is a space and astronomy news website owned by Future. Its stories are often syndicated to other media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo!, and USA Today. as of 2006-10-19.png in October 2006
Type of site
News, astronomy
Available inEnglish
OwnerPurch (Future)
Created byLou Dobbs, Rich Zahradnik
Alexa rankIncrease 4,164 (June 2020)[1]
Commercialno[citation needed]
RegistrationNot required
LaunchedJuly 20, 1999; 21 years ago (1999-07-20)[2][3]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Current statusActive was founded by former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnik, in July 1999. At that time, Dobbs owned a sizeable share of the company, and, in an unexpected move, left CNN later that year to become's chief executive officer.[4] The move came as a surprise to many and was the source of intense media speculation.[citation needed]

The company struggled to turn a profit in its early days, and when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, many felt that it would collapse. Co-founder Rich Zahradnik had left his position as president less than two months after the start of the company; former astronaut Sally Ride took his place but then stepped down in September 2000. As it expanded, it acquired other web sites such as and It also acquired Sienna Software (the company which produced the Starry Night software) and Space News.[5] Despite some growth, was never able to achieve what Dobbs had hoped for and in 2001, he returned to CNN.[6] He remains on its board and still owns a minority stake. has enjoyed the participation of several key space-related public figures, Neil Armstrong, Alexei Leonov, Eugene A. Cernan, and Thomas Stafford.[citation needed] In 2003, for its coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, it received the Online Journalism Award for Breaking News by the Online News Association.[citation needed]

In May 2004,'s parent company changed its name from to Imaginova[citation needed] and in 2009 sold and other properties to Purch, an online publishing company.[7]

In 2018, and other Purch consumer brands were sold to Future.[8][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2020-06-18.
  2. ^ " - About Us and Our People". Retrieved 2016-07-12.
  3. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  4. ^ Auletta, Ken (2006-12-04). "MAD AS HELL: Lou Dobbs's populist crusade". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
  5. ^ "GANNETT ACQUIRES EQUITY STAKE IN – Editor & Publisher". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  6. ^ "Lou Dobbs to Step Down As CEO At SPACE.Com". 2001-04-10.
  7. ^ Alex Knapp (2014-07-17). " Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary". Forbes.
  8. ^ "UK-Based Future Acquires Purch for $132.5 Million". Folio. 2018-07-19. Retrieved 2018-12-18.
  9. ^ "". Future. Retrieved 2018-12-18.

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