National Space Society Kicks Off Space Ambassadors Program with Virgin Galactic
New NSS program designed to communicate benefits of space to local communities will fly one Space Ambassador on SpaceShipTwo
May 29, 2008, Washington DC: The National Space Society (NSS) and Virgin Galactic announced today the NSS Space Ambassadors Program, which for one person will lead to a trip to space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
Space Ambassadors will be trained to deliver an eye-opening new presentation designed to educate and inspire the public about the practical and humanitarian benefits of exploration and research in space.
As part of their job duties, one Space Ambassador will fly to space on a suborbital space flight aboard SpaceShipTwo, provided by Virgin Galactic.
George Whitesides, Executive
Director of the National Space Society, stated, "The Space
Ambassadors Program is a global grassroots effort to communicate
how space research and exploration are essential to solving many of
the greatest problems facing humanity."
Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic, stated, "We are very excited by the prospect of supporting the NSS Space Ambassadors program because we believe wholeheartedly in its aim of communicating a passion both for space exploration and for research into the huge benefits of using space to help solve practical problems here on Earth."
Whitehorn continued, "We hope that a seat on a Virgin Galactic flight will provide tangible encouragement for a generation of new space ambassadors to come forward and inspire the astronauts, space scientists and extraterrestrial entrepreneurs of the future."
Full details of the NSS Space Ambassadors Program, including the selection process, will be released later in 2008.
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