Elizabeth Landau

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Elizabeth Landau
Landau at the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program in 2017
Alma materPrinceton University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
Known forScience Communication

Elizabeth Rosa Landau is an American science writer and communicator. She is a Senior Communications Specialist at NASA Headquarters.[1] She was a Senior Storyteller at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory previously.


Landau grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. As a child, she watched Carl Sagan's TV series Cosmos, which helped inspire her love of space.[2]

She earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology at Princeton University (magna cum laude) in 2006. As a Princeton student, she completed study-abroad programs at University of Seville and Universidad de León.[3] During her junior year in Princeton, she was the editor-in-chief of Innovation, the university's student science magazine.[2] In the summer of 2004, she became a production intern at CNN en Español in New York.[3] She earned a master's in journalism from Columbia University, where she focused on politics.[4]


Landau began to write and produce for CNN's website in 2007 as a Master's Fellow, and returned full-time in 2008.[5] Here she co-founded the CNN science blog, Light Years.[6] She covered a variety of topics including Pi Day.[7][8][9] In 2012, Landau interviewed Scott Maxwell about the Curiosity rover at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.[10]

NASA career[edit]

In 2014, she became a media relations specialist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she led media strategy for Dawn (spacecraft), Voyager, Spitzer, NuSTAR, WISE, Planck and Hershel.[11][12][13][14][15][16] She led NASA's effort to share the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system with the world on February 22, 2017.[17][18] In January 2018, she was appointed a Senior Storyteller at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.[2] In February 2020, she became a Senior Communications Specialist at NASA Headquarters.[1]

Writing career[edit]

Landau has written for CNN, Marie Claire, New Scientist, Nautilus, Scientific American, Vice and The Wall Street Journal.[19][20][21][22][23]

Landau interviewed astronomer Virginia Trimble for Quanta Magazine in November 2019.[24]


  1. ^ a b "Liz Landau on Twitter:"A bittersweet goodbye to my science village..."". Twitter. February 4, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Solar System Exploration: NASA Science". Solar System Exploration: NASA Science. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  3. ^ a b University, Princeton. "ARCHIVE - Office of International Programs". www.princeton.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  4. ^ "Using Images To Pitch Your Story To Journalists - NASA & Former CNN Writer Elizabeth Landau". Best Pitch I Ever Got. 2015-04-01. Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Landau's Biography | Muck Rack". muckrack.com. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  6. ^ "Light Years". lightyears.blogs.cnn.com. Archived from the original on 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  7. ^ Landau, Elizabeth. "Pi Day 2014 celebrated throughout the United States". CNN. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  8. ^ Landau, Elizabeth. "On Pi Day, finding strength in numbers". CNN. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  9. ^ Landau, Elizabeth. "On Pi Day, one number 'reeks of mystery'". CNN. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  10. ^ Landau, Elizabeth. "His other car is on Mars". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  11. ^ "Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News". www.jpl.nasa.gov. Archived from the original on 2021-08-02. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  12. ^ "Contact". NuSTAR. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  13. ^ "Dawn Mission | Contact Us". www.dawn-mission.org. Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  14. ^ "What Do We Do If We Find Life? NASA Experts Answer Questions About Exoplanets". did you know?. 2017-06-23. Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  15. ^ "News and Blogs | NASA/JPL Edu". NASA/JPL Edu. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  16. ^ "54: Combining Two Passions Into One Awesome Career with Liz Landau of NASA". Spreaker. Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  17. ^ "New clues to compositions of TRAPPIST-1 planets". Exoplanet Exploration: Planets Beyond our Solar System. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  18. ^ Perez, Martin (2017-08-11). "TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System". NASA. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  19. ^ "Writing Portfolio – Liz Landau". www.lizlandau.com. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  20. ^ "I'm 33 and I've Never Been Kissed". Marie Claire. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  21. ^ "Roll Your Blunts and Peer Inside These Gemstones". Motherboard. 2017-06-26. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  22. ^ "Stories by Elizabeth Landau". Scientific American. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  23. ^ Landau, Elizabeth. "Scientists: Advertise Your Failures!". Scientific American Blog Network. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  24. ^ Landau, Elizabeth (November 19, 2019). "Virginia Trimble Has Seen the Stars". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2020-03-03.

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