National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content
Solar System Ambassadors
NASA Banner
Directory of Ambassadors: Mark Brown
Mark Brown
Mark Anthony Brown
Member Since 2019

Marion, Iowa


Click here to contact this Ambassador.

Biographical Information:

Mark Brown was born and raised in Kansas where he entered and served in the United States Air Force upon graduating high school. After serving in the Air Force, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in geology from Wright State University and eventually his master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology. Mark has always displayed his passion and enthusiasm for the sciences, especially astronomy.

Mark has taught college astronomy courses at McKendree University and Dickinson College where he enjoyed interacting with the students. In addition, he has worked in several planetaria and started out as a planetarium specialist at the W.A. Gayle Planetarium in Montgomery, Alabama. He then served as Senior Astronomer at the St. Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium and has done consulting work and guest speaking for the O.J. Peterson Planetarium.

Most recently, Mark worked as a geologist for the Pennsylvania Geological Survey conducting field work and using GIS software to build geologic maps for the state of Pennsylvania. He is an avid photographer and astro-photographer who enjoys observing and imaging the night sky through his telescopes and cameras. He is passionate about conducting educational public outreach and bringing the concepts of astronomy down to the human level of understanding. For Mark, it is the darkness and beauty of the night sky that brings light to his day.

Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:

Apollo 11 - Achieving the Goal
Anamosa Library and Learning Center

Neighborhood Star Party
Mark Brown's Home

Galactic Fridays - Eat Like An Astronaut and Skype with NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim!
Marion Public Library - 1095 Sixth Avenue Marion, IA 52302

Comets! Vagabonds of the Solar System
Clermont Public Library

Apollo 11 - Achieving the Goal
Waterloo Public Library

Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:

None So Far

Click here to view all upcoming events

Ambassador Directory: B
Ambassador Directory: Iowa

Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 24 Sep 2019