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Ed Lu

Ed Lu is a former NASA astronaut who flew three space missions including 6 months on the International Space Station. He is chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation, whose goal is to harness the power of science and technology to protect the future of our planet.

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Ed Lu is a former NASA astronaut who flew three space missions including 6 months on the International Space Station. He is currently the chairman and CEO of the B612 Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization whose goal is to harness the power of science and technology to protect the future of our planet, while extending our reach into the solar system. The foundation's name was inspired by the famed children’s book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. B612 is the asteroid home cared for by The Little Prince.

From 2007-2010, Ed led the Advanced Projects group at Google, where his teams developed imaging technology for Google Earth/Maps, Google Street View, and energy information products including Google PowerMeter.

He is the co-inventor of the Gravity Tractor, a spacecraft able to controllably alter the orbit of an asteroid. He has published scientific articles on high-energy astrophysics, solar physics, plasma physics, cosmology, and statistical physics. Ed holds a PhD in astrophysics from Stanford University, and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.