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New Director Takes The Helm At NASA Glenn

Friday, January 4, 2013 at 5:00 AM

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NASA's Glenn Research Center in Brook Park gets a new leader today. James Free, who has been deputy Director of NASA Glenn or two years, takes the reigns from Ray Lugo, who is retiring after a nearly 40 year career at the agency.

Free takes over as the center restructures itself for better efficiency and cost saving. NASA could lose substantial funding if a pending across the board Congressional sequestration takes hold. Free says he expects Congress will avert a crisis, and that NASA Glenn's budget will remain flat for 2013.

In an interview with ideastream's Bill Rice, he discusses the agency's evolving mission and what's in store for Glenn.