Amy Shira Teitel
I'm a spaceflight historian, author, blogger, YouTuber, host, writer, podcaster... basically a professional space history nerd!
The short version of how I got here... I started blogging in November 2010; I'd just finished my Master's degree and was trying to find a non-academic way to be engaged in the space history that I loved. The blog took off. Within months my blog articles were being reposted on major websites, and that led to me writing directly for real sites. This spiralled as one website after another picked up my articles and eventually ask me to write original content. I've written for Discovery News Space, Motherboard, Al Jazeera English, Nerdist, the Guardian, and Universe Today among many other sites.
Blogging turned into writing. My first book, Breaking the Chains of Gravity, was released in 2015!
My foray into vlogging followed a similar path. I started making videos to go hand-in-hand with blog posts, which helped me get the attention of DNews, a job that has helped me grow as a host and learn a lot about making better video content. Getting better on camera has led to a handful of TV appearances; so far I've appeared on the Science Channel, American Heroes Channel, Syfy, the Travel Channel, and more!
I'm also a cat-mom to Pete Conrad, named for the commander of Apollo 12, who many of you might recognize from my videos and Instagram pictures!