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

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Escaping Gravity is a first-hand account of how a handful of revolutionaries paved the way for a new era of transcendental change at NASA. 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. Garver’s effort put her in the cross-hairs of established interests who viewed her as a threat to the trillion-dollar government contracting system that has centralized power in the United States since WWII. About the Author Lori Garver led the NASA transition team for President-elect Obama and served as Deputy Administrator of NASA from 2009 - 2013. Lori is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, an Executive in Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and a member of the Board of Directors for Hydrosat. Garver founded Earthrise Alliance, a philanthropic organization utilizing satellite data to address climate change and co-founded of the Brooke Owens Fellowship, an internship and mentorship program for collegiate women. Previous senior executive positions include former General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association, Vice President of the Avascent Group, Associate Administrator for Policy at NASA and Executive Director of the National Space Society. Garver is the recipient of the 2021 Public Service Award for AIAA, the 2021 Heinlein Award for the National Space Society, the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Aerospace and has been awarded three NASA Distinguished Service Medals. She holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Colorado College and an M.A. in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University

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