Be a Solar System Ambassador for NASA

Solar Systems Ambassador Program COMPThe NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassadors Program (SSA) is inviting applicants to become an ambassador to the public for calendar year 2016.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public engagement effort accomplished by space enthusiast volunteers across the nation who communicate NASA’s exciting discoveries and plans for future exploration of the solar system and beyond to general public audiences. Ambassadors become an extended part of each mission’s team and an important interface between the NASA community and the populace at large.

Applications will be accepted through September 30. Selections will be announced in early December, with successful candidates beginning their year of service after completing Orientation and Ethics training.

Solar System Ambassadors are asked to arrange, conduct and report at least four (4) community-based events per year.

Is this for you?

The Ideal Ambassador Candidate —

  • must be 18 years of age or older on January 1, 2016
  • has an active interest in space exploration
  • has a genuine desire to share knowledge about space exploration
  • has demonstrated ability to engage audiences and/or disseminate information
  • has the initiative and ingenuity to involve his/her local community in learning about NASA’s space exploration efforts
  • contributes to the geographic diversity of the group
  • establishes contacts with local institutions
  • builds upon strong ties with his/her community
  • inspires community youth to seek careers in science and technology
  • submits a well-thought-out, complete application
  • participates in online professional development sessions and/or reviews training archives
  • keeps up with Solar System Ambassadors Program email and web postings
  • makes the best responsible use of the materials provided
  • reports on events conducted in a timely manner using an on-line form

NASA has ambassadors in every state and territory, and several dedicated to specialties. Interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, District of Columbia and US territories.

They hope to add at least 100 new volunteers to the program in 2016.

[Thanks to James H. Burns for the story.]

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