Professor John M. Logsdon is an educator, author, analyst, and historian of the presidential decisions that have shaped the U.S. space program since its inception.

Logsdon is often referred to as "the Dean of space policy." He has been based at The George Washington University in Washington, DC since 1970, now as Professor Emeritus at the Space Policy Institute of GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He founded the Space Policy Institute in 1987 and directed it until leaving active faculty status in 2008. In the years since, he has published three in-depth studies of presidential decision-making regarding the space program: John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010); After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (2015); and Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier (2019). He has also edited the recently published The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration (2018), a collection of original documents tracing the evolution of the U.S. space effort.

Professor Logsdon is a sought-after speaker, and is frequently consulted by the electronic and print media for his views on space issues.

 Endorsements of Professor Logsdon's Scholarship

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“A comprehensive and insightful retrospect of the conception and early days of Project Apollo.”

– Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11

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“From me comes only praise, multi-faceted praise.”

– Michael Collins, Apollo 11

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“Let Dr. Logsdon show you the future through study and understanding of space history.”

- Bill Nye, The Science Guy


“Professor Logsdon is uniquely qualified for the task – to reveal the cultural, political, and scientific correspondence that birthed and sustains our era of space exploration.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Natural History Museum


“John Logsdon puts us ‘in the room where it happens’ . . . No one is better at transforming meticulous research and complex history into an engaging and highly readable tale.”

– Kathryn Sullivan, former astronaut and Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


“John Logsdon has told this story with verve and style. His depth of knowledge is unparalleled, his breadth of analysis is incomparable, and his presentation is unrivaled in this superb account.”

– Roger Launius, author and former NASA chief historian


“Expertly researched, wonderfully written, very readable…Essential reading for everyone concerned with the course of space exploration.”

– Professor Howard McCurdy, American University.