Although his personal odyssey here on Earth is now over, his vision lives on through his writingNASA: Arthur C. Clarke will be missed Mar 19, 2008
The exciting new astrophysics mission concept studies we are funding will seed preparations for astronomical space missions and paradigm-shifting discoveries across the early 21st centuryNASA looks at future astronomy missions Feb 18, 2008
We're looking for name suggestions that will capture the excitement of GLAST's mission and call attention to gamma-ray and high-energy astronomyNASA wants help in re-naming telescope Feb 11, 2008
SOFIA is already a technological marvel, and will soon be a powerful tool for studying the birth and evolution of planets, stars, and galaxiesSpecial NASA airplane passes flight test Jan 17, 2008
This is raw scientific exploration and the suspense is building by the dayNASA spacecraft to visit Mercury Jan 10, 2008
S. Alan Stern (born 22 November 1957, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American planetary scientist. He is the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto and has over 25 years of space science experience, including 200 technical papers, 40 popular articles and has authored/co-authored two books, and served as editor on three technical volumes, and three collections of scientific essays.
Stern has been involved as a researcher in 24 suborbital, orbital, and planetary space missions, including eight for which he was the mission principal investigator including the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System, an instrument which flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-85 in 1997 and STS-93 in 1999.
Stern has also led the development of eight scientific instruments for planetary and near-space research missions and has been a guest observer on numerous NASA satellite observatories, including the International Ultraviolet Explorer, the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Infrared Observer and the Extreme Ultraviolet Observer and has given over 100 hundred technical talks and dozens of popular lectures and speeches about astronomy and the space program. Stern was Executive Director of the Southwest Research Institute's Space Science and Engineering Division until becoming Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in 2007. He resigned from that position after nearly a year. In early 2009 Dr. Stern's name has been mentioned as a potential contender for the position of NASA administrator under President Obama's Administration. Stern has stated however that he is not interested in the position at this time given his desire to spend time with his family.