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Type of site
News, astronomy
Available inEnglish
OwnerPurch (Future plc)
Created byLou Dobbs, Rich Zahradnik
RegistrationNot required
LaunchedJuly 20, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-07-20)[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Current statusActive is a space and astronomy news website owned by Future plc headquartered in Bath City, England. Its stories are often syndicated to other media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo!, and USA Today. was founded by former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and Rich Zahradnik in New York City 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.[3]

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 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.[4] Despite some growth, was never able to achieve what Dobbs had hoped for and in 2001, he returned to CNN.[5]

In May 2004,'s parent company changed its name from to Imaginova[] and in 2009 sold and other properties to Purch, an online publishing company.[6]

In 2018, and other Purch consumer brands were sold to Future.[7][8]

See also


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


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