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NASA Oral History Project: NASA at 50

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the founding of NASA, on October 1, 2008 an oral history program began with the goal of capturing the state of NASA at 50 as perceived by its top managers, as well as their hopes for NASA's future.

The result of this oral history project was the publication: NASA at 50, Interviews with NASA's Senior Management. This volume provides a snapshot of the thinking of NASA senior leadership on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

Job titles reflect the position that the subject held at the time of the interview.

Coats, Michael L.
1-4-08 (77K)

Director, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Cobb, Robert W.
3-20-07 (61K)

Inspector General, NASA Headquarters,
Washington, DC

Dale, Shana L.
9-11-07 (81K)

Deputy Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Elachi, Charles
4-23-07 (78K)

Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California

Gerstenmaier, William H.
1-10-08 (77K)

Associate Administrator, Space Operations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Geveden, Rex D.
3-20-07 (74K)

Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Gilbrech, Richard J.
3-6-07 (112K)

Director, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Griffin, Michael D.
9-10-07 (137K)

Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Horowitz, Scott J.
3-19-07 (75K)

Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Jezierski, Jeffrey T.
3-20-07 (89K)

Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

King, David A.
5-4-07 (55K)

Director, Marshall Space Flight Center,, Huntsville, Alabama

O'Brien, Michael F.
3-21-07 (58K)

Assistant Administrator, External Relations, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

O'Connor, Bryan D.
3-19-07 (87K)

Chief, Office of Safety and Mission Assurance, Washington, DC

Pace, Scott N.
3-21-07 (100K)

Associate Administrator, Program Analysis and Evaluation, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Parsons, William W.
6-1-07 (87K)

Director, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Petersen, Kevin L.
12-4-07 (40K)

Director, Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California

Roe, Lesa B.
11-1-07 (57K)

Director, Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia

Scales, Charles H.
11-6-07 (43K)

Associate Deputy Administrator,
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Scolese, Christopher J.
11-13-07 (71K)

Associate Administrator/Chief Engineer,
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Shin, Jaiwon
6-25-08 (49K)

Associate Administrator, Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Stern, S. Alan
4-15-08 (70K)

Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC

Weiler, Edward J.
10-31-07 (93K)

Director, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Whitlow, Woodrow W.
5-9-07 (63K)

Director, Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Worden S. Pete
12-3-07 (76K)

Director, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California

More transcripts are available from the alphabetical list above or from the complete list of participants.

Please note: Links on the following pages are active once the Oral History transcript is archived in the JSC History Collection.

To view the newest additions to the JSC History Collection, visit the "What's New" announcement.

Transcript lists were last updated: Jan. 31, 2020

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