Become a Solar System Ambassador

Could you be one a NASA Solar System Ambassador? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being one is the perfect platform to do so.

The annual Solar System Ambassadors application period begins on Sept. 1 and ends on Sept. 30. Chosen applicants will begin a one-year, renewable term on Jan. 1, 2018.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public engagement effort that works with motivated volunteers across the nation to communicate the science and excitement of NASA’s space exploration missions and discoveries in their communities. The program — which started in 1997 — currently consists of 730 ambassadors who conduct approximately 2,400 annual events that ,reach about 500,000 people directly, with millions reached via publications, social media, TV and radio.

To qualify, an applicant must be at least 18 years of age. An ideal applicant is a space enthusiast active in his or her community with a desire to learn more about space exploration and share the story of NASA. It is advisable to submit a thoughtful, complete application. If selected, the ambassador volunteers must host and report at least four community-based events per year.

The Solar System Ambassadors program provides professional development in the form of teleconferences with NASA mission scientists and engineers in which volunteers learn the latest in space science. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, supports the program.

To apply, fill out and submit the application available on Sept. 1 here (you will need to be a U.S. resident).

Top image: The Solar System Ambassadors program consists of volunteers across the nation that all share one passion — NASA’s space exploration missions and discoveries. Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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