Dr. Edward Lu

Dr. Edward Lu

Asteroid Institute Executive Director
Board Director

Asteroid Institute
Board Of Directors


Dr. Ed Lu is an explorer whose quest is to map the unknown—whether by tracking space debris in Earth orbit at LEOlabs, mapping the world with Google Maps, or his current work mapping the inner solar system. Ed co-founded B612 with Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, Clark Chapman, and others. Ed currently serves as Executive Director of the Asteroid Institute, which is a program of B612 Foundation.

As a NASA Astronaut, Ed flew three missions, logging 206 days in space, to construct and live aboard the International Space Station. A graduate of Cornell, Ed earned a Ph.D. from Stanford in astrophysics and has numerous commendations, including NASA’s highest honor: The Distinguished Service Medal.

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Buie, Marc W., Harold J. Reitsema, and Ed Lu. “The Role of Survey Telescopes for Planetary Defense.” AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 2016. 2016.

Lu, Edward T., and Stanley G. Love. “Gravitational tractor for towing asteroids.” Nature 438.7065 (2005): 177-178.

Lu, Edward T., and Russell J. Hamilton. “Avalanches and the distribution of solar flares.” The astrophysical journal 380 (1991): L89-L92.