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About collectSPACE

collectSPACE is a news publication and online community for space history enthusiasts and professionals. The site's readership includes curators and conservators, educators, authors and space memorabilia collectors.

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— Air & Space Magazine, citing archivist Allan Janus at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

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— Houston Chronicle

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About the founder and editor
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Robert Pearlman is a journalist and space historian.

His original "Ask An Astronaut" website preceded NASA's efforts to connect the public with the men and women who have flown in space. Later, as the online program director for the National Space Society, Pearlman led the redesign and expansion of the organization's online resources and website, including authoring the educational viewer's guide for Tom Hanks' award-winning HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon."

In 1997, Pearlman was recruited by Buzz Aldrin to develop the Apollo astronaut's first website. And in 1999, Pearlman co-founded the astronaut-endorsed, which subsequently was acquired by Pearlman was then hired by to manage the site's community projects.

Between 1998 and 2003, Pearlman was the on-air, online host for the National Space Day live webcast filmed at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

In 1996, Pearlman was hired by the space tourism firm Space Adventures as its marketing and publicity director.

Today, Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.

Pearlman is a contributing writer for, serves on the leadership board for For All Moonkind, he is a member of the American Astronautical Society's history committee, and serves as an advisor for The Mars Generation.

He is the co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space," published on Oct. 30, 2018 by Smithsonian Books.

He served as technical consultant on the 2013 movie "Space Warriors" with Mira Sorvino and Danny Glover and the 2018 Damien Chazelle film "First Man" with Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy. He served as historical consultant on the 2019 Todd Douglas Miller documentary "Apollo 11."

Pearlman has also appeared as a commentator on:

  • Strange Inheritance (Fox Business Network)

  • American Restoration (History Channel)

  • American Pickers (History Channel)

  • Mysteries at the Museum (Travel Channel)

  • Brad Meltzer's Lost History (H2)

  • Ancient Aliens (History Channel)

  • NASA's Unexplained Files (Science Channel)

Pearlman previously served on the boards of the National Space Society and U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation. He is also a former national chair for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

In 2001, his work on collectSPACE earned Pearlman the Collector of the Year Award from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC).

In 2009, Pearlman was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History. In 2023, the National Space Club Florida Committee recognized Pearlman with the Kolcum News and Communications Award for excellence in telling the space story along the Space Coast and throughout the world.

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