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BFA, writing and production, Art Center College of Design

MA, communication, Stanford University

Studies in astronomy at UCLA

Ten years as a visiting assistant professor of communication at the University of La Verne

Nine years on staff at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA.





"Innovation the NASA Way", McGraw-Hill 2014

"Curiosity: The Inside Story of the Mars Rover", Random House 2014

"Destination Mars", Prometheus Books, 2012

"Missions to the Moon", Carlton/Sterling, 2010

"Destination Moon", Smithsonian, 2005

"The Average Joe's Guide to Buying a Diamond", Australia Press, 2015

"Leadership Lessons from Mission Control", confidential, 2015

"In Their Own Words: The Space Race", Audible Books

"Race Across Europe", Audible Books  (co-author)

"The Pacific War", Audible Books (co-author)

Misc articles and journals upon request





Created and taught "The Apollo Leadership Experience" for NASA/The Conference Board, an experiential program taught at the Johnson Space Center for C-suite executives. Attendees included executive teams from Ebay, Michelin, The Federal Reserve, NASA, and Conoco-Philips. 


Currently offering "Innovation the NASA Way: Translating NASA's Successes to Your Organization" training at multiple venues.




• Modern Marvels, The History Channel (Multiple episodes)

• Weapons at War, The History Channel (Multiple episodes)

• UFO Files, The History Channel

• Brute Force, The History Channel (Multiple episodes)

• Mars: 100 Years of Discovery, Discovery Communications

• Feng Shui Living, Veria TV (Multiple episodes)

• Side Effects: Modern Medicines and You, Veria TV (Multiple episodes)

More Upon Request


More Reviews:

For "Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission",  published by Random House, 2014:


"This book is a front-row ticket to a magnificent adventure. With his own boundless curiosity, keen eye for detail and and infectious enthusiasm, Rod Pyle takes you inside the world of the most advanced and ambitious mission to the red planet. It's a journey you won't want to miss."

—Andrew Chaikin, author of the bestselling "A Man on the Moon" and "A Passion for Mars"


“Nothing is more human than curiosity—looking around the next corner, the next mountain . . . the next planet. This sense of undaunted wonder is brought to life in Rod Pyle’s tour of our fascinating love affair with Mars.”
—David Brin, astronomer, NASA consultant, author of "Existence and The Postman"

"Pyle's own fascination with the high adventure of Mars exploration comes through in this highly approachable account of one of the most audacious scientific endeavors of all time."
—Mike Okuda, recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, 2009

“Reading Curiosity is like having a class with your favorite professor. Rod Pyle is passionate, is knowledgeable, and has a great sense of humor.”
—Pat Kilbane, comedic actor, MADtv, Seinfeld 


Many more available at

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