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David Grinspoon for Chasing New Horizons

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Join us for a reading, Q&A, and signing with author David Grinspoon for his book Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto.

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David Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-

winning author. His newest Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to

Pluto, co-authored with Alan Stern was a Boston Globe “summer reading pick”. He is a

Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute and Adjunct Professor of Astrophysical

and Planetary Science at the University of Colorado. His research focuses on climate

evolution on Earth-like planets and potential conditions for life elsewhere in the universe.

He is involved with several interplanetary spacecraft missions for NASA, the European

Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency. In 2013 he was appointed as the

inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the U.S. Library of Congress where he studied the

human impact on Earth systems and organized a public symposium on the Longevity of

Human Civilization. His technical papers have been published in Nature, Science, and

numerous other journals, and he has given invited keynote talks at conferences around the

world. Grinspoon’s popular writing has appeared in Slate, Scientific American, Natural

History, Nautilus, Astronomy, Seed, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New

York Times and Sky & Telescope Magazine where he is a contributing editor and writes

the quasi-monthly “Cosmic Relief” column. His book Earth in Human Hands was named

a Best Science Book of 2016 by NPR’s Science Friday. His previous book Lonely

Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life won the PEN Center USA Literary Award

for Nonfiction. Grinspoon has been recipient of the Carl Sagan Medal for Public

Communication of Planetary Science by the American Astronomical Society, and has

been honored with the title “Alpha Geek” by Wired Magazine. He lectures widely, and

appears frequently as a science commentator on television, radio and podcasts, including

as a frequent guest on StarTalk Radio and host of the new spinoff StarTalk All Stars.

Also a musician, he currently leads the House Band of the Universe. He resides in

Washington DC with his wife and dog.