To arrange a speaking engagement with Jim Bell, please contact the Penguin Speakers Bureau at or contact Jim directly through this link.  Some examples of Jim's past talks and media appearances can be found on Jim Bell's YouTube Channel.

Upcoming Talks and Appearances


February 26, 2015, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena CA, Readings from "The Interstellar Age", 7:00 p.m.


Past Talks and Appearances

October 6, 2014, "Postcards from Mars," Trottier Symposium, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

September 10, 2014, "Exploring our Solar System," testimony in front of U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, Subcommittee on Space

August 20, 2014, "ASU/Mars-2020 Mission," on Phoenix PBS Channel 8 "Arizona Horizons" show

July 10, 2014, Phoenix Public Library Science Cafe: Exploring Mars

July 14-18, 2014, 8th International Mars Conference, Caltech

June 7, 2014; 4pm, Emcee of "FameLab" Competition, Comic-Con, Phoenix, AZ

June 7, 2014; 8pm, Panelist at "Serenity, Softwire, and the Science of Science Fiction" (with Nathan Fillion), ASU Campus, Tempe, AZ

April 1, 2014: "Leveraging Academic-Commercial NewSpace Partnerships," SpaceExpo 2014, Long Beach, CA

Feb. 28, 2014: Exploring Mars, on KTKK-AM "Fringe Radio"

Feb. 27, 2014: University of Hawaii at Hilo talk: "Postcards from Mars," Hilo, HI, 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 9, 2014: National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, opening of the Spirit and Opportunity 10th Anniversary exhibit

Nov. 17, 2013: Planetary Society MAVEN Pre-Launch Science Cafe, Norton's Pub, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Nov. 15, 2013: National Press Club/ASU Forum on Space Exploration, Washington, D.C.

Nov. 8-10, 2013: Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) SpaceVision 2013 conference, Tempe AZ

September 7, 2013, Asia Pacific Radio Science Conference talk: "Roving on Mars with Opportunity and Curiosity," Taipei, Taiwan, 9:00 a.m.

September 28, 2013: Toronto Science Festival talk: "Postcards from Mars," Univ. of Toronto, Convocation Hall, 7:00 p.m.

August 17, 2013: Mars Society Annual Conference Plenary talk: "Roving on Mars with Opportunity and Curiosity," Boulder CO, 1:45 p.m.

July 22, 2013:  Friends Of The Observatory talk: "Postcards from Mars," Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles CA, 7:30 p.m.

June 10, 2013: "The Space Book" signing, Rizzoli's Book Store, 31 W. 57th St., Manhattan, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

June 9, 2013: "Entertaining Science: Mars!", Cornelia St. Cafe, Manhattan, 6:00 p.m.

February 20, 2013, Public talk: "Exploring Mars, the Moon, Asteroids, and Comets with Rovers and Landers,"  Caltech, Pasadena CA

January 3, 2013: Photographing Mars, The Planetary Society "Google Hangout" [YouTube]

August 4, 2012: Mars Rover Update, Mars Society Annual Convention, Pasadena CA  [YouTube]

August 4, 2012: Introduction to Mars, at The Planetary Society's Planetfest!, Pasadena, CA [YouTube]

May 2, 2012: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Telerobotics Symposium, "Science Objectives for Planetary Exploration" Panel (Greenbelt, MD)

April 30, 2012: Keck Institute for Space Studies Workshop on In Situ Science and Instrumentation for Primitive Bodies, "Surface Geology and Geologic processes on primitive bodies" (Caltech; Pasadena, CA)

April 4, 2012: Tempe, AZ: Weekly Colloquium, ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration (4:10 p.m., Physical Sciences F Wing)

Feb. 20, 2012: Flagstaff, AZ: Public lecture, Northern Arizona University (7:30 p.m., Bldg. 19, Room 233)

Nov. 29, 2011: Washington D.C.: Capitol Hill Forum on the Future of Space Exploration Funding [YouTube]


Samples of Media Interviews

"Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers," NPR Weekend Edition (Feb. 21, 2015)

"ASU/Mars-2020 Mission," on Phoenix PBS Channel 8 "Arizona Horizons" show (Aug. 20, 2014)

"The Star Spot" podcast interview, with Justin Trottier (Dec. 29, 2013): A Brief Tour of Home, with Jim Bell

Marketplace from American Public Media (May 22, 2012): Missions to Mars may be out of reach as funds fade

NPR All Things Considered (May 31, 2011):  NASA Says A Final Goodbye To Plucky Mars Rover

Australian National Radio's "Future Tense" program (July 29, 2010): Space exploration - robots or humans?

NPR Morning Edition (July 21, 2009): Charting NASA's Future: To The Moon And Beyond

The Space Show (Jan. 6, 2009): Mars 3-D: A Rover's Eye View of the Red Planet

NPR All Things Considered (Nov. 20, 2008): Under Obama's Watch, NASA Shuttle Fleet To Retire

NPR Talk of the Nation (July 27, 2007): Mars Rovers Battle Storms on the Red Planet

Coast to Coast with Art Bell (Nov. 26, 2006): Mars & the Rover Missions

WNYC/Leonard Lopate Show (Nov. 20, 2006): Striking Images from Mars

NPR All Things Considered (Jan. 23, 2006): Mars Rover Marks Second Anniversary of Landing

NPR Talk of the Nation (Aug. 6, 2004): Spirit Findings Surprise Scientists

NPR Talk of the Nation (July 23, 2004): Space Update: Planetary Exploration

NPR Talk of the Nation (Jan. 9, 2004): Mars Pan-Cam

NPR Weekend Edition (Apr. 24, 1999): In a Mars Minute