What started as a viral photo series for photographer Tim Dodd has now become a trusted source for spaceflight information and education. As of 2017, Everyday Astronaut pivoted to producing medium to long form education videos on YouTube. The channel grew very quickly, reaching 100,000 subscribers within one year of the first produced education video and soon after hit 1 million hours of watch time. In 2018, Tim Dodd became the host of a syndicated Facebook Watch series, "Spacing Out" by space.com.
In 2018, the team grew beyond the team of one into a team of full time professionals, part time contributors and over 900 financial supporters. This brought on the introduction of feature articles, public speaking opportunities, as well as new forms of media.
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Since most second hand Soviet era flight suits don’t come with instruction manuals, he forced the neck ring on, and eventually the helmet until he got it to lock. Little did he know, once the helmet was locked, it would be completely air tight…. which means of course, he almost became the Darwin Award recipient for the year. The headlines would have read “Idiot dies in space suit, in living room, alone.” Due to the quick thinking nature of a plucky photographer (Tim), he followed the air hose to the plug that was inserted in the end of it. A quick removal of the plug returned air to his face, which in turn, let him live another day.
Thereby making the “Everyday Astronaut” more than a quip at the end of a premature obituary.
Post near death experience, Tim found himself coming up with ever-sillier concepts while wearing the suit. He decided to create a series where an astronaut finds himself stuck in the monotony of everyday life. He cleverly hid several “easter eggs” in his photos, giving nods to real astronauts and historical space references. The first series titled, “A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut” immediately went viral on Reddit and quickly saw views in the millions. This led to features on Buzzfeed, CNET, Tech Insider and several others. The series was chosen as Flickr’s feature of the week, published in The Guardian UK’s Art & Design, was the cover of “Courrier International,” and graced several other international publications.