Dr. Wendell Mendell is a planetary scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, where he has been employed since 1963. His research revolves around geological remote sensing of planetary surfaces, particularly the Moon.
Since 1982, he has studied and written about human exploration of the solar system, especially on the establishment of a permanent human base on the Moon, from both technical and policy perspectives. He was the editor of the seminal volume, Lunar Bases and Space Activities of the 21st Century.
During NASA’s Constellation Program, Dr. Mendell served as a liaison between the scientific community and the Program Office responsible for implementing the Vision for Space Exploration. He is an Associate Faculty of the International Space University. He belongs to several professional scientific and engineering societies and has been most active in the International Academy of Astronautics and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.