Fayette County

Kentucky’s ‘Mars czar’ to be honored June 22

The Kentucky Society of Washington will recognize professor G. Scott Hubbard with the Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian Award at its biennial Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian dinner on June 22 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Proceeds from the dinner support the Henry Clay Internship in Public Policy.

Hubbard, in his 40-odd year career, shepherded the NASA Mars Exploration Program and is known as the “Mars czar.” The Elizabethtown native served NASA for 20 years, both in Washington and as the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California.

“As a native Kentuckian, I am deeply honored by this award. During my boyhood in Elizabethtown, I dreamed of space travel and have been very fortunate to see it come true,” said Hubbard.