David Hitt is co-author of two books, “Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story,” written with astronauts Owen Garriott and Joe Kerwin, and “Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years," both part of the University of Nebraska Press' Ordway-Award-winning Outward Odyssey spaceflight history series. David has appeared in the award-winning documentaries "Searching for Skylab" and "Saving Skylab."
He has worked as a contractor at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center since 2002, and works as a systems engineer supporting payload integration for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, a foundational capability for humanity's return to the Moon through Artemis. A contractor with Jacobs, David is a recipient of NASA's Silver Snoopy Award, presented by the agency's Astronaut Office, and the AIAA Greater Huntsville Section's Hermann Oberth Award.
A former newspaper editor, Hitt is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. David is a past president of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, and a past Policy Formulation Subcommittee chair for the National Space Society. He volunteers at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and is a senior member of the AIAA. David and his wife Rebecca are guides for the Huntsville Ghost Walk, participate in the annual Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll, and blog for the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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