This Week at NASA: Dava Newman, Mercury and More

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This Week at NASA: Dava Newman, Mercury and More.

Following unanimous confirmation by the Senate on April 27, the appointment of MIT Professor Dava Newman as NASA's next deputy administrator will become official when signed by President Obama. Newman, a professor of astronautics and engineering systems, has been on the MIT faculty since 1993.

In a statement, Administrator Charlie Bolden said he was ecstatic to welcome her aboard at such a busy and exciting time - as the agency continues making extraordinary strides on the Journey to Mars. Also, New Pluto imagery, MESSENGER mission ends, Progress cargo craft update, Joining Forces and more.

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