Sarah Cruddas to Join Space for Humanity's Board of Directors

DENVER - Space for Humanity is delighted to welcome Sarah Cruddas to our Board of Directors.  

Sarah is a space journalist, TV host, author, and global thought leader in the commercial space sector. She has an academic background in astrophysics, specializing in AGN detection. 

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Sarah is currently the host of the new Prime Time US television series Contact on Discovery and Science Channel. She is also the host of various other US television documentaries about space on Discovery and Science Channel. In the UK, she is a regular face on various national television channels including Sky News, ITV, Channel 5, Channel 4 and the BBC and has appeared on various shows include Coast, Sunday Morning Live, Good Morning Britain and Derren Brown. 

Sarah is the author of three Children’s books, the most recent of which, The Space Race, highlights a history of space exploration, as well as possibilities for our space future. She is currently writing her first adults book for publication in 2020. 

“Sarah has done incredible work throughout her entire career in forwarding new space and spreading awareness,” Notes Dylan Taylor, Founder of Space for Humanity. “Her global perspective will be very valuable to the organization and we are honored to have her on the board.”

Speaking of the appointment, Sarah Cruddas said "I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at Space for Humanity. The exploration of space is the most significant thing we will ever do as a species. However, in order to achieve this, space needs to be for the many, not the few. The work being done at Space for Humanity has the potential to transform not only who space is for, but also life on Earth and the way we see our home planet. I look forward to continuing to work with Space for Humanity, in this new role, helping to make the seemingly impossible, possible."

ENDS 

For Inquiries

info@spaceforhumanity.org

On Apollo 11 anniversary, Space for Humanity invites ‘regular people’ to go to space

DENVER, July 18, 2019 – Fifty years after highly trained NASA astronauts set foot on the moon, Space for Humanity today urged people from all walks of life to apply to go to space with all expenses covered by the nonprofit. Each crew member, however, must lead a long-term initiative with tangible social benefits after the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“We believe space should be accessible to everyone, and that space travel creates a sense of awe that dramatically transforms people’s perspectives, as it clearly did for the Apollo 11 crew,” Rachel Lyons, executive director of Space for Humanity, said from the NewSpace Conference in Washington. “Our mission is to help regular people become citizen astronauts and, subsequently, social ambassadors working for the benefit of people and the planet.”

Now Taking Applications

The Denver-based organization today reopened its application process, asking candidates to describe why they want to see Earth from space and to propose a social impact project. The application is designed to support empirical research into how seeing Earth from a distance changes a person’s values. Conducting the research will be University of Pennsylvania research scientist David Bryce Yaden, an authority on the “Overview Effect” – the cognitive shift astronauts experience as they view the planet from orbit or on lunar missions.

“In my research, I have found that many astronauts report seeing the Earth from afar has affected them deeply and in an enduring way,” said Yaden. “By studying the experiences of Space for Humanity’s citizen astronauts, we think we can quantify this often transformative process and learn more about how the Overview Effect works, how long the changes might last, and how new perspectives can inspire positive action on behalf of humanity as a whole.”

Unlike initiatives to send wealthy tourists or artists to space, Space for Humanity is committed to democratizing and diversifying space travel, bringing the opportunity to diverse socioeconomic segments and de-emphasizing traditional astronaut credentials such as aviation and engineering expertise.

“Many of us thought during the riveting moments of the moon landing that the day would come when humans from all walks of life would follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin,” said Space for Humanity advisor Frank White. White coined the term “Overview Effect” and is author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution a seminal work on the topic. “Today, ordinary citizens’ dreams of space exploration are becoming reality, and we believe the changes they experience can tangibly improve life on Earth.”

What’s next in flight preparation

A crew of citizen astronauts will be selected for the first Space for Humanity flight in the months following the closing of the applications. Their chosen social impact venture must somehow advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, and promoting equality, learning, environmental protection, health, peace, and economic opportunity.

Space for Humanity is currently raising funds for capacity building, program development, and flight training for astronauts. Early donations have been secured, and a fundraising campaign surrounding financial goals will commence in coming months. Space for Humanity’s leadership team is engaged in talks with several potential launch partners, including Blue Origin, as private space companies race to achieve readiness for crewed flights.

About Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is a nonprofit organization founded to create a positive social impact on the world by enabling citizen astronauts from all backgrounds to experience the cognitive shift in worldview that can occur when seeing Earth from space. www.spaceforhumanity.org

For more information, to make a gift, or collaborate with us, spaceforhumanity.org/contribute.

Summer Celebrations and Hello from Space for Humanity

At Space for Humanity, we are celebrating the summer with exciting news: an expansion of the team.

In the past two months, our global volunteer base has doubled, and we now have regional coordinators in Europe and Latin America. We are also welcoming on a new team member: Austin Grisham is joining as the Director of Development & Impact Programs.

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Austin has a background in international development, media and finance. Over the past 12 years, he has worked on impact investing in agribusiness and social entrepreneurship projects across the world, including East Africa, Central America, and the United States.  

"I am overjoyed to join the Space for Humanity team,” notes Austin. “I've had the honor of working in many industries and geographic locations over the past decade. I could not be more excited to help empower folks around the world in both accessing space and catalyzing ideas to improve the world around us."

“Austin’s humanitarian background brings an important perspective to the conversation, and I’m excited to work alongside him in developing Space for Humanity’s program,” notes Rachel Lyons, Executive Director of Space for Humanity. “Together, I am confident we will make contributing to our world a part of the culture of space.”

This expansion highlights an important time in Space for Humanity’s growth and development, and space as a whole -- a movement towards a more inclusive and interdisciplinary sector.


Space for Humanity Welcomes Armin Ellis to the Board of Advisors


June 11, 2019

DENVER - Space for Humanity has announced that Dr. Armin Ellis, Founder of Exploration Institute, will join their robust Board of Advisors.

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Dr. Ellis led missions at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory ranging from Mars missions to those going to the International Space Station. Dr. Ellis became fascinated by team dynamics throughout his engineering career, and notably applied these principals while at NASA JPL, and has since invested his energy into a deeper understanding of human sociology which propelled him to launch Exploration Institute. Exploration Institute is a consulting organization that facilitates corporate innovation and moonshot ideas, and helps them make those ideas come to fruition by transforming the internal dynamics of the team.

“We’re at a really important point: we’re past the first part of space exploration. We’ve demonstrated the technical feasibility of space travel. Now, space travel should be more tangible for humanity. It’s the case of proliferating these powerful and amazing ideas across all of civilization,” states Dr. Ellis. “The fact that Space for Humanity is poised to bring the Overview Effect to our civilization is nothing short of a new era for humanity’s perspective of itself. I feel honored and privileged to be invited to the board, and feel that under the leadership of Rachel Lyons, the organization is sure to connect and inspire.”

We have arrived in a new era surrounding the perspectives we hold about ourselves -- and this is the philosophy behind the founding of Space for Humanity.

“Armin is mission aligned and dynamic. I’m thrilled to have him on board,” remarks Rachel Lyons, Executive Director of Space for Humanity. “Armin brings a unique perspective on leadership, on teams, and ultimately, on space exploration. His advising will be invaluable in creating a culture that we are proud of.”

About Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is a non-profit organization, founded in 2017, which aims to democratize access to space. Space for Humanity’s commitment is to help 10,000 global citizens experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness which happens when astronauts see our Earth from space.

The crews selected for missions will be both diverse and uniquely qualified to share their experiences with their broader communities and the world. Space for Humanity believes that through group experience and a diverse selection process, this can help many more people understand the positive value of space exploration and why we must look after Spaceship Earth.

For Inquiries

info@spaceforhumanity.org


Space for Humanity Welcomes Jill Tarter to the Board of Advisors

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DENVER - Space for Humanity has announced that Jill Tarter has joined the Board of Advisors. A pioneer of the space sector, Jill has spent the majority of her career attempting to answer the human question, “Are we alone?” by searching for evidence of technological civilizations beyond Earth with the SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence).

“I believe the search for technological civilizations beyond Earth (SETI) can hold up a mirror to all people on our planet, a mirror that shows us we are all the same when compared with others who may have evolved elsewhere,” remarks Tarter. “We are all Earthlings. Trivializing the perceived differences among humans is what Space for Humanity can do as well, by providing the 'overview effect' to people from across the planet. Ultimately, we need to find ways for all of us to see ourselves in a much larger context if we are to achieve solutions to our global challenges.”

“We’re thrilled to have Jill on board,” remarks Rachel Lyons, Executive Director of Space for Humanity. “The mission of bringing a planetary awareness to the masses is crucial and urgent. And it is something that Jill, the SETI Institute and Space for Humanity share.”

When Jill went to university, she was one of 300 students in her engineering school -- and the only female. During her PhD thesis at the University of California, Berkeley, she coined the term “brown dwarf”-- referring to objects between a mass of the heaviest gas giant planets and the lightest stars in the universe. Jill has been recognized by Time 100 Most Influential People in the World (2004), and one of the Time Magazine’s Top 25 Influential People in Space (2012), amongst a number of other awards.

Jill’s work with SETI is more than simply a search for life elsewhere. It has important implications for our planet. On October 20, 2006, Tarter noted on the Point of Inquiry podcast, “Humans will have a different view about being human when we know the answer to the ‘Are we alone?’ question.”

ENDS

About Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is a non-profit organization, founded in 2017, which aims to democratize access to space. Space for Humanity’s commitment is to help 10,000 global citizens experience the Overview Effect: the cognitive shift in awareness which happens when astronauts see our Earth from space.

The crews selected for missions will be both diverse and uniquely qualified to share their experiences with their broader communities and the world. Space for Humanity believes that through group experience and a diverse selection process, this can help many more people understand the positive value of space exploration and why we must look after Spaceship Earth.

For Inquiries

info@spaceforhumanity.org