Thursday, June 5, 2008

National Space Society Announces Space Ambassadors Program

Want a free trip to space?

Well, here's an opportunity for you. The National Space Society has announced, in cooperation with Virgin Galactic, the Space Ambassadors Program.

The Space Ambassadors Program is an advocacy program that operates by training volunteers to deliver presentations about the importance of human spaceflight and eventual colonization of space. One such volunteer will be selected to receive a free trip on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, and volunteers can be anyone in any stage of life; they need only sign up at the website,

Incedentally, the National Space Society is a space advocacy organization that I had not heard of until I learned of this program. I believe they would count as the thirty-fifth company I've mentioned who is interested in getting you to space, so I'd like to take some time to talk about them as well.

The National Space Society was created in 1987 through the merger of the National Space Institute and the L5 Society. They encourage anyone to join them in their efforts, largely related to advocation of human spaceflight. They publish the Ad-Astra magazine, which reports significant developments in space-related science and technology, and they try to exert influence on the creation of U.S. legislation.

They have some very well-known members. Among their "board of governers" are people like Buzz Aldrin, Tom Hanks, and Hugh Downs. Their stated mission is "to promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity."

Progress: 3.73%  Flight Time: 0:05:35

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