Posted on Jul 28, 2008 | 36 Comments


I just wanted to make a brief announcement on what’s new in my world. Beginning today, I’m working full-time under the CoLab program at NASA! A bit about what CoLab is:

NASA CoLab serves as an advisor and consultant to groups within NASA, building direct and open collaborations between the public, and NASA scientists and engineers. We use technology to facilitate public contributions to NASA activities, programs and missions.

I’m very excited to work with such a talented team on projects that have a ton of potential.

FYI, I will continue to serve as Pownce’s community manager as well as keep up with my current writing projects with this new position.

Have a great rest of the week!


  1. Tantek
    July 28, 2008

    Congratulations Ariel! Working for NASA is a superb opportunity, and working with awesome folks like Jessy and Robbie make it that much better.

  2. C.C. Chapman
    July 28, 2008

    Congrats! Sounds like a very cool opportunity for you.

  3. kury
    July 28, 2008

    They need you to think up a good way to tell the geek masses about the whole alien thing they have been covering up with out everyone hating them.

    Good Luck!,,24069817-5001021,00.html


  4. Clintus
    July 28, 2008

    Wow! That is awesome, congrats. Look forward to hearing more about it once you have started.

  5. Vincent
    July 28, 2008

    Sounds like a great job. Hope you’ll have a blast!

  6. hillary hartley
    July 28, 2008

    congrats, ariel. COLAB is a fantastic model for how government entities can collaborate and communicate with the public. hoping to see more of this!

  7. Charlie Anzman
    July 28, 2008

    Hey Ariel … Was just browsing your blog this morning and looking at a some cool pics of you and Veronica on Flickr … Great stuff. Best of luck in the new pos. (You at NASA … hmmm …. maybe try to keep your feet on the ground … he :)

  8. tyler
    July 28, 2008

    so, are we going to see a blog called “art, advertising, sex + technology…IN SPACE” anytime soon?

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  10. Patchchord
    July 28, 2008

    Well, it ain’t rocket science…no…wait…shit, it is. NICELY DONE AND CONGRATS!

  11. Gavin Heaton
    July 28, 2008

    Nice one! Congrats on the new gig.

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    July 28, 2008


  13. Enric
    July 28, 2008

    Great news, Ariel! Look forward to see how Collab connects people to NASA.

  14. Silona
    July 28, 2008

    Hey that is seriously nifty! Congrats!

  15. Tim
    July 28, 2008

    Wow! AWESOME NEWS! When I worked at Moffit field with the Nasa/Ames folks- they were such an awesome and inspiring bunch of people to work with, and i’m so happy you scored such a great sounding gig! I”m looking forward to seeing what comes next :)

  16. Marc Nathan
    July 28, 2008

    Congrats on the new gig. My office works very closely with NASA in Houston to help commercialize technologies coming out of Johnson Space Center. We have been tracking the development of CoLab since the first WIRED article. I’m very excited to see that they’re acting like they’re serious by hiring and experienced and connected Community Manager like you. If there’s anything we can do to help – email me or DM me @marc1919

  17. ryan king
    July 28, 2008

    moon rocks or it didn’t happen.

  18. ryan king
    July 28, 2008

    ps – congrats!

  19. Brian G
    July 28, 2008

    congratulations Ariel!! Sounds like a very exciting opportunity :)

  20. ppmartin
    July 28, 2008

    Congratulations, Ariel. That is a “high flying” responsibility which will no doubt provide you with a lot of “space” to apply your talent ;)

  21. Heidi Cool
    July 28, 2008

    Congratulations! Sounds like a superb opportunity.

  22. Jenn Vargas
    July 28, 2008

    Congrats, Ariel! That sounds awesome!! :P Good luck!

  23. tomiwk
    July 28, 2008

    congrats Ariel!!! I guess you are now living the dream of many of your followers!! me included!!

  24. robert
    July 28, 2008

    Maybe NASA, is being run by intelligent people after all, congratulations and good luck.

  25. Amy Worley
    July 29, 2008

    This sounds like a dream! That is so super cool. Good luck!

  26. JohnG
    July 29, 2008

    Sounds like a cool job connecting people to NASA. Do you know of other jobs like this one? I would love to do this kind of work.!!!

  27. Tayo
    July 29, 2008

    What an awesome job! We already thought you were cool but you just took it up a notch. Congratulations!

  28. Ariel Waldman
    August 3, 2008

    Thanks everyone for the congrats and good luck wishes! :)

  29. Richard Galbraith
    August 6, 2008

    sounds very cool, looking forward to finding out how i can communicate ideas to nasa :D

  30. Scott Bower
    August 7, 2008

    NASA? OMG!

    I went to all the Space Camp things in Huntsville growing up over the summers. My only goal was to work for NASA… and then I discovered punk music as a teenager and somehow ended up in Kansas City for awhile.

    What a fascinating way to get into NASA. You will have to open up a socket to the Mars Rover for us while you are playing around on the internal servers.

    Good Luck Ariel, that is about the coolest job in the world. Our out of this world (har har). Can’t wait to see posts about it. NASA has done a really good job of opening themselves up to the general public via the web.

  31. Jayson
    August 8, 2008

    Congratulations this is big…Good Luck.

  32. sean808080
    September 4, 2008

    i’ve been following you on twitter and have to say you’re quite the impressive one. mazeltov on the NASA gig!

  33. dimitris
    September 9, 2008

    Congrats! Let us know how you can juggle yet another job in your busy schedule…:)

  34. Giannii
    September 12, 2008

    Congrats Ariel and it was a pleasure meeting you briefly the other eve!

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  36. Bill Whetstone
    October 21, 2009

    The range of Your Talents really stun me. Hooray for NASA. Are you tracking Google’s Moon Project? Congrats and good luck. Hope to get your updates.
    All the Best.