About "The Year In Space"
I published the first edition of the Desk Calendar in 1993. Back then it was called the Astronomy & Space Weekly Calendar, but in 1999 I changed the name to The Year In Space. The large-format Wall Calendar made its debut in 2012.
Starry Messenger Press is a very small business; in fact, it's just me. Advances in computers, the internet, and the publishing industry have made it possible for me to create high-quality calendars that are on a par with those published by much larger publishing firms. Because I keep the overhead low (and I do mean low - I have an office in my basement!), I can afford to continue offering The Year In Space at a very low price compared to similar products.
I write and/or edit the captions, select and optimize the images, collect the space facts and sky information, and do all the layout work myself. I'm also responsible for the website, weekly e-mail newsletter, Facebook page and Twitter account.
When I published my first calendar in 1993, I sent a copy to fellow Ithacan Carl Sagan. He was kind enough to write me a letter stating how much he liked the calendar, and he even requested a few additional copies. His encouraging words were a powerful affirmation that continue to motivate me in this publishing adventure.
I'm very fortunate to be able to earn a living by sharing my passion for astronomy and space exploration. I hope you enjoy this site and these calendars as much as I enjoy bringing them to you.