Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist and author with a passion for telling the stories of people involved in space exploration and astronomy. She has been with Universe Today since 2004 and also writes for Ad Astra.
Her new book on the Apollo program is titled “Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions” and shares the untold stories of engineers and scientists who helped make the Apollo program so successful. The book comes out just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the first to land on the Moon. Her first book, “Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos,” tells the stories of 37 scientists and engineers that work on several current NASA robotic missions to explore the solar system and beyond.
Atkinson was the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast from 2009-2014 (now SSERVI), was part of the production team for Astronomy Cast from 2008-2015, and worked with the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast where she was project manager from 2009-2011. She also wrote for Seeker and has articles published on New Scientist, Wired.com, Space.com, NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine, Space Times Magazine and several newspapers in the Midwest.
In 2010, Atkinson was awarded the New Horizons Traveling Fellowship by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
Atkinson is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and through this program, she has the opportunity to share her passion for space and astronomy with children and adults through presentations and programs.