Columnist Leonard David

Look Ahead on Back to the Future Day!

White House Back to the Future Day Graphic
The White House released this graphic promoting Back to the Future Day, Oct. 21, 2015. (Image credit: The White House/Office of Digital Strategy)

Today, the White House is marking "Back to the Future Day" with a series of conversations with innovators across the country.

As part of the day, the White House requests your participation by asking you to take a visionary leap into the future by asking:

"You Tell Us: What Does 2045 Look Like?"

No roads required?

The White House site says "Get excited, and remember: Where we're going, we don't need roads," but adds: "Just kidding. We definitely do. And by the way, Congress should fund them."

Back to the Future Day centers on the date (Oct. 21, 2015) to which Marty McFly traveled into the "future" in "Back to the Future Part II."

"We've come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we’re going to talk about where we’re going in the next 30," notes Lindsay Holst, Director of Digital Content for the Office of Digital Strategy in the White House.

What does the space future hold? (Image credit: TransAstra)

To offer your views and to monitor the Back to the Future Day activities, go to:

Leonard David has been reporting on the space industry for more than five decades. He is former director of research for the National Commission on Space and is co-author of Buzz Aldrin's 2013 book "Mission to Mars – My Vision for Space Exploration" published by National Geographic with a new updated paperback version released in May 2015. Follow us @SpacedotcomFacebook or Google+. Published on

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Leonard David
Space Insider Columnist

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He has received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.