Robert Z. Pearlman Biography

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Robert Z. Pearlman

 

Robert Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.com; the first website dedicated to providing resources for space memorabilia collectors. An internationally recognized web author and designer, Pearlman is responsible for some of the most popular space-related websites. His first website, the “Space, Planetary, and Astronomical Cyber-Experience” (S.P.A.C.E.) was nationally promoted as one of the first to demonstrate the “new” features of Netscape 2.0 (including frames, JavaScript, and web animation). It was selected by the National Space Society (NSS) as its official online index. Pearlman also established “Ask An Astronaut,”, the only online forum offering the public direct access to the men and women whom have flown into space. The site regularly received tens of thousands of questions and was awarded with over thirty commendations for design and content, including Kid Site of the Year (1996).

In 1999, Pearlman helped establish Starport.com, a comprehensive Web site dedicated to advancing space exploration through interactive experiences, public access to astronauts and cosmonauts, and space-related information and merchandise. Prior to co-founding Starport.com, Pearlman was hired by the National Space Society in 1996 as their Director of Online Programs. His work led to the NSS website being recognized as one of the leading space resources on the Internet. Pearlman also developed joint NSS online projects with the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and NASA. In 1997, Pearlman worked with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin to create his personal website. The site featured exclusive information about Aldrin’s novel Encounter With Tiber as well as his ideas for the future of manned space exploration.

In addition, Pearlman has worked with SPACE.com, TIME magazine, PEOPLE magazine, LIFE magazine, Yahoo.com, Paramount Pictures and the Home Box Office (HBO).  His work has been reviewed in USA Today, New York Times Magazine, Wired magazine, and on CNN.  He currently serves on the Advisory Boards for National Space Day and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS).

 

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