National Space Society Welcomes Janet Ivey as New NSS Governor

Janet Ivey of Janet’s Planet is NOW IN ORBIT as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society

Janet IveyJanet Ivey, a 12-time Emmy and 5-time Gracie Award winning educational TV host and founder of Janet’s Planet, seen on more than 140 PBS stations across the USA and on multiple online sites like BatteryPop, Club Jelly Telly, HighBrow, Ameba TV, and YouTube was recently named to the National Space Society’s Board of Governors.

The National Space Society Board of Governors is composed of outstanding individuals in the fields of science, engineering, the arts, government, the press, business, law, medicine, and other professions and occupations, and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the society or its goals. The appointment was made official at the May 2015 National Space Society Board of Directors meeting in Toronto at the International Space Development Conference.

Janet is thrilled to be among such an elite group of space enthusiasts and pioneers. Among Janet’s duties of promoting the National Space Society and its goals, a primary initiative will be to be a spokesperson for the NSS Enterprise in Space (EIS) project, along with Geoff Notkin of Meteorite Men fame.

The mission of Enterprise In Space is to build, launch, operate, and later return to Earth an orbiter containing student experiments as a tribute to the many great visionaries of science and science fiction. EIS goals include:

  • Demonstrate and pioneer new technologies
  • Inspire and encourage space enterprise
  • Develop educational curricula for students contributing to related future endeavors in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education
  • The Enterprise In Space mission will cover everything from 3D printing in space, to laser-based communications, to improvements in heat shields and thermal protection systems.

Janet Ivey is committed to enriching the lives of children via education and TV and online programming. She is a Buzz Aldrin ShareScience Ambassador, and has won a STEMFLORIDA award for Janet’s Planet.

Janet presents two live shows, Tour of the Solar System and Exploring Microgravity. These shows are 21st century theater that encourage scientific literacy via the use of humor, theatrical antics, visual illusions, enticing graphic elements, and experiential opportunities to join Janet on stage so that students are fully engaged in the experience.

The mission for Janet and Janet’s Planet is to encourage young people to stand in their magnificence and to inspire future generations to use their innate intelligence and creativity to create a better future via science and space exploration. Janet Ivey is a tireless advocate for children and has mentored countless young people all over the world. Janet’s mission has and always will be to enrich the lives of children via art and science, multi-media education, and intelligent, informative AWE (Art, Wonder, and Experiential) infused programming that focuses on space exploration.

For more information about Janet’s Planet visit www.janetsplanet.org and www.janetsplanet.com, or contact Janet Ivey at janet@janetsplanet.com or 615-415-9785.

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And to learn more about the National Space Society or to become a member visit www.nss.org

To learn more and participate in the NSS Enterprise In Space visit www.enterpriseinspace.org

National Space Society Welcomes Geoff Notkin as New NSS Governor

Geoff NotkinGeoff Notkin, host of Meteorite Men, was recently named to the National Space Society’s Board of Governors. “NSS is proud to have Geoff on our board to help promote our vision of a spacefaring civilization,” said Bruce Pittman, NSS chief operating officer.

The NSS Board of Governors provides recommendations and guidance to the Board of Directors with respect to the broad, overall policies, objectives, and goals of the Society. The board is composed of prestigious leaders in their respective fields who have made outstanding contributions to the Society or its goals. Geoff Notkin’s appointment was made official at the May 2015 National Space Society Board of Directors meeting in Toronto at the International Space Development Conference.

Geoff Notkin is a world renowned meteorite specialist, science writer, photographer, adventure traveler, and owner of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., a company providing meteorite specimens to collectors and institutions worldwide.  An Emmy-winning television host, Notkin starred in three seasons of the Science Channel series Meteorite Men and hosted the educational series STEM Journals for two seasons on Cox Media.

Along with hosting his own television series, Notkin has been featured on documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, the BBC, The History Channel, A&E, and The Travel Channel.  He has appeared on NBC’s TODAY show, the nationally syndicated radio show Coast to Coast AM, and has been interviewed by The Washington PostThe Huffington Post, Space.com, Universe Today and many other leading sites and publications. An in-demand public speaker and science popularizer, Notkin is a frequent guest at space and science conferences around the world.

The search for rare and valuable space rocks has taken Notkin to 45 countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas, including northern Siberia, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. He is currently filming a new adventure series, Meteorite Hunters Unlimited, with longtime expedition partner Steve Arnold.

Geoff Notkin is also an award-winning author and has written hundreds of published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts, with his work appearing in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, American Digger, and many other national and international publications. He is the author of the books Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and Rock Star: Adventures Of A Meteorite Man (featuring an original introduction by Geoff’s lifelong friend Neil Gaiman), and a science and arts blog, The Logical Lizard, at www.geoffnotkin.com.

Notkin has worked with many of the world’s major institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Natural History Museum, London; and the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. He is a member of The Explorer’s Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute and the Board of Advisors of Deep Space Industries.

The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named “Notkin” in recognition of Geoff’s contributions to science, the arts, exploration, and education.

Geoff Notkin will be working with luminaries such as Buzz Aldrin, Norman Augustine, Ben Bova, Freeman Dyson, Don Fuqua, John Glenn, Jeff Greason, Janet Ivey, James Lovell, Nichelle Nichols, Harrison Schmitt, Michael Simpson, Gordon Woodcock and Pete Worden on the NSS Board of Governors, chaired by Hugh Downs.