Emily Krivograd, News Asst. Editor
Sept. 9, 2019
Children’s book author and senior marketing major Aaron Ozee sent his bestselling book, “Regulus,” into space on June 18. This achievement marks the book as the “First American Children’s Book Sent Into Space” as well as the “First Self-Published Book Sent Into Space,” still to be officially verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
“‘Regulus’ is to-date my most successful title,” said Ozee. “Some of the messages are to be humble or to be generous. It teaches you how to be a better person.”
Ozee initially became inspired after having three messages from “Regulus” custom-coded into binary language and sent into space. After hearing a friend misunderstand that the physical book was sent into space, rather than the messages, Ozee began to research the limitations of sending a physical copy of “Regulus” into space.
“I responded with, ‘That’s impossible.’ But I started asking myself, ‘Is this possible?’” said Ozee. “I see these marketing campaigns that are so out of the box. I wanted to do something that few people have achieved. I said, ‘What’s crazier than sending [the book] into space?’”
After two months of research and corresponding with companies who could possibly make this a reality, Ozee eventually partnered with Orbit Pics founder Thomas Niedballa, whose hobby is using high-quality camera equipment to record objects as they ascend into space by the power of a weather balloon. After one failed attempt, “Regulus” was successfully launched from Toronto, Canada before falling back to Earth a few miles from the launch site.
“Regulus” has also been brought to Base Camp at Mount Everest. Ozee also plans to send the book to other extreme places including the Galapagos Islands, Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Zone and across the North Korean border. Ozee holds the record for “Most Books Published By A Teenager,” still to be officially be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records. “Regulus” is his eleventh published title.