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.”

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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



New Years Greetings and News

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Sarah Cruddas, Director of Marketing

2019 has already got off to an incredible start for our exploration of space. Congratulations to Space for Humanity’s Technical Advisor Alan Stern, and to all of the team at New Horizons who on New Years Day once again redefined what is possible – with the successful flyby of Ultima Thule. This is now the furthest object that humans have explored. A mere 4 billion miles from our Earth home, the team at New Horizons uncovered a snowman shaped world (known as a contact binary) just 19 miles long.

A little closer to home – just days later – China succeeded in once again pushing humanities limits in space; landing a rover on the Far Side of the Moon. Another step forward in the nations space ambitions.

The holiday period also saw also saw NASA’s OSIRIS-REX mission arrive at the asteroid Bennu and our friends at Virgin Galactic minted two new commercial astronauts when SpaceShipTwo – piloted by Mark Stucky and former NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow – reached space on December 13 2018. A milestone for commercial space tourism.

So we start 2019 with a buzz about space which arguably hasn’t been seen since Apollo. Perhaps it is no coincidence that as we look towards our space future with a renewed excitement, that this year we will also pay respect to those who made it possible – the heroes of the Apollo era – as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing this July.

At Space for Humanity we have our own exciting news to begin the year – as we are proud to announce our first full-time member of staff – Rachel Lyons who takes up the post as our Executive Director. Outgoing Executive Director, James Orsulak, will remain with Space for Humanity on the board of Strategic Advisors.

In addition to our first full-time staff member, Space for Humanity now also has new Headquarters in Denver, Colorado, where the team will be based at the Posner Center for International Development. This is a hugely significant step, showing the growth of Space for Humanity from an idea to an organization with its own first permanent headquarters.

Speaking about her new role Rachel Lyons said: “I am thrilled to lead Space for Humanity on this mission of democratizing access to space. Based out of our new Global Headquarters, we’re working towards a future that has an expanded global awareness — one where many more people get to experience the Overview Effect. This is something that will have a profound impact on individuals, as well as collective society. It will impact the way people treat each other, the way we address global challenges, and ultimately, the context in which we view our own existence.”

This growth comes at a time where commercial space travel and this new space era we have entered transitions from something which is mostly only known about within the industry, to something the public is increasingly aware of and inspired by. While 2018 may have been the year of the launch, 2019 is set to be the year for commercial space travel. Our goal through this exciting year will be to continue to spread the word about our mission and inspire people from all walks of life about the possibilities to come from space. More specifically we aim to continue to increase the number of applicants to our citizen astronaut program, while developing our astronaut training and selection process. We also plan to expand our team as we work to help grant the gift of perspective to many more humans.

On behalf of all of us at Space for Humanity, we thank you for your support in 2018 and look forward to an incredible 2019.

About Space for Humanity

Space for Humanity is a global non profit organization, founded in 2017, which aims to democratize access to space. Space for Humanity’s commitment is to help thousands of global citizens from all backgrounds 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 by expanding and shaping human perspective, the world’s most intractable problems can be better addressed and ultimately solved, leading to a brighter future for all of humanity.

More information about Executive Director Rachel Lyons can be found here.