Tucson, AZ, January 18, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Since early childhood, Geoff Notkin, star of the international hit television series Meteorite Men, has been fascinated by two subjects: meteorites and space travel. Now, having parlayed his love for the former into a successful commercial venture and award-winning TV show, he is ready to embrace the latter.
Notkin today announced that he has accepted an invitation to join Deep Space Industries (DSI), a company focused on the commercial development of space. He joins a team of world-class experts in the commercial space industry, space technology development, asteroid science, and aerospace engineering. The company is headed up by Rick N. Tumlinson, considered one of the 100 most influential people in the space field, and is made up of some of the world’s top space experts, former NASA leaders, commercial space experts, and business people.
DSI will send prospecting missions to inspect near Earth asteroids and return samples, and intends to tap into, Notkin’s unparalleled expertise as a world-renowned meteorite hunter. He has visited more than 45 countries in search of elusive rocks from space, including some of the world's most desolate locales. In addition, Notkin has written more than 150 published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, adventure travel, history, and the arts. He is a member of the Explorers Club, the International Dark-Sky Association, the International Meteorite Collectors' Association, the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, and The Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“Our goal at Deep Space is nothing less than building a credible commercial space resources company in space – the first step to expanding our civilization beyond the Earth," said Tumlinson. “We are thrilled to have Geoff joining our team. His advice and ideas will help us bring the excitement of our upcoming missions to audiences in a way that educates and inspires them. After all, this is a new era, a time when the exploration of space is not just about science, but opening a new frontier – for everyone.”
Notkin's first official function as a Deep Space Industries team member will take place on Tuesday, January 22, at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. PST, Notkin will serve as Master of Ceremonies introducing the DSI leadership team and their initial expeditions. The museum is located at 3100 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica. The news conference is open to the media; others should please contact the company at firstname.lastname@example.org for space availability.
"I have devoted much of my career to traveling the surface of our planet in search of meteorites that have fallen from space," said Notkin. "Now, for the first time, I am looking up into the skies instead of down at the ground. Deep Space Industries is taking the search for space rocks where it belongs — into space. I am thrilled to join the DSI team and embark upon, what will likely be, the adventure of a lifetime."
DSI is taking a long-range approach to exploring the resource potential of space, but one of their preliminary goals will be mounting daring asteroid missions at a fraction of the traditional costs. Asteroids carry rich deposits of resources such as nickel, gold and platinum.
“Deep Space is a very serious company with revolutionary plans – based on real engineering, science and business principles,” said David Gump, DSI Chief Executive Officer. “It is important that we get our message and plans out the right way to the media, potential investors, and customers. Geoff has a natural style and knowledge in the field that we appreciate.”
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About Geoff Notkin: A television host, professional meteorite hunter, science writer, photographer, and owner of Aerolite Meteorites, Geoff stars on Science Channel's award-winning TV show Meteorite Men. He has also made documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, History Channel, A&E, and Travel Channel and has written more than 150 published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, adventure travel, history, and the arts. The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named "Notkin" and approved by the Minor Planet Center in recognition of Geoffrey's contributions to science and education.
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