Member Spotlight

Museum Member: Jesse Clark

The Museum greatly appreciates all of you who have decided to support our mission by becoming members. To show just a little of our huge amount of appreciation, in each newsletter, we will highlight one of our amazing members. Below is our first member spotlight on Jesse Clark.

Museum Member: Jesse Clark

Tell us a little about yourself?
I have been San Diegan for the past 10 years. I am a 1992 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I previously worked at NASA Johnson Space Center, Honeywell Commercial and Corporate aircraft divisions in Arizona, then Cubic Transportation Systems in San Diego. I have been a member of the Planetary Society for over 10 years, a member of the local Mars Society chapter since 2003 and I founded the San Diego Space Society, the local chapter of the National Space Society, in 2008. I am also a current NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. I love talking to people about space exploration and working on projects that are space related.

How long have you been a member?
2-3 years, although I've been visiting the museum since before I moved to San Diego.

Why are you interested in aviation and/or space?
I've been interested in aviation AND space for as long as I can remember. It started after my grandfather took me for a ride in his airplane for my 3rd birthday. I couldn't get enough when I was growing up. I read as much as I could get my hands on about astronomy and space exploration. I started flying lessons when I was just 16 years old. My avid interest in aviation and space continue today in almost everything that I do.

Why did you become a member of the Museum?
Being the principle location for aviation and space in San Diego, it was natural for me to frequent the museum and become a member. With the new exhibits that rotate in and out of the museum, there is always something new to see. I continue to look at ways I can be more involved.

What is your favorite exhibit or artifact in the Museum and why?
I particularly love the Space section of the museum. Space history has a particular fascination for me. I once had the opportunity to see the space hardware collection below the museum. I was like a kid in a candy store.

Interested in sharing your interest in the Museum and why you became a member? E-mail the Museum.

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