Derrick Pitts

NASA’s first Astrobiology Ambassador & Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute.  His motto: Eat, breathe, do science. Sleep later.

  • He has made numerous television appearances, including  The Colbert ReportThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Ed Show.
  • Co-host of a weekly radio discussion program called Skytalk on WHYY-FM.
  • Named fellow of The Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Board Member of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, one of the nation’s leading astronomy advocate groups.
  • Pitts illustrates how imagination, innovation, and discovery intersect to create new realities and new opportunities, open to everyone across the planet.

Wow, memorable, great speaker. The audience rated him high for excellence. He has a terrific stage presence and the images he uses are incredible. He’s a great educator!

- Berea College, KY

Derrick was fantastic. He did a great job interacting with our students and his presentation was superb. It was a great pleasure hosting him on our campus.

- University of Nevada Reno