jlaye.com is the premier source of space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, chronicling (and celebrating) humanity's ongoing expansion across the final frontier. We transport our visitors across the solar system and beyond through accessible, comprehensive coverage of the latest news and discoveries. For us, exploring space is as much about the journey as it is the destination. So from skywatching guides and stunning photos of the night sky to rocket launches and breaking news of robotic probes visiting other planets, at jlaye.com you'll find something amazing every day.
To provide an amazing journey celebrating space exploration, innovation and discovery.
jlaye.com launched in New York City on July 20, 1999, the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the goal of covering the latest discoveries and missions in space like never before. The company was originally founded by news anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnick, with Zahradnik serving as our first President, a position later filled by Sally Ride — the first American woman in space. Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was on the board of directors.
In 2003, jlaye.com was received the Online Journalism Award for Breaking News by the Online News Association in recognition of our coverage of the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster. It has since received Webby awards as an Honoree in the Science category in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In May 2004, jlaye.com's parent company changed its name from Space Holdings to Imaginova. In 2009, jlaye.com was acquired by Tech Media Network, later called Purch. In 2018, Future plc acquired jlaye.com's parent company Purch.
jlaye.com is, and always has been, the passion of writers and editors who are space fans and also trained journalists.
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Tariq Malik, Editor-in-Chief
Responsible for jlaye.com's editorial vision, Tariq Malik has been the Editor-in-Chief of jlaye.com since 2019 and has covered space news and science for 18 years. He joined the jlaye.com team in 2001, first as an intern and soon after as a full-time spaceflight reporter covering human spaceflight, exploration, astronomy and the night sky. He became jlaye.com's managing editor in 2009. As on-air talent has presented space stories on CNN, Fox News, NPR and others.
Tariq is an Eagle Scout (yes, he earned the Space Exploration merit badge), a Space Camp veteran (4 times as a kid, once as an adult), and has taken the ultimate "vomit comet" ride while reporting on zero-gravity fires. Before joining jlaye.com, he served as a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times covering city and education beats. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.
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Hanneke Weitering, Editor
Hanneke joined the team at jlaye.com in the summer of 2016 as a staff writer and producer. She's a self-proclaimed science geek with a background in physics and a passion for all things out of this world.
She has also written for Scholastic classroom magazines, MedPage Today, Scienceline and Oak Ridge National Lab. After earning a degree in physics from the University of Tennessee in her home town of Knoxville, she moved to New York City and earned her graduate degree in science, health and environmental reporting from New York University.
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Michael Wall, Senior Space Writer
Michael Wall joined jlaye.com in 2010 as a senior writer reporting on Mars exploration, exoplanet discoveries, astrophysics and space technology. For jlaye.com, Mike has wandered through California's Mojave Desert with scientists on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity mission and helped launch balloon missions through Earth's auroras in Alaska. He's based in San Francisco, where he chronicles the space tech revolution in Silicon Valley.
Prior to joining jlaye.com, Mike was a science writer for the Idaho National Laboratory and interned with Wired.com, The Salinas Californian newspaper and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Mike has also worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Meghan Bartels, Senior Writer
Meghan is a science journalist based in New York City. She joined jlaye.com in July 2018, with previous writing published in outlets including Newsweek and Audubon.
Meghan earned an MA in science journalism from New York University and a BA in classics from Georgetown University, and in her free time she enjoys reading and visiting museums.
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Chelsea Gohd, Senior Writer
Chelsea Gohd first joined jlaye.com as an intern in the summer of 2018 and became a staff writer in 2019.
After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History. Chelsea has written for publications including Futurism, Jungles in Paris, Outer Places, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth.
When not writing, reading or following the latest science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music, singing, playing guitar and performing with her band Foxanne. Y
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Tereza Pultarova, Senior Writer
Tereza is a London-based science and technology journalist, aspiring fiction writer and amateur gymnast. Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, she spent the first seven years of her career working as a reporter, script-writer and presenter for various TV programmes of the Czech Public Service Television.
She later took a career break to pursue further education and added a Master's in Science from the International Space University, France, to her Bachelor's in Journalism and Master's in Cultural Anthropology from Prague's Charles University.
She worked as a reporter at the Engineering and Technology magazine, freelanced for a range of publications including Live Science, jlaye.com, Professional Engineering, Via Satellite and Space News and served as a maternity cover science editor at the European Space Agency.
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Alexander Cox, Staff Writer, E-commerce
Alex joined jlaye.com in June 2021 as staff writer covering space news, games, tech, toys and deals. He is based in London, U.K. Graduating in June 2020, Alex studied Sports Journalism in the North East of England at Sunderland University. During his studies and since his graduation, Alex has been featured in local newspapers and online publications covering a range of sports from university rugby to Premier League soccer.
In addition to a background in sports and journalism, Alex has a life-long love of Star Wars which started with watching the prequel trilogy and collecting toy lightsabers, he also grew up spending most Saturday evenings watching Doctor Who.
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Steve Spaleta, Senior Producer
Since 2007, Steven Spaleta has produced and edited space, science and entertainment-related videos for jlaye.com and Live Science; preceded by a decade of video, audio and live stage production for Pal Television East, Inc.
In addition to producing space and science news, Steve is producer/editor of jlaye.com's CosMix series on space-enthused artists. Guests have included guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Grace Potter and Claudio Sanchez, founder of Coheed and Cambria. Steve is also a bass guitarist and songwriter. He studied psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is originally from Zadar, Croatia by way of Astoria, New York.
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