Curious about the team behind Space Tourism Guide?
Read on to learn about our founders and the team of writers helping create these travel resources.
Valerie Stimac, Founder & Editor
Valerie is the founder and editor of Space Tourism Guide. She decided to start the site after realizing how many friends and family had never seen the Milky Way, and that space tourism was going to unlock the next great travel destination: space!
She helps the writing team cover all of the topics you see on the site, but her favorite topic right now is writing about how to see rocket launches around the world. Click here to email Valerie →
Jacob Whitish, Operations & Tech
✭ Favorite Planet: Neptune
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Near Canyonlands National Park, Utah
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: the solar eclipse in 2017
Jacob is the other half of Space Tourism Guide – and Valerie’s better half! He is responsible for the business operations and tech management for the website and Alexa skills. He also manages our non-writing team.
Like many people, he dreamed of going to space as a kid and was an ardent supporter of Valerie when she launched STG in 2017. He formally joined the company as a co-founder in 2019.
Read Heide’s latest story: Planning a Stargazing Trip in Virginia’s Blue Ridge
✭ Favorite Planet: Saturn (the flattest planet and 150 moons!)
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: My land near Jasper, Arkansas
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: The Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma runs a close second to stargazing in the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa.
✭ Favorite Planet: Mars
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: From the Cascades [in Washington] while out backpacking
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: Visiting the Griffith Observatory in LA.
✭ Favorite Planet: Venus
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Lake Powell, Utah
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: the Solar Eclipse in 2017 (even though I didn’t get to see it in totality!)