Applications Available for NASA Solar System Ambassadors Program

Do you love space? Are you adept at sharing your love of the stars with the public? If so, here’s a chance to join a growing network of space enthusiasts who have volunteered as NASA Solar System Ambassadors. Ambassadors from the states of Delaware and North Dakota especially are needed to represent those states.

The application period is being extended through Oct. 16, 2009. Ambassadors are U.S. citizens selected from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, or U.S. citizens serving U.S. audiences abroad. The program is one of the longest-running NASA volunteer outreach projects.

Each ambassador receives online training from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and educational materials supplied by various space missions, such as the next Mars rover — Curiosity. Curiosity will check to see whether Mars has been favorable for supporting microbial life and preserving evidence of life. The rover is scheduled to launch in October 2011.

To apply as a NASA Solar System Ambassador, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/ssa.cfm

For more information about the Solar System Ambassador Program, visit http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/index.html

A calendar of events hosted by ambassadors is available at http://www2.jpl.nasa.gov/ambassador/events.html

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