2021 Outreach & Service Award Pin & Certificate Information
New NSN outreach award pins and certificates are here for your club's hardworking outreach volunteers! Make sure that your club is eligible for pin orders and get ready to award your members for their service. Find details below on:
  • Club eligibility requirements to receive three (3) free outreach award pins
  • How to order additional astronomy outreach award pins for your club's volunteers
  • Download, customize, and print the associated award certificate 
  • Deadlines for submitting reports and ordering pins.

This Year's Theme: Perseverance and Ingenuity on Mars!

Earlier in 2021, NASA's latest mission to Mars survived another tense "7 minutes of terror" and landed successfully on the dusty surface of the red planet. This time, the landing brought two notable robot explorers: Perseverance, a nuclear-powered rover tasked with studying the surface of Mars around Jezero Crater, and Ingenuity, a small helicopter and handy scout for Perseverance's exploration that became the first powered  and controlled flight on another world. From their initial launch and landing watch parties to frequent updates from the surface of Mars, these two robots inspire people of all ages around the world during a difficult time here on Earth - which is why this iconic duo are the featured design for this year's award pins!  Inspiration comes from humans here on Earth, too; how many future Martians have you inspired during your outreach efforts in 2021?

Eligibility for Award Pins
This year, like last year, our requirements are loosened a bit to reflect the challenging nature of this year's outreach conditions. Member clubs whose members performed and reported on just (2) or more club events in 2021 using the NSN event management system are qualified to receive pins. These events can be in-person or online. Please note that just scheduling club events to the calendar is not enough; reports must be added to the events afterwards, in order to quality. 

We do hope that you also report the use of any related NSN toolkit materials or related NASA resources in the event log as well, but that additional requirement is not necessary for pin eligibility this year. We have tips on how to add reports to an event using the NSN's online event log system here. We also have tips on how to add events, so that you can then submit reports, here! Please note  that orders from clubs that do not qualify will be refunded.

photo of the outreach award pin featuring stylized images of the Mars rover and helicopter. Round pin with NIGHT SKY NETWORK STAR 2021 in text.

3 Free Pins

Every club that qualifies will automatically receive three (3) free pins. These free pins will be shipped to your club's preferred shipping address after the order period has concluded (as listed in your Club's NSN settings under Edit Club-Shipping Address). 
If your club is qualified and will not be ordering additional pins, you can submit your request on the order form to receive the pins earlier. 

Additional pins can be ordered for $2.00 each after completing our initial order form. Shipping is free! PayPal, credit cards, and checks are all accepted. Qualified clubs can order award pins for your club's outreach via the following form: https://bit.ly/pinorder2021

Shipping Dates and Deadlines 

Pin orders will ship to qualified clubs within a week of ordering, except during major holidays. Please let us know if you have a need for urgent shipping of pins As the NSN staff will be out during the holidays, early notice for urgent orders is much appreciated.

Pins must be ordered by March 31, 2022, and all qualified clubs who do not specifially order pins will be shipped their three free pins by April 2022. Quantities are limited; pins are not guaranteed for orders past this date, though you can certainly request additonal if needed!

Certificate Downloads

image of new NSN Astronomy Outreach Award Certificate

We have customizable award certificates that you can print to accompany these pins available for download. We recommend saving your choice of certificate to your computer and  using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file, to prevent possible issues customizing them for your members. There are three varieties of certificate: color, black and white, and borderless for use with custom certificate paper.

If you have any questions, please let us know at nightskyinfo@astrosociety.org. Thank you again!

Last Updated: October 5, 2021

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