University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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John Logsdon

Dr. Logsdon is Professor Emeritus at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Prior to his leaving active faculty status in June 2008, he was on the faculty of the George Washington University for 38 years; before that he taught at the Catholic University of America for four years. He was the founder in 1987 and long-time Director of GW’s Space Policy Institute. He is also a faculty member of the International Space University.

Dr. Logsdon’s research interests focus on the policy and historical aspects of U.S. and international space activities. His book "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon" was named the 2011 winner of the Gardner Lasser Aerospace History Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and co-winner of Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award of the American Astronautical Society.

His 2015 book "After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program" was selected as the 2017 recipient of the AIAA Gardner-Lasser award. His account of civilian space decisions during the Reagan administration, titled "Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier," was published in December 2018. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics compilation "The Penguin History of Outer Space Exploration: NASA and the Incredible Story of Human Space Exploration," published in September 2018.

Dr. Logsdon is also the general editor of the seven-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. He is also on the editorial boards of the journals Space Policy, New Space, and Astropolitics.

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Scheduled events:
Reaching for the Moon
Professor Logsdon, who has written extensively about the U.S. space program in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, will discuss the reasons why President Kennedy in 1961 decided to send Americans to the Moon "before this decade is out" ... why President Nixon discontinued that quest ... and the challenges we face now that President Trump has authorized a return to the moon.

Arizona Daily Star Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Arizona Daily Star Store (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: John Logsdon
Moderator: Chris Impey

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier
History / Biography
Palgrave Macmillan
December 2018
ISBN 9783319989617
421 pages
$35.00, INSTOCK
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When Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980, limits on NASA funding and the lack of direction under the Nixon and Carter administrations had left the U. More/less

John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon
History / Biography
Palgrave Macmillan
May 2013
ISBN 9781137346490
308 pages
$34.99, INSTOCK
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On May 25, 1961, President John Kennedy declared: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. More/less

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