Logsdon was a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council. He is frequently cited as an authority on space policy by press entities such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, and in appearances on the PBS NewsHour.
Logsdon is a professor emeritus of political science and international affairs, and has been on the GWU faculty since 1970. He is also on the faculty of the International Space University, and held the first Chair in Space History at the National Air and Space Museum. During 2008–2009, he held the position of Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Logsdon authored the entry on space exploration for the latest edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica and many articles and commentaries. He is author of The Decision to Go to the Moon: Project Apollo and the National Interest, and the general editor of the eight-volume series Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program. Dr. Logsdon is the author most recently of John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). From September 2008-August 2009, he held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. In 2003, he served as a member of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. He is a former member of the NASA Advisory Council and its Exploration Committee.
The International Astronautical Federation awarded Logsdon the 2013 Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal for outstanding contributions including space policy decision-making, space history, and education.
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