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John Logsdon is former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University.

Logsdon was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is frequently cited as an authority on space policy by press entities such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Logsdon is a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, and has been on the GWU faculty since 1970. He is also on the faculty of the International Space University, and held the first Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum. During 2008-2009, he is the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Logsdon authored the entry on "space exploration" for the latest edition of the Encyclopædia Britannicaand many articles and commentaries. He is author of The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest and General Editor of the eight-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program.

Logsdon holds a B.S. in physics from Xavier University (1960) and a Ph.D. in political science from New York University (1970).


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