March 24, 2023

About Us

About Us
About UsAbout Us 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 you’ll find something amazing every day.

Our Mission

To provide an amazing journey celebrating space exploration, innovation and discovery.

Our History 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, was 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,’s parent company changed its name from Space Holdings to Imaginova. In 2009, was acquired by Tech Media Network, later called Purch. In 2018, Future plc acquired’s parent company Purch. is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists.

Who we are

Sarah Rafati Howard, Managing Director

Gemma Lavender, Content Director

Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief (

Mike Wall, Spaceflight/Tech Channel Editor (

Meghan Bartels, Astronomy Channel Editor (

Jason Parnell-Brookes, Cameras & Skywatching Channel Editor (

Ian Stokes, Toys & Tech Channel Editor (

Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer (

Tereza Pultarova, Senior Writer (

Daisy Dobrijevic, Reference Writer (

Alexander Cox, Staff Writer, E-commerce (

Steve Spaleta, Senior Video Producer (

Tariq Malik

Tariq Malik

Responsible for’s editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the 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’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, 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.

Mike Wall

Michael Wall

Michael Wall joined in 2010 as a senior writer reporting on Mars exploration, exoplanet discoveries, astrophysics and space technology. For, 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, Mike was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and interned with, 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.

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Meghan Bartels

Meghan is a science journalist based in New York City. She joined in July 2018, with previous writing published in outlets including Newsweek and Audubon.

Meghan earned an MA in science journalism from New York University and a BA in classics from Georgetown University, and in her free time she enjoys reading and visiting museums.

Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd first joined as an intern in the summer of 2018 and became a staff writer in 2019. 

After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History. Chelsea has written for publications including Futurism, Jungles in Paris, Outer Places, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. 

When not writing, reading or following the latest science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music, singing, playing guitar and performing with her band Foxanne.

Tereza Pultarova

Tereza Pultarova

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,, Professional Engineering, Via Satellite and Space News and served as a maternity cover science editor at the European Space Agency.

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Daisy Dobrijevic

Daisy Dobrijevic joined 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.

Alexander Cox

Alexander Cox

Alex joined 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.

Steve Spaleta

Steve Spaleta

Since 2007, Steven Spaleta has produced and edited space, science and entertainment-related videos for 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’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 team? We occasionally have full-time staff openings available and if you’re interesting in learning more, please visit and search for 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 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 via the address below. c/o Tariq Malik
130 W. 42nd Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036

You can also reach us at the following phone number: NYC office: +1 (212) 378-0400

Email: If you have any questions, concerns or feedback regarding our contact, please feel free to contact us at:

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