BoldlyGo Institute is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded to address highly compelling scientific questions through new approaches to developing space science missions while engaging the global community in the quest.
The future of space exploration holds boundless potential for answering profound questions of our existence and destiny. Space-based science is a cornerstone for investigating such questions, generating extraordinary discoveries – whether roving Mars or discovering new planets, there is so much more to know.
The BoldlyGo Institute leverages the opportunities and approaches of commercial industry to advance space-based science and discovery. By flying space missions with compelling science goals, using private funding and commercial development paradigms, BoldlyGo advances science and broadens engagement for future space exploration.
Our team comprises accomplished leaders in space science, engineering and exploration, with decades of combined space experience, including in senior leadership positions across NASA, developing space hardware and flying in space.
Board of Directors
Dr. Jon Morse
Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board, has over a decade of leadership in space organizations, including as Director of Astrophysics in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, and as Project Scientist for the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
Dr. Laurie Leshin
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is on the science team for NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. She was Deputy Center Director for Science & Technology at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Deputy Associate Administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa
Arizona State University
Director of the Arizona State University’s Center for Meteorite Studies and Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She uses state-of-the-art facilities and techniques to study Solar System materials, including as a member of NASA’s Genesis mission. She serves on the National Academies Space Studies Board.
Dr. Mark Jackson
Faculty at Singularity University, lecturing on topics including quantum computing and space exploration. He is also Founder and CEO of Fiat Physica, a crowdfunding platform devoted to the advancement of physics, astronomy and space exploration. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Columbia University and has 15 years of research experience in superstring theory and cosmology.
Founder and former CEO of Dyn in Manchester, NH. He is also an active angel investor, a Pillar CEO at Pillar.vc and is associated with several other Boston and NYC based VC firms. He has written for various news publications and has spoken globally on building technology ecosystems, running bootstrapped hyper growth companies, developing culture, and STEM education.
Dr. James C Green
University of Colorado, Boulder
Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His primary research area is the development of space instrumentation for astronomical observations. His most notable project was as Principal Investigator of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, which was installed in the Hubble Space Telescope during servicing mission 4 in 2009.
Mr. Steven Battel
President of Battel Engineering, with internationally recognized expertise in program management and space systems engineering for Earth observing, space physics, astronomy and planetary applications. He is a National Associate of the National Research Council, a Fellow of the AIAA, a Senior Member of IEEE, and most recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Adam Frank
University of Rochester
Professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester. His computational astrophysics group studies star formation, stellar evolution and exoplanets. He is also co-founder of NPR’s 13.7: Cosmos and Culture blog, an on-air commentator for All Things Considered and an occasional contributor to the New York Times.
Dr. Scott Parazynski
Arizona State University
Former astronaut who flew on five Space Shuttle flights during a 17 year NASA career. He is University Explorer and Professor of Practice in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, was Chair of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and most recently elected to the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Urgency of Discovery
The progress of scientific discovery and exploration is a flame that burns brightly in our society and underlies our prosperity.
As scientists, engineers and explorers committed to advancing human knowledge and civilization, we are compelled to make this effort to open new paths to discovery, to achieve historic firsts in our quest to understand and explore the cosmos, to generate new opportunities for innovation and efficiency in spacecraft development, to expand the pool of resources available for space science beyond the government coffers, and to create new levels of public access and engagement in scientific research from space – and to do these things as soon as possible!