John Logsdon

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John Logsdon is former Director of the Space Policy Institute at The George Washington University.

Logsdon was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board
Columbia Accident Investigation Board
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. He is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is frequently cited as an authority on space policy by press entities such as The New York Times
The New York Times
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and The Washington Post
The Washington Post
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.

Logsdon is a professor emeritus of political science
Political science
Political Science is a social science discipline concerned with the study of the state, government and politics. Aristotle defined it as the study of the state. It deals extensively with the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and political behavior...

 and international affairs
International relations
International relations is the study of relationships between countries, including the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations , international nongovernmental organizations , non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations...

, and has been on the GWU faculty since 1970. He is also on the faculty of the International Space University
International Space University
The International Space University is a private university founded in 1987. The University currently offers three degree granting programs — Master of Science in Space Management, Master of Science in Space Studies and Executive MBA — in addition to a non-degree-granting Space Studies Program.The...

, and held the first Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
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. During 2008-2009, he held the position of Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History
Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History
The Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History, also known as the Lindbergh Chair, is a one-year senior fellowship hosted by the U.S. National Air and Space Museum , to assist a scholar in the research and composition of a book about aerospace history...

 at the National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution holds the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft in the world. It was established in 1976. Located in Washington, D.C., United States, it is a center for research into the history and science of aviation and...

, Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
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. Logsdon authored the entry on space exploration
Space exploration
Space exploration is the use of space technology to explore outer space. Physical exploration of space is conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft....

 for the latest edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
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and many articles and commentaries. He is author of The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest, and the general editor of the eight-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program. Dr. Logsdon is the author most recently of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon, (Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan
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, 2010).

Logsdon holds a B.S. in physics
Physics
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 from Xavier University (1960) and a Ph.D. in political science from New York University
New York University
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(1970).