Published: Sept. 25, 2018
Les Johnson

Les Johnson - Near-Earth Asteroid Scout Solar Sail Mission Principal Investigator NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 | DLC | 12:00 P.M.
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Les Johnson is a physicist, an author, and the Principal Investigator for the Near-Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  He was the NASA co-investigator on the European Union’s InflateSail solar sail mission and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s T-Rex tether mission. 

During his career at NASA, Les 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 thrice received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal and has 3 patents. 

Les is an author of several popular science books including “Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel” [featured in Nature, April 2008] and his latest, “Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World” [reviewed in Nature January 2018]. 

He is also a science fiction writer; his fourth novel, “Mission to Methone,” was published in February 2018 by Baen Books. 


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