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David Grinspoon

Astrobiologist, science communicator and author

David Grinspoon is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. His research focuses on comparative planetology, with a focus on climate evolution on Earth-like planets and implications for habitability. Grinspoon has published two books, Venus Revealed and Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, the latter of which won the 2004 PEN literary award for non-fiction. He was appointed Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology for 2012/2013, and is currently an adjunct professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

Chasing New Horizons to Pluto with Alan Stern and David Grinspoon

The New Horizons mission was a triumph, revealing Pluto as an utterly unique and beautiful world. But the mission first had to survive challenge after challenge, fighting to be developed, meeting a nearly impossible launch deadline, and then narrowly avoiding disaster when it was barely a week from its destination.