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2018 News NASA Ambassadors
January 29, 2018 : NASA Student Ambassador Visits OUC


On Jan. 23, sixteen early and middle childhood education students listened attentively as Student Ambassador, Tyler Hines, from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shared fascinating information regarding our solar system at Ohio University Chillicothe. Hines is one of 700 other ambassadors across the country; all of whom get to tell the incredible history of NASA.


Hines’ presentation took the students on a tour of our solar system. Whilst much of the presentation captured details of each planet such as size, distance from earth, and gravitational pull, Hines also reported on the most recent information regarding contact with each planet using NASA spacecraft.


According to Hines, “We (NASA) have been working on Mars for 20 years. I wouldn’t be surprised if NASA plans to send a group of people to Mars sometime in the 2030’s.”

NASA has discovered significant information about Mars due to the readings and communication received from the Voyager spacecraft over the years. The Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, holds what is known as the Voyager Golden Records, which is a 12-inch gold-plated phonograph record containing sounds and images depicting various components of life on Earth. The hope is that if there really is life on Mars, the record will be discovered and our story will be told.


When asked if he believes that life can be found on another planet, Hines explained, “Let me put it like this -- there have been more galaxies found in our solar system than there are grains of sand on Earth. When I think of it that way, I think how could there not be life somewhere else out there.”


Hines became an ambassador for NASA because of his fascination with the solar system and is now one of the most recognized alumni in the program. Hines stated, “The extent of this information is not being taught in the schools. For educators, it’s almost an obligation to teach this to the younger generation. That is why me, and 700 other people, are doing what we do. We need teachers that are passionate about this and who are willing to share this kind of information. It’s worth the time, even if someone learns one thing.”


Anyone interested in having a NASA Student Ambassador present information – past, present, or future – can visit to arrange for a representative to attend!