Ariel Waldman

Author, What's It Like in Space?
Human Spaceflight

Ariel Waldman makes “massively multiplayer science”, instigating unusual collaborations that spark clever creations for science and space exploration. Ariel is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the global director of Science Hack Day, a 20-countries-and-growing grassroots endeavor to make things with science. She is the author of What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There and the co-author of a congressionally-requested National Academy of Sciences study on the future of human spaceflight. She sits on the council for NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that nurtures radical, sci-fi-esque ideas that could transform future space missions. She is also a fellow at Institute for the Future. In 2013, Ariel received an honor from the White House for being a Champion of Change in citizen science.

My Sessions

History of the Future: What the 1970s Taught Us about Space Exploration

Main Stage

While the 1970s saw the last human to walk on the Moon, a sense of optimism abounded about our place in space and what the future might hold for us among the stars. From the launch of the twin Voyager probes to the Arecibo Message to space colony activism, young people (and old) were inspired […]


Ariel Waldman and Mary Roach: Life in Space!

Main Stage

We’re all obsessed with the glamour of space travel: the cool spacesuits, the EVAs, the awesome photos. But what’s it really like to be in space for extended periods? Join Ariel Waldman, author of the new book “What’s It Like In Space?: Stories From Astronauts Who’ve Been There”, along with Mary Roach, author of “Packing […]


Book Signing: Mary Roach, Ariel Waldman, & Charlie Jane Anders

Exploration Hall

Swing by the Booksmith table in the Exploration Hall to grab a signed copy of “Packing For Mars” by Mary Roach, “What’s It Like in Space?” by Ariel Waldman, and “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders.