Space Talk With a NASA Ambassador

NASA Ambassador Amanda Mayo fell in love with space in the third grade.

“It was when I went to Space Camp,” she says. “I loved all of the hands-on activities and solving space puzzles and problems.”

On Monday, January 4, at 7 p.m., Amanda will share her love and passion for space science with Library users as part of NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program. The talk will be live-streamed on Facebook and will be accompanied by an at-home aerodynamics project. John Krekelberg from the Hands On! Discovery Center will join Amanda for a conversation about your science questions. Submit your questions about space in the comment section on the Facebook post below or through our contact form. Space fans of all ages are encouraged to virtually attend.

Space Rocks!

While Amanda will be talking about any of your NASA-related interests, her favorite thing about space is astrogeology, the study of the geology of things like planets and asteroids.

“I love being able to apply my science from Earth to these giant glowing orbs in the sky,” she says. “It’s so cool to look at a moon rock and say, ‘Hey! We have that material here on Earth!'”

As to why she’s interested in NASA, Amanda says she admires their educational outreach.

“NASA is great because of all the activities on their website. It’s so cool that they work with the public for art contests and lessons all the time.”

Amanda also says she loves NASA because of all of their interesting acronyms–”It’s so fun to learn what they all mean!”

NASA Solar System Ambassador

Amanda is talking with your Library as a part of NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program, which works with volunteers across the nation to spread information and excitement about NASA’s various programs. As of July 2020, the Solar System Ambassador program has conducted over 50,000 events, reaching more than 10 million people. The program is NASA’s educational boots on the ground, reaching out through organizations like your Library to impart a love of science and learning.

“Being a Solar System Ambassador lets me teach people about my passion,” Amanda says. “I love interacting with people of all ages and sharing obscure science facts.”

One of Amanda’s favorite obscure facts is, of course, about astrogeology:

“Something that not a lot of people know is that some meteorites have a pattern called Widmanstätten, which is a super cool series of lines that form patterns in the metal. That’s one of the ways we can tell a chunk of metal from a chunk of space metal!”

For facts like this and more, tune in to our Facebook page for the live conversation on Monday, January 4. You can pick up the aerodynamics craft kit through our curbside pickup. If you have questions about the event, email Lisa Krekelberg or call (423) 434-4454. Don’t forget to follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to keep up-to-date on Library happenings.

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