Les Johnson


Les is a physicist, a science and science fiction author, and a NASA technologist. His science fiction
novels include Back to the Moon, Rescue Mode (with Ben Bova), On to the Asteroid and his latest,
Mission to Methone. His popular science books include Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and
Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World, Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to
Interplanetary Travel and Sky Alert: When Satellites Fail. In his day job, he is the Principal Investigator
for NASA’s Near-Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission which will launch in 2019 and a Formulation
Manager in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Science & Technology Office. Les is a member of
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The British Interplanetary Society, The National
Space Society and MENSA – and is the Chairman of the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop. He was
a technical consultant for the movies Europa Report and Solis. NPR, CNN, Fox News, The Science
Channel and The Discovery Channel have all interviewed Les about space and space exploration. He was
the featured Interstellar Explorer in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine and has
been interviewed on Science Friday.