Alan Hale, Ph.D. (Founder/President)

David Blanton

Jeff Diamond

Tim Morgan


Karen Barker (American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics)

William Gaubatz (X-Prize Foundation)

Erik Lindbergh (X-Prize Foundation)

David Livingston (The Space Show)

John Spencer (Space Tourism Society)

George Whitesides (Virgin Galactic)

(affiliations for identification purposes only)


(under development)


Kedar Badu

Kedar was trained as a transportation engineer in Belarus in the early 1980s, and worked with various international development agenices in Nepal and with the UN in Kyrgyzatan. He is presently a freelance development consultant and is associated with the Galileo Club of Pokhara in Nepal, and also writes a monthly column in the Nepali Times.

Mike Begbie

Mike is an astronomy educator and researcher based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has participated in several high-profile research campaigns, has taught numerous subjects in southern Africa, and is a professional photographer.

Hal Chambless

Hal is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and has more than 30 years expertise in for-profit and nonprofit strategic marketing, communications, and business development. He was instrumental in financial development and media relations for the Institute's 1999 and 2000 trips to Iran.

Maria Rosa Doti-Escalante

Maria Rosa is a science professor at Universidad Nacional Experimental Politecnica de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana (UNEFA), Venezuela. She has had a lifelong interest in astronomy and has been involved in a number of astronomical educational activities over the past several years. She is an UNAWE teacher in Venezuela..

Rich Kestner

Rich is the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Office for Space Commercialization (now the New Mexico Spaceport Authority), and presently runs an independent consulting firm.

Wynne Lienhardt

Wynne is a Registered Nurse based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has participted in numerous astronomical activities throughout her life.

Ali Parsa

Ali is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Zirakzadeh Science Foundation in Tehran, Iran. He was instrumental in arranging the Earthrise Institute's "science diplomacy" visit to Iran for the total solar eclipse in August 1999.

Majdi Saad

Majdi is Editor-in-Chief of Elem wa Alam ("Science and World'), the largest-circulation science magazine in the Arab World. He is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and has organized numerous science-based activities throughout the Middle East.

Mike Simmons

Mike has recently retired from the Medical Department at UCLA. He is Vice President of the Mount Wilson Observatory Association, coordinates the Consortium for Undergraduate Research in Astronomy (CUREA) program at Mount Wilson, and is the founder of Astronomers Without Borders.

John Spencer

John is a space architect for both real NASA/aerospace projects and for simulation and educations ventures. He is the founder and president of the Space Tourism Society.

Judy Stanley

Judy is a 20-year veteran classroom teacher and avid amateur astronomer, and has assembled an army of Dobsonian telescopes which she puts in the hands of interested children and adults so that they can experience the night sky. She currently is the Public Education Officer of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array and is Vice President of the Albuquerque Astronomical Society.

Stanley Weinstein

Stanley is President of Stanley Weinstein & Co., a consulting firm specifically devloted to the success of non-profit organizations. He has over thirty years of experience in working with the non-profit sector and has won numerous awards for his service.


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