Astronauts Offer Space Memorabilia in Charity Auction
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.,– The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) online Spring Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opens Friday, March 18, is offering bidders the chance to own rare relics that flew in outer-space and even to the Moon with hero astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, and autographed memorabilia from legends like astronaut John Glenn . All it takes is one small step to a computer to make one giant leap into this space race at www.astronautscholarship.org/auction.
From astronaut apparel to genuine spacecraft equipment – such as segments from the Apollo 11 capsule – to astronaut autographed photos, maps and other treasures that traveled to the lunar surface, each artifact carries an astounding history. Making this auction even more unique are the eight “Astronaut Experiences” up for grabs, which give space fans the chance to live their dreams and spend one-on-one time with hero astronauts. Featured adventures include a Grand Cayman Scuba Diving Vacation with moonwalker Charlie Duke and Dinner with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell at his exclusive restaurant, Lovell’s of Lake Forest.
“More than 50 of my astronaut peers have donated their personal mementos, autographs or time to raise money for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation,” said astronaut Al Worden , who donated a flag which he carried to the Moon in 1971 on his Apollo 15 flight. “We are all honored to support ASF’s mission of launching the next generation to the forefront of science and technology in America.”
The auction concludes March 26, 2011 at 10 PM EDT. In order to participate, bidders must register for a virtual paddle number at www.astronautscholarship.org/auction. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.
Proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3), nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury astronauts. Its mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in these fields. ASF funds 25 $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded over $3 million to deserving students nationwide. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs are helping the United States retain its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major. To date, the foundation has awarded nearly $3 million in scholarships to deserving students nationwide.. For more information: 321-455-7012 or www.AstronautScholarship.org.