Jim Bell is currently a professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, an adjunct professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University, and president of The Planetary Society. He and his teammates have received more than a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards for work on space missions, and he was the recipient of the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society, for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences. He is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy and science magazines like
Sky & Telescope,
Scientific American, and to radio shows and internet blogs about astronomy and space. He has appeared on television on the NBC
Today show, on CNN's
This American Morning, on the PBS
NewsHour, and on the Discovery, National Geographic, Wall St. Journal, and History Channels. He is the author of
Postcards from Mars.