In her video for Syfy's 'IMagine Greater' series Ariel Waldman of describes how she wrote to the government agency about her interest in their space exploration documentary, and the rest is history.

Syfy recently aired a series of advertisements with the tagline ‘let’s imagine greater,’ celebrating the type of people who inspire their programming content and viewers–the curious and creative individuals who see the world a little bit differently.

One of the ads features Ariel Waldman, one of PSFK’s SAN FRANCISCO 2011 conference speakers. Four years ago, Ariel was a graphic designer fascinated by space exploration. Today, she lists NASA as a former employee and is one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley. How did Ariel, who didn’t have a background in science, make the jump from graphic design to working for NASA? Simple. She was inspired by a documentary she saw on space exploration and sent an email to NASA. Her email landed her a job at NASA’s CoLab, and she has since used her curiosity and imagination to create, a site that allows anyone to explore the universe:

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