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TriVector Employee Becomes NASA Ambassador on New Zealand Visit

on Friday, 16 March 2018.

TriVector Employee Becomes NASA Ambassador on New Zealand Visit

Tim Atkins, TriVector engineer on the NASA MSFC ESSCA contract, represented the Huntsville space community as a NASA Ambassador for education outreach while on his trip to New Zealand.  Tim’s stops included Hoon Hay Primary School; the University of Canterbury, Christchurch; Auckland University of Technology; and the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology, or MOTAT.

Tim used NASA educational materials at Hoon Hay primary school in Christchurch to show students how NASA intends to land on Mars via the Space Launch System program, which TriVector currently supports.  He presented in front of approximately 400 students in three different age groups, answering tough questions such as “Why would we want to go to Mars in the first place?”  Tim also presented at the UC Connect at the University of Canterbury with a two-hour lecture to 250 attendees and 3000 livestream viewers.  He also presented a similar lecture to 40 attendees at the Auckland University of Technology.

In addition to his many educational presentations, Tim appeared in media interviews to promote educational awareness of NASA and SLS.  He appeared on TVNZ with host Jack Tame on January 31 and participated in a radio interview with Radio New Zealand Saturday Morning Show with host Kim Hill February 3.  Click the links to watch/listen to Tim’s interviews.


TriVector is proud that Tim took this opportunity while visiting his daughter to spread the word of NASA and SLS as a NASA Ambassador.  “New Zealanders have a rich heritage of exploration, from the original Polynesian settlers to national hero Sir Edmund Hillary,” said Tim of his trip.  “Kiwis of all ages, from five-year-olds to university professors, were enthusiastic to learn about NASA’s vision for human spaceflight to the moon and beyond.”