Welcome to Pillownaut.com!

My name is Heather; I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California.  I love books, museums, NHL hockey, and traveling to various cultures.

My heroes include Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Susan B. Anthony, Carl Sagan, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Starting in 2008, I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being employed by our nation's space program for Flight Simulation Research.  

After a rigorous screening process, I was invited to NASA for a Micro-Gravity Study, the following year for a Lunar Gravity Study, and also finally a Hypovolemia Study.  

All examine the effects of long-term weightlessness on the human body, in preparation for our eventual manned mission to planet Mars!

I now help promote these amazing programs, as the collective experiences have definitely been the most unique of my life.  

My writings, maps, and photographs have been featured on FOX 26 Houston, FOX News NYC, Popular Science Magazine, Universe Today, WIRED Science, Women's Radio, Planetary Radio, NewsRU in Russia, UK Skynews, and many other news outlets across the globe.


Hey, guess my favorite TV show?
When I was a child, I set the goal of seeing all 50 states by the time I turned 50... and I finished in 2013, 6 years ahead of schedule!  To date, I have also lived in seven of our great states (as indicated by the house icons). Mouse-over any state on the map to see its name and capital city, and then click on each to see my state line sign photographs!