at 20: A Letter (and Thank You!) from the Editor

A tryptic of posters celebrate NASA's, Apollo's and's big anniversaries this year. You can download them for free online.
A tryptic of posters celebrate NASA's, Apollo's and's big anniversaries this year. You can download them for free online. (Image credit: Melanie Lambrick/

With NASA (and, indeed, the world) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing today, we've got a little celebration of our own at Twenty years ago today, on July 20, 1999, went live for the very first time. 

That's right, we're 20 years old!

Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton was president of the United States and it had been 30 years since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made their epic Apollo 11 moonshot. The space shuttle was the world's only reusable spacecraft. 

Today, we have private space planes and spacecraft (from Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, etc.) and reusable rocket ships (SpaceX and Blue Origin). Meanwhile, the International Space Station continues its role as humanity's foothold in orbit as the Hubble Space Telescope, Mars rover Curiosity and countless other robotic missions keep extending our reach across the final frontier with every passing day (or Sol if you're on the Red Planet).

Here's 3 Free Posters for NASA's Apollo 11 Anniversary (and, Too!)

Tariq Malik, Editor in Chief (Image credit: Lips)

There have been tragedies, too, as we mourned those lost on NASA's Columbia and Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise, as well as in the pursuit of spaceflight. And while humanity may not be as far in space as we at would like (like Mars, for example), you have to admit: It's an exciting time to be space fan. 

NASA is now aiming to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, and private spacecraft from SpaceX, Boeing, Blue Origin, Virgin Galactic and others seem truly poised to begin regular tourist and crew flights to space. It seems the Space Age future of science fiction is closer than ever. 

And at, we're both thrilled and thankful. 

Thrilled because it feels like the world is poised on another giant leap in space, one fueled by both government agencies and private companies, that would lead to another Apollo 11-like moment. And because today, the public has more access to space than ever before. Astronaut photos, videos from space, even the sounds of Mars, can be found with just a click in a way we only hoped for when the lights went on at 

We're thankful because of you, the reader. Your passion, dedication and thirst for everything space is what KEEPS the lights on It allows our team to pursue the research, interviews, conferences and launches to bring you something amazing every day. And for that we thank you. It's been a blast. 

Full disclosure: Twenty years ago, I was not at When this site was founded by news anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnick (Neil Armstrong was on our board), I was completing a degree in Print Journalism (I liked newspapers, still do!) with a minor in Astronomy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. But, it turns out, I was still writing about space. 

By sheer coincidence, my first space story was about the 30th anniversary of Apollo 11 and Buzz Aldrin, who put his moon boot print in cement at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda to mark the occasion. Since I first joined in 2001, I've seen so much more: rockets and astronauts leaving Earth and returning, too; cars landing on Mars and scaling mountains; spacecraft visiting the edge of the solar system as others leave it altogether. 

I even met Elmo at a shuttle launch. Twice

What an amazing 20 years it's been. I can only imagine what the next 20 years will bring, and what my 10-year-old daughter (who's seen two launches and built a Saturn V rocket and Lunar Lander) will have seen by then. 

Thank you for helping make it all happen as we tell humanity's space story. 

And don't forget: Keep looking up!


Tariq Malik Editor in Chief

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Tariq Malik

Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of and joined the team in 2001, first as an intern and staff writer, and later as an editor. He covers human spaceflight, exploration and space science, as well as skywatching and entertainment. He became's Managing Editor in 2009 and Editor-in-Chief in 2019. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. In October 2022, Tariq received the Harry Kolcum Award for excellence in space reporting from the National Space Club Florida Committee. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. You can find Tariq at and as the co-host to the This Week In Space podcast with space historian Rod Pyle on the TWiT network. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Twitter @tariqjmalik.