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.

My heroes include Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Eleanor Dulles, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Eleanor of Aquitaine. It's an Eleanor thing.

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I started my career in the software fields of Silicon Valley, consistently hijacking my synapses with overtime and technology. If you ever have the chance, pass. 

Starting in 2008, I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being employed by our nation's space program for Flight Simulation Research to examine effects of weightlessness on humans, in preparation for our eventual manned mission to planet Mars!

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

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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.

I go wherever invited for public speaking, including SpaceFest, Taste of Science, SpaceUp, StarTalk, ApolloCon, GeekGirlCon, WorldCon, Dragon*Con, CheetoCon, RufflesCon, DoritoCon, and I may have lost track of the actual cons. But hey, if you see me at one, come say hello to me and R2-D2


Hey, guess my favorite TV show?

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I have visited all 50 of our great states, and I have also lived in seven (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! I'm the only person I know who finished their Bucket List. Any suggestions for a new one?



Road trip, anyone?

I'm serious. I'm packed.