Jonathan C. McDowell

Jonathan McDowell's Personal Home Page

I'm an astrophysicist working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as part of the Chandra X-Ray Center, which operates the Chandra X-ray Observatory spacecraft. You can contact me at or

In addition to my day job I carry out research into the history of the space program and write an email-distributed newsletter, Jonathan's Space Report . From 1993 to 2010 I wrote a monthly column for Sky and Telescope Magazine which I still recommend as a great source of astronomy info. I've also appeared on TV around the world pontificating on the latest goings-on in space and have now ventured into the podcastosphere. You can see me chat with Neil Tyson at the WGBH Forum, and some TV here, and on some CfA items

Publication List

Space News and Space History


Other interests

Eponymous minor planet: (4589) McDowell

Informal Bio

home video of Kennedy Space Center during STS-93 launch