Richard Hilliard was born in rural Virginia in the 1960’s, and spent his youth dreaming of going to New York City to study art. After a nearly 20 year career in the NY Metro area, he and his wife returned to VA in 1999, and began teaching at James Madison University, where he continues to this day. Growing up during the time of the Apollo Moon missions, Rich has a great interest in sharing these adventures with young people. This has inspired him to pursue publishing and school visits as a way of bringing history alive for a new generation of space explorers. His first illustrated book for children, the award-winning "Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon," has been so well received that a second book, "Godspeed, John Glenn," was released in late 2006, followed by "Ham, the Astrochimp" in 2007 and "Lucky 13: Survival in Space" in 2008. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Rich was honored to be selected as the featured children’s author at the Smithsonian Institution’s annual Space Day in Washington DC, and was a featured author at the National Air and Space Museum for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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