationseries. He was also the science, environment and aerospace

correspondent and anchor on CNN for 17 years.

Thomas Young served as executive vice president of Lockheed Martin

Corporation and is the former director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight

Center in Greenbelt, Md., former president and chief operating officer

of Martin Marietta and former chairman of SAIC. He began his NASA

career at the Langley Research Center in Virginia, was deputy director

of NASA's Ames Research Center, and also was a member of the Lunar

Orbiter Project Team, mission director for Program Viking, and

director of the Planetary Program at NASA Headquarters.

Kathryn Schmoll is the vice president for finance and administration

at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. She

also has served as comptroller for the Environmental Protection Agency

and assistant associate administrator in the NASA Headquarters Office

of Space Science and Applications, among other NASA positions.

The NAC and its members are assisting the agency on its path to Mars

-- a stepping stone approach to exploration that encompasses

successful expansion of commercial cargo services to commercial crew,

full utilization of the International Space Station until at least

2024, and development of new technologies and the Orion crew vehicle

and Space Launch System to travel to an asteroid and the Red Planet.

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