Louis Friedman, PhD

Co-Founder of The Planetary Society, Author, Human Space Flight: From Mars to the Stars

Louis Friedman, PhD

Co-Founder of The Planetary Society, Author, Human Space Flight: From Mars to the Stars

Biography

Dr. Friedman lectures in the U.S. and abroad about planetary missions and space exploration programs, has written many popular articles about planetary exploration and space policy as well as op-eds in major newspapers. He has frequently testified to the U.S. Congress about programs and policies in space exploration.  He has traveled on field expeditions to Kamchatka, the Arctic and Antarctic, tours to observe Halley’s Comet, Belize and to several places in the former Soviet Union.  Asteroid 3651 was named for Louis and Connie Friedman by its discoverer, Eleanor Helin.

 

Recently he was co-leader of the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study at Caltech.  He is also co-leader of a new KISS study: Science and Technology to Explore the Interstellar Medium.  In March 2015 he was reappointed (after and earlier stint in 2011) to the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) External Council.  His book examining the implications of robotic interstellar precursor missions using nano-spacecraft and solar sails on future human space flight is expected to be published in the fall of 2015 by the University of Arizona Press.  It is tentatively titled:  From Mars to the Stars: The Future of Human Space Flight.  

 

Dr. Friedman is a native of New York City. He received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin in 1961, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics at Cornell University in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at M.I.T. in 1971. His Ph.D. thesis was on Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data.

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