Space Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Elliot G. Pulham today praised Administrator Sean O’Keefe for the legacy he leaves at NASA.

“Given his brilliant performance as NASA administrator, successfully reinventing the agency under the most difficult of circumstances, it should be no surprise that Mr. O’Keefe would be highly sought after to lead other institutions. Given the high cost and low recompense of federal public service, it is completely understandable that Mr. O’Keefe give due consideration to such opportunities. The nation will be forever indebted to him for his incredible leadership as NASA administrator. His legacy is a NASA that is refocused on exploration, and we expect that his successor will be fully committed to the Vision for Space Exploration and will continue to enjoy the support of Congress and the Administration for return to flight, completion of the ISS, and exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.”

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, the National Space Symposium, scheduled April 4-7, 2005, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs; and Strategic Space 2005, scheduled Oct. 4-6 in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit