"Why the moon's south pole may be the hottest destination in space," coverage by National Geographic, May 9, 2019, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven A. Mirmina.
B.A., Brandeis University; J.D., University of Connecticut; LL.M., Leiden University; LL.M., Georgetown
Professor Mirmina has worked as an attorney at NASA since 1999 in the International Law division of the Office of the General Counsel. Professor Mirmina has helped negotiate and conclude more than one thousand international agreements for missions across all NASA Mission Directorates, including activities ranging from human space flight and Mars exploration, to Earth science missions and aeronautics research.
From 2008 through 2009, Professor Mirmina served as Lead Counsel for NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate, which oversees various NASA programs, including the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and the Astronaut corps. Additionally, Professor Mirmina is also the lead attorney for NASA’s telecommunications issues, including use of radiofrequency spectrum, the Deep Space Network, and the TDRSS satellite system.
Before joining NASA, he was an associate in the Aviation Law practice group of Crowell & Moring.
Professor Mirmina received his first LL.M. degree with honors from Leiden University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands in 1993, and his second LL.M. with honors from Georgetown in 2006. He received his Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1992, and his B.A. with honors from Brandeis University in 1989.
Professor Mirmina has spoken widely and authored numerous articles in the fields of international air and space law. He has received awards from both NASA and the White House for exceptional and distinguished service to the government. Professor Mirmina is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C., and he is a member of Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
"What's Happening in Space Policy January 20-26, 2019", coverage by Space Policy Online, Janurary 20, 2019, featuring Adjunct Professor Steven A. Mirmina.
"Elon Musk’s ‘Starman’: Is it Really Legal for Billionaires to Launch Their Roadsters into Space?," an opinion piece by Adjunct Professor Steven A. Mirmina, appearing in the Harvard Law Review Blog, April 11, 2018.
"Space Law 2.0," coverage by NPR's Life of the Law, November 24, 2015, quoting Adjunct Professor Steven Mirmina.