In 1997, Loretta McKibben signed up to be a Galileo Ambassador to Jupiter and proudly informed a coworker, a research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). He raised an eyebrow and said, "Oh? When do you leave?" and everyone laughed. They all knew she would go if she could!
Since then, she's been a Solar System Ambassador in four states and loves giving talks, hosting workshops, organizing or participating in educational star parties with her telescopes, and working with K-12 teachers and their students. She has many years of experience in teaching kids about astronomy, planetary science and space exploration in science museums, K-12 classrooms, and other facilities. She's been a public telescope operator at a science museum and university observatory.
In her career of providing computer and technical support to scientists,I've been honored to work on two Mars instrument teams at the Lunar and Planetary Lab, multiple planetary science, astronomy and astrophysics projects at three universities, and with an award-winning weather-forecasting software development group at NSSL for over a decade. Her educational background is in astrophysics.
Serving as a Solar System Ambassador is a privilege and honor, and she's enjoyed every moment.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Mars Mania: Magnifying Mars with HiRISE University of Arizona
Observatory Telescope Operator and Educator UA/Flandrau Science Center
Goodbye, Galileo news story Arizona Daily Star
Are We Alone? Radio Show - SETI Institute Radio talk show
Solar System Exploration Workshop Univ. of AZ Steward Observatory
Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:
Eclipse Viewing Party at the California State Capitol California State Capitol