Leonard David

Leonard David is a space journalist, reporting on space activities for over 50 years.

Leonard David is a space journalist, reporting on space activities for over 50 years.

Mr. David is author of Mars – Our Future on the Red Planet published by National Geographic in October 2016. The book is the companion volume to Mars – a National Geographic Channel television series from executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

Leonard is co-author with Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin of Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration released in May 2013 and published by the National Geographic Society. A soft cover edition of the book with a new essay was released in May 2015.

Also issued in May 2015 — Space Careers — was co-authored by Leonard and entrepreneur Scott Sacknoff. This book is designed for high school, college, graduate students – and job seekers of all ages. It is an in-depth source for understanding and finding a career in the space and satellite industry.

Leonard is the first recipient of the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism, to be presented in October 2015 in connection with the 8th AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium held in Huntsville, Alabama.

Mr. David is the 2010 winner of the prestigious National Space Club Press Award, presented this honor during the Club’s annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner in April 2011 that was held in Washington, D.C.

Currently, Leonard is SPACE.com’s Space Insider Columnist, as well as a correspondent for SpaceNews magazine and a contributing writer for several publications, specifically Scientific American, and other venues, such as Aerospace America, the membership publication of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Mr. David has created his own website dedicated to reporting on a variety of space topics and can be found at:


Leonard David has been reporting on space exploration for over five decades. Throughout those years, his writings have appeared in numerous websites, newspapers, magazines and books, such as the Financial TimesForeign PolicyPrivate Air, Sky and TelescopeAstronomy, SPACE.com and SpaceNews newspaper, as well as Aerospace America and in supplemental writing for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. Mr. David has been a consultant to NASA, other government agencies and the aerospace industry.

In the mid-1980’s he served as Director of Research for the National Commission on Space, a U.S. Congress/White House study that appraised the next 50 to 100 years of space exploration.

Leonard is co-author of Extreme Flight: Rocket Science, Sundance/Newbridge Educational Publishing issued in 2006. As a Contributing Essayist, Mr. David’s writings can be found in the National Geographic`s Encyclopedia of Space, published in 2004.

Leonard is also a co-author of the book Chaos to Cosmos – A Space Odyssey, published by the Denver Museum of Nature & Space in 2003. In past years, Mr. David has served as editor-in-chief of the National Space Society`s Ad Astra and Space World magazines, as well as the newsstand publication, Final Frontier.

For NASA, Leonard completed the task of writing a majority of the highly regarded Spinoff 1997Spinoff 1998, and Spinoff 1999 publications. In the past, Leonard has assisted the audio/visual branch by interviewing and writing scripts for the monthly NASA radio program, “The Space Story”. Mr. David has worked with the NASA exhibits branch on public outreach displays, writing text and carrying out photo research on both the commercial uses of space and infrared technologies for astronomy, Earth remote sensing and spinoff applications.

Leonard served as research and technical advisor for the PBS-televised, Living and Working in Space – The Countdown Has Begun, an hour-long science fact/fiction look at careers in space that was premiered on PBS on March 31, 1993.

Leonard was contracted by the producers of the video, the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), to work on the project through 1992 into early 1993. Mr. David served as a technical consultant to the widely acclaimed Bouncing to Mars: The Inside Story of the Mars Exploration Rover Missions, produced by Passport to Knowledge made possible, in part, by the National Science Foundation and was released in summer 2003.

Mr. David was also honored to receive the internationally recognized Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Award for Best Space Submission at the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Awards in England in 2006 and in Paris in 2003.

In 2006, Leonard received the Orbit award for Space Media from the Space Tourism Society honoring his writings over the decades on the burgeoning space tourism industry. Later that year, he won the 2nd Annual Space Journalism award for best article on human spacefaring for January-September 2005 for his article, “Space Tourism: Keeping the Customer Satisfied”.

In 2001, Mr. David won the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Media.



Broadcast 1057 (Special Edition)

Guests: Leonard David was the guest for three segments of our program, followed by Barbara David joining us for the last segment. We did much forward-looking during this show given the changes taking place in government, the economy, and the space community. We talked about the incoming administration and what it might mean for space, the Space Coast of Florida, and its commitment to human space flight, the economy, viewing the Space Shuttle, and much more. Leonard reported on the recent Lunar Lander Challenge and Armadillo Aerospace at the X-Prize in Las Cruces, NM.

Broadcast 763 (Special Edition)

This Golden Oldie Space Show programs features Leonard David from October 2001 and Dennis Wingo from November 2001. When you hear what they said back then, go back in time with them as they were both on just after 9/11. Do a comparison with then and now. How have things changed, where has the progress been, where are we stagnating based on these two interviews. Your feedback is always welcome. Remember, these older programs were one hour shows on the old Phoenix station and each show had commercial breaks at 15 minute intervals.

Broadcast 756 (Special Edition)

SmallSat Conference interviews make up this special recorded Space Show program. While at SmallSat, I interviewed just a few of those attending to get their perspective on either what they were doing at the Conference and why they were there, or their views on small satellites and updates regarding space development. For example, the first interview was conducted at the booth representing the Reagan Test Site at Kwajalein Island (www.smdc.army.mil/RTS.html).

Broadcast 515 (Special Edition)

Leonard David returned to The Space Show for this program. Leonard talked about his work at space.com, current articles and future research for articles that he is presently doing. He provided his thoughts on the shuttle, the vision program, Mars, NASA and the public interest in space, and lots more. We spoke about energy from space, global warming, the private-sector and space launch, including space tourism. As the senior writer at space.com, Leonard David took us through the subjects and topics that drive and make the space program today, both public and private.

Broadcast 350 (Special Edition)

Leonard David, the senior writer for Space.com was the guest for this Space Show program. Mr. David shared his thoughts, perspectives, and research with us on many topics. The discussion included updates on Mars, Mars rovers, Mars planetary and astrobiology science, Hubble, the Space Shuttle, the new Nasa Administrator, Dr. Mike Griffin, and energy. Regarding energy, we talked about the need for effective government and space agency policy, far out technologies that may be useful to us, the politics of oil, and solar and lunar power and satellites. Mr.

Broadcast 188 (Special Edition)

Leonard David, the senior space writer for space.com is the guest for this edition of the Space Show. We talk about the latest with the Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, how JPL works and handles these two rover missions, his free and unfettered access to both data and JPL employees so that he can report and bring to everyone the latest on what is being discovered about Mars from these rovers. Mr. David also talks about his own views on the rovers, Mars, the type of e-mail he gets from interested parties worldwide, and his views on the Bush space policy initiative.


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