Les Johnson

Les Johnson is the Deputy Manager for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a co-investigator on a Japanese space tether experiment that will fly in the summer of 2009. During his career at NASA, he served as the Manager for the Space Science Programs and Projects Office, the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program, and the Interstellar Propulsion Research Project. He was the Chief Scientist for the ProSEDS space experiment, twice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, and has three patents. He is an author of three popular science books, Living Off the Land in Space and Solar Sailing: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, and the soon-to-be published, Paradise Regained: The Re-greening of Planet Earth, which will explain why space advocates and environmentalists should work together. Les was the technical consultant for the movie, “Lost in Space.” Les has numerous peer reviewed publications and has been published in Analog. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the National Space Society, The World Future Society, and MENSA. National Public Radio, CNN, The New York Times, and Fox News have interviewed him. He’s appeared in several documentaries shown on The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and his Master’s degree in physics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Broadcast 2415 (Special Edition)

Guest: Les Johnson. Topics: Solar sails, advanced propulsion, HSF, science fiction books & movies, and more. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1299 (Special Edition)

Guest: Les Johnson. Topics: Environmentalists and space advocates, using space to improve condition on Earth now. Les Johnson returned to The Space Show to discuss his new book, "Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth." This book is available at the One Giant Leap Foundation book website, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0387799850?tag=onegialeafou-20. Remember, if you buy it through OGLF, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show.

Broadcast 1132 (Special Edition)

Guest: Les Johnson. Topics: solar sail, space propulsion, interstellar space travel, environmental organizations. Les Johnson was our guest for this program for our discussion of solar sail technology and deployment, interstellar space travel and propulsion ideas, and the space advocacy community relationship with environmental organizations. Our first segment focused on solar sail technology and the efforts so far to have a successful solar sail demonstration flight.

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