Les Johnson

Les Johnson is a physicist, a science, science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His science fiction novels include Mission to Methone (2018), Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode (with Ben Bova), and On to the Asteroid. His popular science books include Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World (2018), Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel, and Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail. In his day job, he is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission which will launch in 2019 and a Formulation Manager in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Science & Technology Office. Les is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The British Interplanetary Society, The National Space Society, and MENSA and is the Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. He was a technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Solis. NPR, CNN, Fox News, The Science Channel, and The Discovery Channel have all interviewed Johnson about space and space exploration. He was the featured Interstellar Explorer in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine and has been interviewed on Science Friday.