Amy Shira Teitel (born in Toronto, lives in Pasadena with her cat Pete Conrad) has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, her second grade project was on Venus and since then hasn’t stopped accumulating knowledge on the Apollo program and all of Space history.
She has a Bachelor’s degree with combined honours in History of Science & Technology and Classics. Amy also has a Masters degree in Science &Technology Studies. Her MA thesis was on the Gemini-Rogallo wing (considered as a candidate recovery system for the Apollo spacecraft). She will happily show you the tattoo to illustrate what that looked like. This allure for space caused her to start the “Vintage Space” blog.
Soon after was became a science writer with a solid focus on spaceflight history. She has written for such as: Nerdist, Motherboard, Discovery News Space, Universe Today, BBC Science Focus, Time Magazine, Discover Magazine and Scientific American. She does talks and appearances that you can find on her website here.
Her blog spawned in a YouTube channel, also call “Vintage Space”. These episodes are excellent with subjects such as: America Spying with Corona Satellites, Remembering Chuck Yeager, Not faking the Moon Landing, Apollo missions, What it takes to be an Astronaut, Saturn V, Lunar Module, Gemini Program, Mercury missions and much more.
She has made many TV appearances on shows such as: Spacing Out!, Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed, Impossible Engineering, America: Facts and Fiction, Mysteries at the Museum, NASA’s Unexplained Files, The Apollo Chronicles, The UnXplained and Ancient Aliens.
She has written three books, so far, which are: Breaking the Chains of Gravity – Bloomsbury 2015 (the story of spaceflight before NASA), Apollo Pilot- University of Nebraska Press 2016 (she wrote the historical overview for The Memoir of Astronaut Donn Eisele) and Fighting For Space – Grand Central Publishing 2020 (the story of the female pilots who each dreamed of being the first American women in space). She also loves early aviation, early technological evolutions, and mid-century America, punk rock, boxing, bowling, old movies, thinks fashion can be immensely powerful, and still plays her Super Nintendo.