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Space-Exploration Top 100: From Elon Musk to Neil DeGrasse Tyson, These Are the Most Influential Leaders in Space-Exploration

Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Space-Exploration - Power List by Richtopia

Whether you’re at the forefront of space-exploration or have an interest in the topic. You could be worse-off than to read the short biographies of space-exploration insiders who have been through the journey before.

So we’ve compiled a list of top people in space-exploration. It’s a list of the most influential individuals in space-exploration, particularly at being pro-active.

If you’re an enthusiast of relevant fields including space exploration, orbital flights, interplanetary-life or sustainable development, it is critical that you follow and connect with these influencers and expand your professional network.

Here’s what some of them said about this list:

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Rank Leader Kred Influence Kred Outreach Power Score

1.
(1)

Elon Musk Profile Image Elon Musk
999 9 100

2.
(2)

Jan Wörner Profile Image Jan Wörner
Director General, European Space Agency @ESA. Tweets by my team (T) and me.
998 9 100

3.
(3)

Dennis A. Muilenburg Profile Image Dennis A. Muilenburg
Former Boeing intern. Current Boeing CEO. Lifelong aerospace enthusiast. Proud Iowan. Avid cyclist. For information about my career: https://t.co/afDE3H7V9I
997 9 99

4.
(4)

Gen. Jay Raymond Profile Image Gen. Jay Raymond
Official Twitter account of the Commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command. * Retweets, likes and follows do not imply endorsement.
996 9 99

5.
(5)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Profile Image Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist
995 9 98

6.
(6)

Jeff Bezos Profile Image Jeff Bezos
Amazon, Blue Origin, Washington Post
994 9 98

7.
(7)

Peter Diamandis Profile Image Peter Diamandis
@XPRIZE, @SingularityU, @PlanetaryRsrcs, @HumanLongevity, Bold Capital, Author of Abundance & BOLD. Passionate about space, Abundance & Longevity.
993 9 97

8.
(8)

Richard Branson Profile Image Richard Branson
Tie-loathing adventurer, philanthropist & troublemaker, who believes in turning ideas into reality. Otherwise known as Dr Yes at @virgin!
992 9 96

9.
(9)

Buzz Aldrin Profile Image Buzz Aldrin
88 yrs young. Gemini 12 & Apollo 11 Astronaut & Moonwalker; West Point to USAF Colonel, Korean War veteran; Doctorate, MIT Founder, Human SpaceFlight Institute
983 7 88

10.
(10)

Дмитрий Рогозин Profile Image Дмитрий Рогозин
Генеральный директор Государственной корпорации РОСКОСМОС, доктор технических наук, доктор философских наук, Чрезвычайный и полномочный посол России
982 7 87

11.
(11)

Katie Mack Profile Image Katie Mack
(a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist/cosmologist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of airplane food
965 8 87

12.
(12)

Soichi Noguchi 野口 聡- Profile Image Soichi Noguchi 野口 聡-
Astronaut, Fly to ISS 2019-2020. President, Association of Space Explorers of Asia https://t.co/PoUD1aWWmZ https://t.co/ULPxVjHjgZ
978 7 87

13.
(13)

Dr.Mohammed AlAhbabi Profile Image Dr.Mohammed AlAhbabi
Director General, UAE Space Agency
965 7 85

14.
(14)

André Kuipers Profile Image André Kuipers
European Space Agency astronaut, 204 days in space for mission DELTA (2004) & Expedition 30/31 (2011/12)
961 8 83

15.
(15)

Chris Hadfield Profile Image Chris Hadfield
Canadian Astronaut, back on Earth after 3 spaceflights. For events and media, please write to [email protected].
964 7 83

16.
(16)

Reid Wiseman Profile Image Reid Wiseman
NASA Astronaut/Aquanaut
993 6 83

17.
(17)

Samantha Cristoforetti Profile Image Samantha Cristoforetti
European of Italian nationality. @ESA astronaut. ISS Exp 42/43. Book out Oct 4 (proceeds to @UNICEF_Italia) https://t.co/2Jw0oLcabp In English in 2019!
963 7 82

18.
(18)

Luca Parmitano Profile Image Luca Parmitano
@ESA astronaut of #Italian nationality. Italian Air Force test pilot. I flew on the #ISS with #Exp36 #Exp37 #Volare. I was Commander of #CAVES14 and #NEEMO20.
962 7 82

19.
(19)

Mike Massimino Profile Image Mike Massimino
Former @NASA astronaut, Professor at Columbia @CUSEAS, Sr. Advisor for Space Programs @IntrepidMuseum, Author of #Spaceman
961 7 81

20.
(20)

Alexander Gerst Profile Image Alexander Gerst
European of German nationality, @ESA astronaut, geophysicist, volcanologist, explorer. One of six humans currently in space, serving as Commander of ISS Exp57
989 6 81

21.
(21)

Scott Kelly Profile Image Scott Kelly
https://t.co/zl81o1KrUc
988 6 81

22.
(22)

Dr./Prof. Sarah Hörst Profile Image Dr./Prof. Sarah Hörst
Asst Prof of Planetary Sci @JohnsHopkins and Titan evangelist. “I try not to hope and fail utterly” [email protected] she/her https://t.co/KTdjavkCds
896 9 81

23.
(23)

Carolyn Porco Profile Image Carolyn Porco
Cassini imaging lead. Visiting Scholar UC Berkeley. National Geographic Eliza Scidmore awardee. I think. I speak. I write. Opinions are my own.
930 8 80

24.
(24)

Thomas Pesquet Profile Image Thomas Pesquet
Européen Français, pilote de vaisseau spatial à l'ESA de retour de 6 mois de mission sur l'ISS / ESA Euro-French spacecraft pilot, back from 6-month ISS mission
944 7 80

25.
(25)

Lawrence M. Krauss Profile Image Lawrence M. Krauss
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, Best-Selling Author, Producer, Actor, Science and Public Policy Advocate
943 7 79

26.
(26)

Tim Peake Profile Image Tim Peake
ESA astronaut & test pilot back on Earth after 6 months in space. New book out now (proceeds to Prince's Trust): https://t.co/VN6VuYbGiH Tweets are my own
971 6 78

27.
(27)

Dr. Phil Metzger Profile Image Dr. Phil Metzger
Planetary scientist at @UCF. CoFounder NASA KSC SwampWorks. Space Mining. Space Settlement. Science.
914 8 78

28.
(28)

古川聡 Satoshi Furukawa Profile Image 古川聡 Satoshi Furukawa
JAXA宇宙飛行士 JAXA Astronaut
969 6 78

29.
(29)

Terry Virts Profile Image Terry Virts
In God I trust. All others must bring data. Father, Speaker, Photographer, Astronaut, Author of "View From Above": https://t.co/5XQ7BtJsM4
965 6 77

30.
(30)

Cady Coleman Profile Image Cady Coleman
Astronaut, Scientist, Explorer
887 7 72

31.
(31)

Mike Brown Profile Image Mike Brown
Astronomer, planet hunter, Pluto killer, bear whisperer, Finger-wrapped dad. Dangerous secularist.
867 7 71

32.
(32)

Oleg Artemyev Profile Image Oleg Artemyev
Космонавт-испытатель Роскосмоса Россия. Бортинженер МКС - Test Cosmonaut Roscosmos, Russia. Flight Engineer ISS Exp39/40 Exp40, Exp55/56
921 6 70

33.
(33)

Karen L. Nyberg Profile Image Karen L. Nyberg
Wife & Mother, NASA Astronaut. Flew on Space Shuttle Discovery in 2008. Lived on Space Station for 6 mths in 2013. https://t.co/VCUJ47MxOH
976 5 69

34.
(34)

Jeremy R. Hansen Profile Image Jeremy R. Hansen
Canadian Space Agency Astronaut since 2009. Ontario-native and former CF-18 fighter pilot.
904 6 68

35.
(35)

Pedro Duque Profile Image Pedro Duque
Ingeniero Aeronáutico de @La_UPM. Astronauta @ESA desde 1992. Ministro de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades de España. Science Minister - Spain @cienciagob
897 6 67

36.
(36)

Bob Richards Profile Image Bob Richards
Orphan of Apollo. A Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, Space Generation, Odyssey Moon & Moon Express (CEO).
796 7 66

37.
(37)

Koichi Wakata Profile Image Koichi Wakata
JAXA Astronaut & VP. Flew on Shuttle Endeavour & Discovery, ISS, Soyuz TMA-14 & TMA-11M. Time in space 347 days.
964 5 66

38.
(38)

Mike Fossum Profile Image Mike Fossum
Retired Astronaut, Husband, Father, Christian, USAF Col (Ret), Texas A&M, Eagle Scout, Scoutmaster, Grandfather. Former Commander of Expedition 29.
889 6 66

39.
(39)

Tory Bruno Profile Image Tory Bruno
President and CEO United Launch Alliance @ULAlaunch, ...Rocket Scientist, Horseman, proud @calpoly alum
786 7 64

40.
(40)

David Saint-Jacques Profile Image David Saint-Jacques
Canadian Space Agency astronaut. Flying to space on December 3, 2018. Astronaute de l’Agence spatiale canadienne. S’envolera dans l’espace le 3 déc. 2018.
862 6 63

41.
(41)

Andreas Mogensen Profile Image Andreas Mogensen
ESA astronaut from Denmark. Visited the International Space Station in September 2015. Aerospace engineer. Rugby, adventure sports enthusiast. #Longhorns
856 6 62

42.
(42)

Ricky Arnold Profile Image Ricky Arnold
Astronaut (STS-119, NEEMO 13, #CAVES2016, Expedition 55/56 on ISS) & Educator. Tweets are my own. IG:@astro_ricky
798 6 59

43.
(43)

Jack Fischer Profile Image Jack Fischer
A USAF Officer, former test pilot & astronaut--hoping to pass along my passion for space & the Air Force I love--I dare you to dream! Views are my own
795 6 58

44.
(44)

Макс Сураев Profile Image Макс Сураев
Лётчик-Космонавт
902 5 58

45.
(45)

Mike Hopkins Profile Image Mike Hopkins
NASA Astronaut, Expedition 37/38 Flight Engineer
948 4 56

46.
(46)

Anton Shkaplerov Profile Image Anton Shkaplerov
Russian cosmonaut. Former Colonel of the Russian Air Force, fighter pilot. International Space Station Exp 29/30 and 42/43, 54/55
888 5 55

47.
(47)

Brian Greene Profile Image Brian Greene
Physicist, Author, Co-founder @WorldSciFest
940 4 55

48.
(48)

Bob Behnken Profile Image Bob Behnken
Father, Husband, NASA Astronaut, USAF Col, @Caltech and @WUSTL graduate.Crew for @NASA's @Commercial_Crew, flying @SpaceX's 1st Human mission next!
782 6 55

49.
(49)

Thomas H. Marshburn Profile Image Thomas H. Marshburn
NASA Astronaut; STS-127, Exp 34/35
939 4 54

50.
(50)

Ellen Stofan Profile Image Ellen Stofan
John and Adrienne Mars Director of National Air and Space Museum, Planetary geologist, STEM advocate, former Chief Scientist of NASA. My tweets are my own.
779 6 54

51.
(51)

Tim Kopra Profile Image Tim Kopra
NASA Astronaut, ISS Expedition 47 Commander.
862 5 54

52.
(52)

Paolo Nespoli Profile Image Paolo Nespoli
Astronaut @esa- Flight Engineer Exp.52/53 (Jul - Dec 2017), the 3rd @ASI_spazio (Italian Space Agency) long duration mission to the ISS
915 4 52

53.
(53)

Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D. Profile Image Mary Lynne Dittmar, Ph.D.
CEO Coalition Deep Space Exploration; @NASA advisor; @NASciences Space Studies Board; Nat. Space Council Users' Advisory Grp; @FAANews COMSTAC; #WomanInSTEM
744 7 52

54.
(54)

George Whitesides Profile Image George Whitesides
CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company; Board, Virgin Orbit. Husband of Loretta and dad to two great kids. Mountain biker. Its all coming together!
763 6 49

55.
(55)

Victor Glover Profile Image Victor Glover
Husband, Dad, @USNavy Commander and @NASA Astronaut https://t.co/0itlNRflfs
760 6 48

56.
(56)

Capt. Mike Foreman Profile Image Capt. Mike Foreman
Believer. Former NASA Astronaut, Test Pilot. Naval Aviator. Space Shuttle missions: STS-123, STS-129. Mayor of Friendswood, TX. [email protected]
786 5 47

57.
(57)

Kjell Lindgren Profile Image Kjell Lindgren
Space nerd in paradise. Back on Earth after 141 days on the International Space Station. What a ride!
850 4 45

58.
(58)

Garrett Reisman Profile Image Garrett Reisman
Just your typical story about a kid who grew up in New Jersey and studied hard, got good grades and somehow became a NASA Astronaut.
742 6 44

59.
(59)

油井 亀美也 Kimiya.Yui Profile Image 油井 亀美也 Kimiya.Yui
2015年7月~12月ISS長期滞在。JAXA宇宙飛行士グループ長 In 2011 became a JAXA astronaut, Кимия Юи;В 2011 году стал астронавтом JAXA 過去のツイートはこちら https://t.co/bC0cZ7qYxK
919 3 42

60=
(60)

Jessica Meir Profile Image Jessica Meir
NASA Astronaut. Comparative physiologist. Explorer. Nature lover.
770 5 42

60=
(60)

Leroy Chiao Profile Image Leroy Chiao
Astronaut and more...
770 5 42

62.
(62)

Christopher Ferguson Profile Image Christopher Ferguson
@BoeingSpace Astronaut Naval Aviator, TOPGUN & Drexel Grad. Flew to space 3x & commanded the last shuttle, returning on the Starliner. Go Birds! Views are mine.
793 4 41

63.
(63)

Jim Bridenstine Profile Image Jim Bridenstine
@NASA Administrator. Husband. Father. Veteran. https://t.co/zjlQuVy4s1
784 4 39

64.
(64)

Will Marshall Profile Image Will Marshall
Co-Founder & CEO of Planet Labs -- building little spaceships to help us to take care of our favourite spaceship, the Earth 🙂
762 5 39

65.
(65)

Anne McClain Profile Image Anne McClain
Current resident of the International Space Station. Expeditions 58/59, December 2018 - June 2019.
755 5 37

66.
(66)

Dava Newman Profile Image Dava Newman
@MIT Apollo Professor of Astronautics. Explorer-Engineer-Educator-Advocate #STEAMD science, tech, engineering, arts, math, design. Former @NASA Deputy Admin.
778 4 37

67.
(67)

Mark T. Vande Hei Profile Image Mark T. Vande Hei
NASA Astronaut, Flight Engineer for International Space Station Expeditions 53 & 54, Flight Engineer 1 for Союз МС-06, and retired US Army Colonel
776 4 36

68.
(68)

Wayne Hale Profile Image Wayne Hale
Former Space Shuttle Program Manager & Flight Director for 40 missions. Now retired from NASA after 32 years. Currently consults for SAS & a full time grandpa.
768 4 34

69.
(69)

Jeff Williams Profile Image Jeff Williams
NASA Astronaut, US Army Colonel, experimental test pilot, husband, father, grandfather. Bringing the International Space Station to you.
829 3 34

70.
(70)

Jeanette J. Epps Profile Image Jeanette J. Epps
NASA Astronaut, Aquanaut and Ph.D in Aerospace.
767 4 34

71.
(71)

Col. Doug Hurley Profile Image Col. Doug Hurley
Karen's husband. Father. NASA Astronaut. Pilot of shuttle missions STS-127 and STS-135. Now training to fly Space X DM-2 crewed test flight.
764 4 33

72.
(72)

Peggy Whitson Profile Image Peggy Whitson
Doctorate in Biochemistry, Former NASA Astronaut, 1st female Space Station Commander. Do your best, be positive, and dream BIG!
799 3 33

73.
(73)

Sunita Williams Profile Image Sunita Williams
ISS Commander Expedition 33; Exp. 32/33; Exp. 14/15
889 2 32

74.
(74)

Dr. Jenni Sidey-Gibbons Profile Image Dr. Jenni Sidey-Gibbons
Canadian Space Agency Astronaut. #Energy and #Combustion researcher.
711 5 32

75.
(75)

Shane Kimbrough Profile Image Shane Kimbrough
NASA Astronaut, US Army Colonel, AH-64 Apache pilot, husband, father, Christian. Excited to share NASA and the International Space Station with you!
790 3 30

76.
(76)

Kate Rubins Profile Image Kate Rubins
NASA Astronaut, former virus hunter
754 4 30

77.
(77)

Col. Mike Fincke Profile Image Col. Mike Fincke
Colonel, USAF and NASA Astronaut
789 3 30

78.
(78)

Franklin Chang-Díaz Profile Image Franklin Chang-Díaz
Founder of Ad Astra Rocket Company || NASA Astronaut for a record 7 space missions
748 4 29

79.
(79)

Andrew Rush Profile Image Andrew Rush
President & CEO of Made In Space
650 5 29

80.
(80)

Gilles Leclerc Profile Image Gilles Leclerc
Director General, Space Exploration || Canadian Space Agency Directeur général, Exploration spatiale || Agence spatiale canadienne @csa_asc // Partum Futurum
622 5 28

81.
(81)

Randy Bresnik Profile Image Randy Bresnik
Marine Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot, @NASA Astronaut, Citadel Grad, but most important: incredibly blessed to be a Husband and Father.
781 3 27

82.
(82)

Eric Anderson Profile Image Eric Anderson
Planetary Resources, Space Adventures, Intentional Software, Booster Fuels.
732 4 27

83.
(83)

Joseph M. Acaba Profile Image Joseph M. Acaba
NASA astronaut on my 3rd spaceflight. US Marine Corps, Reserve -hydro geologist -peace corps volunteer -and my favorite job, math and science teacher.
802 2 26

84.
(84)

Ellen Ochoa Profile Image Ellen Ochoa
Veteran astronaut. First Hispanic woman in space. 11th director of @NASA_Johnson. Mom. #STEM advocate. Football fan. Classical music fan.
715 4 26

85.
(85)

Bas Lansdorp Profile Image Bas Lansdorp
Co-Founder @MarsOneProject | Co-Founder @AmpyxPower | Public Speaker | Engineer | Espresso lover | Optimist
714 4 25

86.
(86)

S. Auñón-Chancellor Profile Image S. Auñón-Chancellor
NASA Astronaut, Physician, Engineer, Aquanaut, proud wife and mother. Currently in Low Earth Orbit for Exp 57
774 3 25

87.
(87)

Don Pettit Profile Image Don Pettit
I am an engineer by schooling, a scientist by profession, and an explorer by heart. I train to fly in space and on occasion, find myself in orbit.
823 0 25

88.
(88)

Matthias Maurer Profile Image Matthias Maurer
German ESA Astronaut. In training. Also: Scouting new technologies for ESA astronauts; ISS operations; preparing new space analogues; material science
706 4 24

89.
(89)

David Spergel Profile Image David Spergel
Astrophysicist at Princeton University and Flatiron Institute
704 4 24

90.
(90)

David Charbonneau Profile Image David Charbonneau
Exoplaneteer and Professor of Astronomy at Harvard. Girl Scout leader, hockey coach, and proud father of four daughters and future presidents.
667 4 23

91.
(91)

Dan Burbank Profile Image Dan Burbank
Husband, father, NASA astronaut, US Coast Guard helicopter pilot (ret.), musician, amateur astronomer
764 3 23

92.
(92)

Jean-Yves Le Gall Profile Image Jean-Yves Le Gall
Président du @CNES, Président du Conseil de l'@ESA et Président de l'@IAFastro
636 4 21

93.
(93)

金井 宣茂 Profile Image 金井 宣茂
宇宙飛行士。約半年にわたる国際宇宙ステーション長期滞在を終え、2018年6月3日に地上に帰還しました。宇宙開発は、未来を作る仕事です。フォロワーの皆さまと一緒に、新しい宇宙世紀を切り拓いて行きたいと思います。
757 3 20

94.
(94)

Sara Seager Profile Image Sara Seager
Prof. Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT. A pioneer in the vast world of exoplanets, she's on a quest for the holy grail: another Earth.
738 3 17

95.
(95)

Peter Beck Profile Image Peter Beck
Rocket Lab
719 3 16

96.
(96)

Guillaume Faury Profile Image Guillaume Faury
President @Airbus Commercial Aircraft
657 3 12

97.
(97)

Sergey Volkov Profile Image Sergey Volkov
Космонавт Роскосмоса. Участник космических экспедиций: МКС-17, 28/29 и 45/46. // Roscosmos cosmonaut. A member of 3 missions to the ISS: Exp17, 28/29 and 45/46
751 1 11

98.
(98)

Frank Bunger Profile Image Frank Bunger
CEO @OrionSpan. Building the world’s first luxury space hotel, Aurora Station.
559 3 10

99.
(99)

Radhakrishnan K Koppillil Profile Image Radhakrishnan K Koppillil
Honorary Distinguished Advisor DOS/ISRO; Former Chairman, Space Commission/Secretary, Department of Space / Chairman, ISRO (2009-14)
529 3 9

100.
(100)

Bob Cabana Profile Image Bob Cabana
Former astronaut and current Center Director of Kennedy Space Center.
679 1 5
Bulletin:
Week 48
Published:
11:12pm - 4th Dec 2018
Score Period:
27th Nov - 4th Dec 2018
Data Sources:
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