On August 14 at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, Solar System Ambassador Patrick Wiggins was presented the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal for his outstanding efforts as a Solar System Ambassador volunteer. The citation reads...
For superior individual dedication to community and scientific engagement as NASA's prolific Solar System Ambassador.
Mr. Wiggins joined the NASA Solar Systems Ambassadors (SSA) Program in January 2002 just before retiring from the Hansen Planetarium following 26 years of service. Over the last 12 years, he has conducted over 1,050 events, averaging 88 events per year, well over the 4 events per year that are asked of volunteers. With a background in astronomy and a solid reputation for public engagement, Mr. Wiggins tirelessly travels across the state of Utah performing outreach, giving educational talks to students, and regularly providing updates on NASA's space exploratory efforts to local media. His superior dedication and volunteer efforts have built a positive reputation for not only the SSA Program but also NASA.
The Solar System Ambassadors program staff and volunteers congratulate Patrick on his accomplishments and celebrate his commitment to sharing the NASA story with the people of Utah.
Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program
designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation.
These volunteers communicate the excitement of JPL's space
exploration missions and information about recent discoveries
to people in their local communities.
are 516 Ambassadors in 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico bringing
the excitement of space to the public. Ambassadors are space
enthusiasts from various walks of life who are interested
in providing greater service and inspiration to the community
Solar System Ambassadors Program builds on and expands the
outstanding efforts undertaken by the Galileo mission since
1997. Because of the success of the original Galileo Ambassadors
program, JPL missions exploring Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Asteroids,
Comets, Earth, the Sun and the Universe now come together
to expand the program's scope to the Solar System and beyond.
arrange for a Solar System Ambassador event in your community,
click on the Meet the Ambassador link on the top navigation
bar, select your state or territory and review the entries.
Ambassadors furnish short biographical statements for the
purpose of detailing their areas of interest and expertise.
Following the biography is a list of past events conducted
by the Ambassador to further aid in decision making. Inquiries
about an Ambassador's availability should be made by sending
an email directly to the individual.
the "Calendar of Events" section as well to see
if an Ambassador event will be occurring in your local community.
For a listing of Solar System Ambassadors
by name, visit the Directory of
Applications to become a Solar System Ambassador are accepted once a year during the month of September. Successful candidates begin their one-year, renewable term of service the following January 1. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be posted on this site on September 1.
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the JET PROPULSION LABORATORY in Pasadena, CA, an operating division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a lead research and development center for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).