Nancy Atkinson is a science journalist who writes mainly about space exploration and astronomy and is an editor and writer for Universe Today.
She 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 has articles published on Wired.com, Space.com, NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine, Space Times Magazine, and several newspapers in the Midwest.
Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and through this program, she has the opportunity to share her passion of space and astronomy with children and adults through presentations and programs.
Education has always played a major role in Nancy’s work. At the Science Museum of Minnesota (2000-2001), she was the lead teacher for a space shuttle simulation program, using a 1/3 actual size inflatable space shuttle. Nancy brought the shuttle to schools, doing week-long educational programs and space mission simulations. She developed and taught other educational programs at the museum as well. Later, she worked at a library and was able to provide professional development for librarians through workshops and an online learning module on how to incorporate space and science programs at libraries. Nancy views her writing as another way to educate and inform people about the wonders of space exploration and science.
Nancy received a BA in English with an emphasis in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Nancy grew up in North Dakota, and lives in Minnesota. She and her husband have three sons.
The longtime editor of outstanding online space news source Universe Today has just written about nine robotic missions of exploration in "Incredible Stories From Space: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos."