Lori Garver to Leave NASA

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is given a tour of the Bigelow Aerospace facilities by the company's President Robert Bigelow on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver is given a tour of the Bigelow Aerospace facilities by the company’s President Robert Bigelow on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, in Las Vegas. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver has confirmed a NASA Watch report that she will be leaving the space agency in September after four controversial years.

Garver has been a hero to the NewSpace community for pushing commercial space initiatives at the agency. Less than two weeks ago, she was welcomed warmly by members of the Space Frontier Foundation at the NewSpace 2013 Conference in San Jose, Calif.

Critics have been less kind, saying she has promoted unsustainable programs such as the Commercial Crew Program at the expense of deep space exploration.

I don’t yet have any insight as to why Garver is leaving, nor is it clear what her departure will mean for the future of the agency.