Alan Stern

Alan SternAlan Stern – a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. For the last three years, he’s been an Associate Vice President at the Southwest Research Institute, and since 2008 has had his own aerospace consulting practice. Alan was also recently appointed as Director of the Florida Space Institute. In 2007 and 2008, Alan served as NASA’s chief of all space and Earth science programs, directing a $4.4 billion organization with 93 separate flight missions and a program of over 3,000 research grants. He is currently training to fly a series of suborbital space research missions with Virgin Galactic and XCOR Aerospace in 2012-2013, and serves as the Chief Scientist and Mission Architect for the Moon Express Google Lunar X-Prize.