Former NASA Associate Administrator. Planetary Scientist. Suborbital Astronaut. Pilot. Author. Speaker. Dr. Stern was the mission leader for the highly successful New Horizons mission that flew by Pluto in 2015 as documented in his riveting new book, Chasing New Horizons
In October 2020, Stern was selected to fly aboard SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane. He was chosen via NASA's Flight Opportunities program to conduct agency-funded research on a future flight. In addition, Stern was NASA's Associate Administrator for Science and is former Chairman of the Board for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation.