Tom Timko's interest in astronomy stemmed from the space race, Star Trek, model rocketry and Carl Sagan's "Cosmos." His newspaper clip submitted to the "NASA-Apollo 40th Anniversary Postcards from the Field", depicts a 1969 tribute launch to Apollo XII by the Model Rocket Club of New Brunswick.
Throughout twelve years as an active BSA leader his knowledge of daily planet locations, eclipses, comets, and meteor showers created added enthusiasm during weekend and summer camping. He is very proud that one of his former scouts is an engineer at NASA.
As a former Toastmaster International Club mentor he often included the benefit of product spin-offs from the space program in his speech agendas.
He has provided presentations regarding NASA/JPL missions, latest discoveries and the wonders of our Solar System to various elementary, middle, high schools, libraries, and other public venues which include the American Museum of Natural History.
To enhance the learning experience of young minds, he enjoys utilizing visual aids to stimulate imagination and creativity. His passion has been to inspire interest in space sciences which now continues as a Solar System Ambassador.