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Acting Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe, the 36-year-old Wunderkind tapped to steer the Navy through its politically stormy times, said Tuesday he is confident that Navy officers are now cooperating fully with Defense Department investigators probing allegations of sexual assault at the 1991 Tailhook convention in Las Vegas. The result, O'Keefe said, is certain to be an "unvarnished" report that will once more plunge the Navy into controversy.
December 14, 2004 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Sean O'Keefe, whose three roller-coaster years as NASA administrator saw the tragedy of the Columbia space shuttle disaster and the glory of the Mars rover and Cassini expeditions, resigned from the agency Monday. O'Keefe, a self-professed "bean counter" brought in by President Bush to bring NASA's spiraling budget under control, represented a sharp departure from previous administrators: He had no background in astronautics.
August 28, 2003 | Peter Pae and Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writers
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, responding to a scathing report that blamed the Columbia accident on a broken safety culture, vowed Wednesday to make sweeping changes that would "reinvigorate" the beleaguered space agency. But the immediate task of getting the shuttle to fly again -- perhaps as early as next spring -- could cost "hundreds of millions of dollars," and complying with all the recommendations could cost immeasurably more, O'Keefe said in an interview.
February 12, 2003 | Nick Anderson, Times Staff Writer
In December 2001, a senator asked the man in line to become the next chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to give his vision for an agency formed to reach for the moon, planets and stars. Sean O'Keefe replied in his confirmation hearing that he wanted to bring an "entrepreneurial spirit" and "prudent management principles" to NASA.
August 11, 2010 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Ted Stevens, the gruff and bullishly determined longtime former U.S. senator from Alaska, died in Monday's crash of a small plane near a small fishing town on Alaska's Bristol Bay, a family spokesman confirmed Tuesday. "The family has just been notified that he did not survive," said Mitch Rose, former chief of staff for Stevens, 86, who served 41 years in the Senate before being convicted on corruption charges and losing his seat in 2008. The charges were later dismissed because of prosecutorial misconduct.
The newly appointed chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has inherited a financial quagmire at the space agency, which is facing massive cost overruns that may even prevent it from sending a full crew to the space station to carry out scientific research.
December 27, 2009 | By Susan Salter Reynolds
Storms of My Grandchildren The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity James Hansen Bloomsbury: 304 pp., $25 Most scientists rarely experience the luxury of certainty. But we expect them to speak with authority. We expect them to make impossible predictions and judge them on their accuracy. Even more, we expect them to stay above or at least outside public debates. In "Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity," James Hansen gives us the opportunity to watch a scientist who is sick of silence and compromise; a scientist at the breaking point -- the point at which he is willing to sacrifice his credibility to make a stand to avert disaster, to offer up the fruits of four-plus decades of inquiry and ingenuity just in case he might change the course of history.
February 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe dedicated a memorial to the space shuttle Columbia's astronauts at Arlington National Cemetery, eulogizing them as "pilots, engineers and scientists all motivated by a fire within." The dedication took place a year and a day after the craft disintegrated on its return to Earth, claiming the lives of the crew -- Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon.
January 30, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Responding to protests over plans to send the Hubble Space Telescope to an early death, NASA chief Sean O'Keefe said he had asked for a high-profile second opinion. O'Keefe said he asked retired Adm. Harold Gehman, who led the independent board that investigated the Columbia disaster, for his thoughts on NASA's decision not to service the orbiting telescope.
June 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe told astronomers meeting in Denver that he was optimistic robots could repair the Hubble Space Telescope, and said the space agency was seeking proposals to do just that. The 14-year-old telescope, whose brilliant pictures from space have earned it more than a cult following, appeared to be doomed just a few months ago because of ongoing problems with the space shuttle. Without repair work, NASA estimates Hubble will stop making observations by 2007 or 2008.
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