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Ellen Stofan Announced as head of Science at NASA

Today on their 55th anniversary NASA has announced that Ellen Stofan is their new head of Science taking over from Waleed Abdalati. She will work as principle advisor to Administrator Charles Boden on all of NASA’s science programmes. Stofan is a planatery geologist who has been researching universe’s moons and planets for decades. She started working for NASA in 1991 before leaving taking the role of Vice president at Proxemy Research in 2000. Her return to NASA is highly anticipated.

“Ellen brings an extraordinary range of scientific research knowledge and planetary exploration experience to the chief scientist position, her breadth of experience and familiarity with the agency will allow her to hit the ground running. We’re fortunate to have her on our team.”  - Charles Boden

Sources: Web Pro News


I got hundreds and hundreds of questions for Tuesday’s #NPRSpaceJam Q&A. Here’s the video of my Periscope chat (it was streaming from a phone, so the quality isn’t that good) with NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Serena Auñón, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. You can read the highlights here.

Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

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Humanity is on the verge of discovering alien life, high-ranking NASA scientists say. “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years,” NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7) during a panel discussion that focused on the space agency’s efforts to search for habitable worlds and alien life. Former astronaut John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, shared Stofan’s optimism, predicting that signs of life will be found relatively soon both in our own solar system and beyond. “I think we’re one generation away in our solar system, whether it’s on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation [away] on a planet around a nearby star,” Grunsfeld said during Tuesday’s event. http://dlvr.it/9LnvgL

I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years.

Ellen Stofan 

Ellen Stofan is the Chief Scientist of NASA and serves as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency’s science programs, planning and investments.