John M. Logsdon was the founder and from 1987-2008 Director of the Elliott School's Space Policy Institute. He began his faculty service at GW in 1970. Dr. Logsdon is the author of The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest and is general editor of the eight-volume seriesExploring 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, and authored the basic article on "Space Exploration" for the most recent edition of Encyclopedia Britannica. Dr. Logsdon is a member of the NASA Advisory Council. In 2003 he served as a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. From September 2008 through August 2009, Dr. Logsdon held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
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