May 9, 2009
Paul D. Spudis is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. He was Deputy Leader of the Science Team for the Department of Defense Clementine mission to the Moon in 1994 and is the Principal Investigator of an imaging radar experiment on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission, launched to the Moon in October, 2008. In 2004, he was a member of the President’s Commission on the Implementation of U. S. Space Exploration Policy and was presented with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for that work. He is the recipient of the 2006 Von Karman Lectureship in Astronautics, awarded by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and four books, including The Once and Future Moon, and (with Ben Bussey) The Clementine Atlas of the Moon. His web site can be found at www.spudislunarresources.com. The opinions expressed here are his own, and do not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or his employer.
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