Andrew Rader is a mission manager at SpaceX with a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in long duration spaceflight. He’s an expert in the field of space exploration who’s authored more than a dozen technical papers and been featured in Slate, Motherboard, Vice, The Verge, Gizmodo, Space.com and The New York Times. As the winner of the Discovery Channel's number one competitive television series north of the border, "Canada's Greatest Know-it-All," he’s something of a hometown hero who’s been interviewed by dozens of Canadian media outlets.
Rader has authored "Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take us to the Stars" and the children’s books, "Rocket Science," "Epic Space Adventure," "Mars Rover Rescue" and "Europa Excursion." He’s also a tabletop game designer with several popular space, science and history games under his belt and a trivia aficionado whose team has twice taken home the $10,000 grand prize at North America’s largest live trivia contest, World Trivia Night.
In addition to his many other activities, Rader co-hosts the weekly podcast Spellbound along with YouTube celebrity Julian Smith, covering topics from science to economics to history and psychology. Rader also maintains his own YouTube channel, where he’s amassed more than eight million views on over a hundred videos including comedic selections like Cooking on Mars, Who Wants to be a Mega Trillionaire? and educational videos such as Getting to Another Star, How to Stop an Asteroid and excerpts from a popular spacecraft engineering course Rader taught at MIT.