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John M. Logsdon

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John M. Logsdon

Board of Directors of The Planetary Society; Professor Emeritus and founder, Space Policy Institute, The George Washington University

Dr. John Logsdon is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He was the founder in 1987 and long-time Director of GW’s Space Policy Institute. He has also been a faculty member of the International Space University since 1989. He holds a B.S. in Physics from Xavier University (1960) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University (1970).

John’s research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities. He is author of the forthcoming After Apollo: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (2015), the award-winning John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010) and The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest (1970) and is general editor of the multi-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program. He has written numerous articles and reports on space policy and history. Electronic and print media also frequently consults with John for his views on space issues. 

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Space Policy Edition: When a (Space) Cowboy Came to Washington

February 28, 2019 • 89:57

Historian John Logsdon discusses his new book, Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier It explores the legacy of the 40th president’s major space policy decisions. We look at four major topics: early efforts at commercializing space, the survival crisis for planetary exploration, the Space Shuttle, and the decision to build the space station.

Latest Blog Posts

When Nixon Stopped Human Exploration

October 28, 2014

Society Board Member John Logsdon describes how the decisions made by Richard Nixon in late 1969 and early 1970 effectively ended human exploration beyond Earth orbit for the indefinite future.

A True Pioneer of the Science and Art of Flight

August 27, 2012

Although Neil Armstrong may have passed away, his name will be part of human history forever.

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