Ambassadors Blog

All blog posts are reposted from the official Back to Space Ambassadors blog.

A Roller Coaster Ride

February 19, 2019

Monday morning, 40 minutes before school starts. The hallways were silent. The classrooms were empty. The building was peaceful– except for the hall upstairs outside of the physics room. There, most of the AP Physics C students stood, chatting nervously, rehearsing presentations, pushing ball bearings onto model roller coasters and hoping they wouldn’t fall off…

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The Opportunity Rover Got Beaten Up By Mars

February 15, 2019

Here’s the quick version: the rover was knocked out in June by a dust storm. NASA has been trying to contact it ever since. The rover exceeded expectations and lasted longer than intended. I’ve got a really funny joke to tell, ready? What do you call a rover that stops responding? Dead. Which exactly describes…

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Meeting Adam Steltzner

February 12, 2019

Last Tuesday I had the incredible opportunity to meet one of NASA’s most brilliant and unique engineers, Adam Steltzner. For 10 years he led a team of inventors who designed and tested the remarkable “sky crane” used to land the Curiosity rover on Mars! Just being in Mr. Steltzner’s presence was jaw-dropping enough, but what…

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Astronomer Spotlight: Maria Mitchell

February 9, 2019

When does science go beyond math and logic and transform into beauty and art? Maria Mitchell was the first female astronomer in the United States and dedicated her life to learning. Mitchell was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts on August 1st, 1818. Her father helped inspire her passion for astronomy and let her use his telescope.…

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Astronaut Interviews: Jim Lovell

February 5, 2019

He was one of the first men around the moon– one of the first to see the far side, one of the first to see the Earth rise over the stark lunar landscape, one of the first to see our home planet so small he could cover it with his thumb. He was the first…

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Flying High: Turning a Hobby Into a STEM Tool

February 1, 2019

When I first started building model airplanes, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I was fascinated by these small “toys” that you could control from the ground. YouTube further exposed me to people achieving incredible feats. People were flying hundreds of kilometers away and taking incredible footage with what seemed to be just…

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Who We Are

January 28, 2019

Back to Space is a company dedicated to promoting STEM in popular culture and preserving the legacy of the Apollo program. They chose 25 student ambassadors to represent and promote this mission! So… that’s us! All 25 of us entered a video or essay competition to be selected as ambassadors. In October, we attended a…

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All blog posts are reposted from the official Back to Space Ambassadors blog.



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