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March 7, 2002
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Hot Springs Doctor Named State Solar System Ambassador
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently appointed Dr. Bob Polcyn of Hot Springs as South Dakota’s Solar System Ambassador. The retired physician will speak about space and space exploration at events across the state to spread excitement about the nation’s space program.
" I see a real need for the public to know more about space,” Polcyn said. “ One of the major lessons I've learned while studying about other planets is how very special our own planet is."
Polcyn is one of hundreds of space enthusiasts across the nation selected to lead public events in 2002. The ambassadors run events such as community presentations, displays and library appearances. Polcyn will speak at the South Dakota Space Days scheduled for April 5 in Brookings. He’s available for other community events.
" We are very fortunate to have Dr. Polcyn on board and we look forward to the educational programs that he can provide to students of all ages in our state," Tom Durkin, deputy director of South Dakota's Space Grant Consortium, said.
Polcyn is an active member of the Black Hills Astronomical Society. The Society meets monthly at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and organizes summer star parties.
" I'm very interested in the training provided by the NASA on interplanetary missions, and in the opportunities to share what I learn with adult groups and children," Polcyn said.
Durkin encourages members of the public who are interested in astronomy and space exploration to take advantage of South Dakota's extremely dark skies, a vanishing natural resource unavailable to most people in the United States. Durkin suggests star parties, a presentation by Dr. Polcyn, an Astronomical Society meeting, or any South Dakota Space Grant Consortium event if you want to learn more.
Request a presentation by Dr. Polcyn by sending him an email at polcyn@ gwtc. net
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