Space.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. We transport our visitors across the solar system and beyond through accessible, comprehensive coverage of the latest news and discoveries. For us, exploring space is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So from skywatching guides and stunning photos of the night sky to rocket launches and breaking news of robotic probes visiting other planets, at Space.com you'll find something amazing every day.
To provide an amazing journey celebrating space exploration, innovation and discovery.
Space.com launched in New York City on July 20, 1999, the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the goal of covering the latest discoveries and missions in space like never before. The company was originally founded by news anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnick, with Zahradnik serving as our first President, a position later filled by Sally Ride — the first American woman in space. Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was on the board of directors.
In 2003, Space.com received the Online Journalism Award for Breaking News by the Online News Association in recognition of our coverage of the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster. It has since received Webby awards as an Honoree in the Science category in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In May 2004, Space.com's parent company changed its name from Space Holdings to Imaginova. In 2009, Space.com was acquired by Tech Media Network, later called Purch.
In 2018, Future plc acquired Space.com's parent company Purch. As part of Future, Space.com has expanded its news and reviews team across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for wider spaceflight and astronomy coverage. We've also grown to offer additional telescopes, binoculars and astrophotography reviews and deals coverage alongside our tech, gaming and sci-fi streaming coverage.
Space.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists.
Who we are
Chris Kerwin, Managing Director
Andy Hartup, Content Director
Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brett Tingley, Editor (email@example.com)
Mike Wall, Spaceflight/Tech Channel Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jason Parnell-Brookes, Cameras & Skywatching Channel Editor (email@example.com)
Ian Stokes, Toys & Tech Channel Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tereza Pultarova, Senior Writer (email@example.com)
Elizabeth Howell, Staff Writer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Daisy Dobrijevic, Senior Reference Writer (email@example.com)
Alexander Cox, Staff Writer, E-commerce (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steve Spaleta, Senior Video Producer (email@example.com)
Responsible for Space.com's editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of Space.com since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the Space.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became Space.com's managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate "vomit comet" ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining Space.com, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.
Brett is a science and technology journalist who is curious about emerging concepts in spaceflight, aerospace, and robotics. Brett's work has appeared on The War Zone at TheDrive.com, Popular Science, the History Channel, Science Discovery, and more. Brett obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his free time, Brett is a working musician, a hobbyist electronics engineer and cosplayer, an avid LEGO fan, and enjoys hiking and camping throughout the Appalachian Mountains with his wife and two children.
Michael Wall joined Space.com in 2010 as a senior writer reporting on Mars exploration, exoplanet discoveries, astrophysics and space technology. For Space.com, Mike has wandered through California's Mojave Desert with scientists on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity mission and helped launch balloon missions through Earth's auroras in Alaska. He's based in San Francisco, where he chronicles the space tech revolution in Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining Space.com, Mike was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and interned with Wired.com, The Salinas Californian newspaper and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Mike has also worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jason Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. He won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19, and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014.
A Masters graduate and qualified teacher, Jason has a wealth of experience in a variety of photographic disciplines from astrophotography and wildlife to fashion and portraiture.
With a degree in biology, a PhD in chemistry, and his previous role at Institute of Physics Publishing, Ian is taking a world tour through the different scientific disciplines. He's seeing how long they let him keep this profile photo.
Tereza is a London-based science and technology journalist, aspiring fiction writer and amateur gymnast. Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, she spent the first seven years of her career working as a reporter, script-writer and presenter for various TV programmes of the Czech Public Service Television.
She later took a career break to pursue further education and added a Master's in Science from the International Space University, France, to her Bachelor's in Journalism and Master's in Cultural Anthropology from Prague's Charles University.
She worked as a reporter at the Engineering and Technology magazine, freelanced for a range of publications including Live Science, Space.com, Professional Engineering, Via Satellite and Space News and served as a maternity cover science editor at the European Space Agency.
Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.
Daisy Dobrijevic joined Space.com in February 2022 as a reference writer having previously worked for our sister publication All About Space magazine as a staff writer. Before joining us, Daisy completed an editorial internship with the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and worked at the National Space Centre in Leicester, U.K., where she enjoyed communicating space science to the public. In 2021, Daisy completed a PhD in plant physiology and also holds a Master's in Environmental Science, she is currently based in Nottingham, U.K.
Alex joined Space.com in June 2021 as staff writer covering space news, games, tech, toys and deals. He is based in London, U.K. Graduating in June 2020, Alex studied Sports Journalism in the North East of England at Sunderland University. During his studies and since his graduation, Alex has been featured in local newspapers and online publications covering a range of sports from university rugby to Premier League soccer.
In addition to a background in sports and journalism, Alex has a life-long love of Star Wars which started with watching the prequel trilogy and collecting toy lightsabers, he also grew up spending most Saturday evenings watching Doctor Who.
Since 2007, Steven Spaleta has produced and edited space, science and entertainment-related videos for Space.com and Live Science; preceded by a decade of video, audio and live stage production for Pal Television East, Inc.
In addition to producing space and science news, Steve is producer/editor of Space.com's CosMix series on space-enthused artists. Guests have included guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Grace Potter and Claudio Sanchez, founder of Coheed and Cambria. Steve is also a bass guitarist and songwriter. He studied psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is originally from Zadar, Croatia by way of Astoria, New York.
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Join the team
Want to join the Space.com team? We occasionally have full-time staff openings available and if you're interesting in learning more, please visit https://apply.workable.com/futureplc/ and search for Space.com for any available positions.
If you're interested in working with us as a freelancer, or you have a story you'd like to pitch, you can reach out to the Channel Editors and Editor-in-Chief listed above. Pitches can be sent by email, with "Freelance Pitch" listed clearly in subject line and an outline of the story, contacts and images/media to be used.
How to contact us
Space.com is based out of Future PLC's New York Office with editors, reporters and freelancers located around the world. Here's how to contact us by mail and email.
Mailing Address, phone and email
Mailing address: Physical mail can be sent to Space.com c/o Tariq Malik via the address below.
Future US LLC
130 West 42nd Street
Phone: You can reach us at the following phone number
Space.com/Future NYC office: +1 (212) 378-0400
You can learn more about Future PLC here.
Advertising and Licensing contacts
If you're interested in advertising with Space.com, please visit our main How to advertise with Space.com page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to Space.com?
Space.com was founded in July 1999 under the parent company Space Holdings, which was renamed Imaginova Corp. in May 2004. In 2009, Space.com and other Imaginova titles were acquired by the company TopTenReviews, which ultimately was renamed Purch. Space.com (and much of Purch's consumer media division) were acquired by Future plc in 2018, where Space.com continues to this day.
Is Space.com free?
Yes. Space.com is free to read online via desktop or mobile devices. We also syndicate our content to partners like MSN, Apple News and Yahoo, as well as Flipboard and other outlets.
How does Space.com make money?
Space.com makes revenue from advertising on the site, as well as through paid sponsored content and advertorials (which are labeled as such), and affiliate links to products and services on retailer sites in which we may receive compensation if a reader clicks on those links or make purchases.
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Space.com is an independent space news publication and no outside party determines what stories we run, companies we cover or skywatching and space-themed products we review.
Affiliate & Advertising disclosure
We always aim to provide unbiased editorial created by our journalists and writers. We also need to pay our teams and website costs so we make money in a number of ways. We sometimes use affiliate links to products and services on retailer sites for which we can receive compensation if you click on those links or make purchases through them. From time to time we also publish advertorials (paid-for editorial content) and sponsored content on the site. When this is the case the content is clearly marked as sponsored or promoted, so you’ll always know which content is editorial and which is not. Future PLC is our parent company and has an in-depth terms and conditions page with a lot more information that you can read right here.
Space.com is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism.
If you think that we have not met those standards and want to make a complaint please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit www.ipso.co.uk.