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Space Leaders Featured in Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential List

Elon Musk and Cheering SpaceX Employees
SpaceX founder Elon Musk stands before cheering SpaceX employees at their Los Angeles facility following the successful launch of their Falcon 9 rocket on May 22, 2012. (Image credit: SpaceX)

In a year filled with asteroid flybys, a meteor explosion and new leaps forward in American commercial spaceflight, it only makes sense that the leaders in space innovation would be recognized for their efforts. Time Magazine prominently features two of those space leaders in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, released today (April 18).

Featured in the "titans" category, Elon Musk (the founder and creative mind behind SpaceX) is helping to make American commercial spaceflight a viable option now and in the future. So far, the billionaire mogul has already flown two successful unmanned missions to the International Space Station using the private spaceflight firm's Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 rocket. The two missions were part of a $1.6 billion deal SpaceX penned with NASA to fly a dozen missions hauling supplies and experiments to the space station. [The Most Influential Space Innovators (Countdown )]

Listed in the "pioneers" category, Don Yeomans is NASA's chief space rock hunter. He keeps an eye on the sky from the space agency's Near-Earth Object Program Office. In light of a meteor explosion over Chelyablinsk, Russia and the unrelated flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14 on Feb. 15, the public seems to be more aware of the threats posed by falling space rocks than ever before. According to Rusty Schweickart — the founder of the asteroid hunting B612 Foundation and the author of Yeomans' section in the magazine — Yeomans is "one of the reasons we can all sleep a little better at night."

You can read the full list on Time Magazine's website.

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Miriam Kramer
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Miriam Kramer joined as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.