About BoldlyGo Institute

Excitement is at the root of exploration; the pursuit of what is unknown to uncover answers about life and our universe has led to extraordinary advances in science, technology, and society.

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.

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.



Experienced & Passionate Leadership

Board of Directors


Dr. Jon Morse, BoldlyGo Institute

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, Singularity University

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.



Jeremy Hitchcock, Minim

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.


Senior Advisors


Mr. Steven Battel, Battel Engineering

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.