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The National Space Society invites you to the next Space Forum

Thursday, July 21, 2022, 9:00 pm to 10:15 pm EDT

Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age

With Special Guest:

Lori Garver

Lori Garver
Founder of Earthrise Alliance
Aerospace Business Executive, Policy Analyst and Thought Leader
Former NASA Deputy Administrator

The success of the NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP),  a partnership with private industry to develop and fly astronauts to LEO and the ISS was not pre-ordained. Transforming government can be a slow and difficult process. Lori Garver knows first-hand the challenges of breaking the “relentless momentum of the status quo.”

As the head of the NASA transition team for President-elect Obama and second-in-command at the space agency (2009-13), Garver advanced policies and funding for innovative programs that competed with traditional systems at the exact time the capabilities and resources of the private sector began to mature. In the process of instituting these changes, Garver encountered the ruthless behavior of powerful interests, including Congress, the aerospace industry, entrenched bureaucrats, and hero astronauts as they tried to protect their own control, profits, and mythology.

Escaping Gravity

In her recently published book, Escaping Gravity, Lori Garver provides a personal account of how a handful of revolutionaries paved the way for a new era of transcendental change at NASA. Garver reveals previously unpublished conversations and insights on the epic battle that has transitioned space access to private interests for a fraction of the cost of previous NASA programs. From inside the space agency, Garver collaborated with key players such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and President Obama to usher in a more peaceful, inclusive, and meaningful space age, with the goal of creating innovative technologies that would bring down the cost of space transportation.

Join us for this very special space forum, as Garver will discuss her new book and share some of these very personal stories that put her at the forefront of ushering in a new era of human spaceflight and a blueprint for how to drive meaningful change to benefit us all on our home planet. As an added bonus, we’ll be giving away two autographed copies of Escaping Gravity as virtual door prizes. Register for the Space Forum today by using the link below.

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Lori Garver is a renowned aerospace policy analyst, business executive & philanthropic founder, with experience leading innovative teams in government, non-profit and private sector organizations. Ms. Garver is the founder of Earthrise Alliance, an initiative to improve policy and technical solutions that utilize space data to address the climate crises. She is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School, an Executive Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners, a Member of the Board of Hydrostat, and an Advisory Board Member at World View.

In previous positions, Ms. Garver served as the General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, the Deputy Administrator of NASA, and the Executive Director of the National Space Society. In 2020, Ms. Garver received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Aerospace. Her memoir, Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age, was released on June 21, 2022.

Register today to reserve your seat and ask your questions. Use the link below.

Register no later than July 21 at 8 pm EDT

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