Congratulations to all Space Ambassadors from the around the world!
This past May at the 35th Annual International Space Development Conference, Phase I of the Space Ambassador program, designed as a global grassroots effort to inspire, educate, and communicate the daily life benefits of space exploration and research, was concluded. The program saw over 900 volunteers sign up to be Space Ambassadors. Over the life of the program, we reached over 31,000 people world-wide. Over 59% of the presentations were given to audiences of 50 or fewer people. The winners of the awards for phase I were chosen at ISDC 2016 in accordance with published rules. The winners and their associated awards are (in alphabetical order, by sponsor):
- The Kepler Space Institute award, a non-expiring, $5,000 scholarship available for use on any part of the Kepler Space Institute curriculum, was awarded to Stevan Akerley of Durham, Connecticut.
- The two Aurora Aerospace awards, each providing a minimum of 12 parabolas in an Aurora Aerospace Rockwell 700 aircraft, where each parabola offers several seconds of zero-g conditions, went to Jeff Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Chuck Schlemm of Burns, Tennessee.
- The NASTAR Center Award, consisting of training in their Basic Suborbital Space Training Program, a comprehensive 2-day program of training for space flight, to include centrifuge training, went to Loretta Hall of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- The ZERO-G Corporation Award, providing a ZERO-G Experience® consisting of a minimum of 15 parabolas in ZERO-G’s Boeing 727, where each parabola offers several seconds of zero-g conditions, went to Eryn Beisner of Friendswood, Texas.
The National Space Society and Kepler Space Institute would like to thank all who participated in the program, and especially the award winners, for your hard work on this very successful outreach project. Updates on the second phase of the project will be posted on www.spaceambassadors.com.