This Week In Space podcast: Episode 24 — Reinventing NASA – msnNOW


On today’s This Week in Space, we talk about the winds of change that blew through NASA after Lori Garver became its deputy administrator in 2010.

On this episode of This Week in Space, Rod Pyle and Geoffrey Notkin talk to Garver about her new book about her time at NASA, and how the former senior official helped to reinvent the space agency when commercial space was just a glimmer on the horizon.

Get Garver’s “Escaping Gravity: My Quest to Transform NASA and Launch a New Space Age” right now on Amazon

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Host of This Week In Space on TWiT

Rod Pyle

Space author and historian

Rod Pyle is an author, journalist, television producer and Editor-in-Chief of Ad Astra magazine. He has written 18 books on space history, exploration, and development, including Space 2.0Innovation the NASA WayInterplanetary RobotsBlueprint for a BattlestarAmazing Stories of the Space AgeFirst On the Moon, and Destination Mars

In a previous life, Rod produced numerous documentaries and short films for The History Channel, Discovery Communications, and Disney. He also worked in visual effects on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Battlestar Galactica reboot, as well as various sci-fi TV pilots. His most recent TV credit was with the NatGeo documentary on Tom Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff.

This Week In Space co-host

Tariq Malik

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This Week In Space co-host

Tariq Malik Editor-in-Chief

Responsible for’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became’s managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.

Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate “vomit comet” ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.

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