Josh Handal

Josh Handal

NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office Program Analyst

Josh Handal is a Program Analyst for NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington. In his role, he works closely with the Near-Earth Object Observations Program Manager to oversee the diverse and multidisciplinary portfolio NASA utilizes to find, track, and better understand asteroids and comets that could pose an impact risk to Earth. Previously, he served as a NASA Public Affairs Officer and led strategic communications for various NASA missions, including for the agency’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia.

Planetary defense coordination office team

Lindley Johnson

Planetary Defense Officer

Kelly Fast

Program Manager

Doris Daou

Strategic and Professional Communications

Michael Kelley

Program Scientist

Thomas Statler

Program Scientist

Andrea Riley

Program Executive

Leviticus Lewis

FEMA Detailee

William Knopf

Program Executive

Joshua Handal

Program Analyst

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