The STG Team

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 →

✭ Favorite Planet: Venus
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Beach Lake, Chugiak, Alaska
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: either totality during the 2017 solar eclipse or Space Camp

Jacob Whitish, Operations & Tech

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.

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.

✭ Favorite Planet: Neptune
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Near Canyonlands National Park, Utah
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: the solar eclipse in 2017


Here are some of the great writing contributors we’ve worked with over the years.

Heide Brandes

✭ 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.

Read Heide’s latest story: Planning a Stargazing Trip in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Ander Dobo

✭ Favorite Planet: Mars
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: From the Cascades [in Washington] while out backpacking
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: Visiting the Griffith Observatory in LA.

Read Ander’s latest story: Viewing the Southern Lights in New Zealand

Megan Johnson

✭ 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!)

Read Megan’s latest story: Planning a Stargazing Trip to Bryce Canyon

Peder Halseide

✭ Favorite Planet: Earth. No, Jupiter. No, Earth. Definitely Earth. Or Mars.
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Somewhere between Moab, UT and Grand Junction, CO off of I-70
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: 2017 Solar Eclipse with my kids and friends on the border of Wyoming and Nebraska

Read Peder’s latest story: 9 Must-See Events in the Night Sky in June 2019

Charlie Gardiner

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✭ Favorite Planet: Saturn
✭ Favorite Stargazing Spot: Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain
✭ Best Space Tourism Experience: Visiting the UK’s national space centre

Read Charlie’s latest story: The 4 Best Astrophotography Cameras for Any Budget

Kay Rodriguez

Photo & bio coming soon!

Read Kay’s latest story: 29 Best Places to See the Northern Lights in Canada

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