From my youngest days I have been fascinated with the heavens and wondered just what was out there. I spent most of my naval career navigating by these same stars to the four corners of the world. Therefore, it was not unreasonable to expect that two of my sons would look to the heavens for their careers. It wasn't until their projects lead to pioneering achievements in space did I really become enamored with the intricacies of putting probes and robots on places like Jupiter and Mars. One son designed and fabricated an oxidation experiment for a Russian Mars lander. Unfortunately, it didn't make it that far but the device he made was state of the art. My other son was responsible for putting the Mars Pathfinder on Mars. Now it is my turn to help bring to the public the same sense of pride and excitement I feel, in what not only we are currently doing but where we will be going in the future.
After a year of presentations I can highly recommend the Solar System Ambassador program. I have found a real hunger for the information NASA/JPL puts out on the video tapes. It has been a pleasure to share these exciting programs.