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NASA's Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist Answer Your Budget Questions
Waleed Abdalati NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati

Mason Peck NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck

Transcript of the Feb. 16, 2012 chat (48 KB PDF)

President Obama will submit NASA’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request to Congress on Feb. 13. This outline for future spending gives NASA its direction for current and new programs and projects.

NASA’s science and technology activities are a critical part of the Agency’s mission, including programs such as exploration and space technology, planetary probes and Earth-observation satellites.

On Feb. 16, NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck will answer your questions about the agency’s direction as we reach higher during the coming years.

Joining the chat is easy. Simply visit this page on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST. The chat window will open at the bottom of this page starting at 8:30 a.m. EST. You can log in and be ready to ask questions at 9 a.m.

More about Chat Experts Waleed Abdalati and Mason Peck

Waleed Abdalati became NASA’s Chief Scientist on January 3, 2011. He serves as the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator on agency science programs and is a key representative of NASA’s scientific endeavors to other parts of the government, the public, and the scientific community. Prior to being Chief Scientist, he was director of the Earth Science and Observation Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. For most of the past 20 years, he has been working with satellites, aircraft, and ground observations to understand how and why the Earth’s polar ice cover is changing, and what those changes mean for life on Earth.

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Mason Peck was named NASA Chief Technologist on January 3, 2012. He serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. Peck has a broad background in aerospace technology, which comes from nearly 20 years in industry and academia. He has worked with NASA as an engineer on a variety of technology programs, including the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. He is also an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and teaches in Cornell's Systems Engineering Program.

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