Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

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Skylab Anniversary Dinner To Benefit ASF

The Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration, a dinner and panel discussion to benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), will be held at Kennedy Space Center’s Apollo/Saturn V Center on Sat. July 27 at 7 p.m. Eight Skylab astronauts are slated to attend the dinner and participate in a panel discussion about living and conducting groundbreaking scientific experiments aboard the world’s first space station. They are: Alan Bean, Commander, Skylab 3 Gerald Carr, Commander, Skylab 4 Owen Garriott, Science Pilot, Skylab 3 Ed Gibson, Science Pilot, Skylab 4 Joseph Kerwin, Science Pilot, Skylab 2 Jack Lousma, Pilot, Skylab 3 Bill Pogue, Pilot, …

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ASF Announces Board Changes

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) announced the election of space shuttle astronaut Dan Brandenstein as chairman of its board of directors and Orlando business owner Lisa Schott as vice chairman, a development that marks two firsts for the nonprofit: Brandenstein as the first shuttle-era astronaut to become chair, and Schott as the first non-astronaut to assume a leadership role on the board. Newly elected members of ASF’s board of directors include space shuttle astronaut Richard Covey and Joseph Han, a principal scientist working at an energy storage start-up in San Jose. Both Schott and Han are Astronaut Scholars. Schott was …

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Astronaut Charity Seeks Gala Sponsors


Sponsorships Support STEM Students, Include Stellar Benefits With the star-studded 2013 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala coming to Kennedy Space Center on April 19, now is the time for corporations looking to expand their reach in the aerospace and commercial spaceflight industries to sign on as sponsors. The event, which supports the nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) mission to aid the U.S. in retaining its world leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing scholarships to exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields, is a black-tie affair honoring astronauts Curt Brown, Eileen Collins and Bonnie …

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Space Auction Features Astronaut Adventures, Rare Artifacts

Buzz Aldrin Astronaut Experience to Benefit ASF

Charity Event Raises Funds to Support U.S. STEM Students KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia opens at 9 a.m. (EST) today at The online charity auction features seven astronaut-accompanied adventures as well as 36 lots of rare, flown-in-space and autographed collectibles. Treasures up for grabs include a Greek flag that journeyed to the moon with Command Module Pilot Al Worden on Apollo 15, a NASA-issued Fisher “Space Pen” used aboard the Skylab space station by astronaut Bill Pogue, and a genuine radio cable from an apparatus worn by mission …

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Astronauts Offer Adventures In Line With Top Trip Trends

Charity Space Auction Includes Seven Remarkable Astronaut Experiences KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Adventure-seekers scouring the Web in search of unique “things-to-do” need look no further than Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opens Thurs., March 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern at The seven exclusive Astronaut Experiences being offered line up with many of 2013’s top predicted vacation trends, which include river cruises, outdoor adventures, and “unique experiences.” ASF’s auction features a private Chesapeake Bay cruise aboard the “Sea Toy,” the 43-foot vessel owned and captained by space shuttle astronaut Fred Gregory, …

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Astronaut Charity Space Auction Supports Science Education

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Registration is now open for a charity space auction that gives bidders the chance to bring Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge (actor LeVar Burton) to their kid’s classroom, own materials used in a lunar lander on the Moon, or snag a pair of vintage astronaut boots. The nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is offering these items and more in its 10th Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia whose catalog debuted online today at In all, 60 lots are up for grabs including items from such legends as Mercury 7 astronaut John Glenn, Apollo …

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Celebrity Astronauts Offer SPACE in Charity Auction

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Now you can find out what it’s like to experience the life of an astronaut when you win the chance to spend the day with a legendary one as part of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia, which opened online today at Forty-two lots of space memorabilia dating back from the early days of Mercury are on the auction block, such as launch pad White Room closeout gloves used on the actual Gemini XII mission in 1966; an international flag flown to the Moon aboard Apollo 15 in …

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Astronaut Scholarships Award $220,000 to New Scholars

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is proud to announce its award of $220,000 in college scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year. Astronauts from the early days of NASA through the Space Shuttle program, along with foundation and academic leadership, have chosen 22 of the best and brightest students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to receive $10,000 each to support their studies. “Our Astronaut Scholars are some of the best STEM students in the country,” said Apollo 16 Moonwalker and ASF Chairman Charlie Duke. “It’s a privilege to add 22 new scholars to …

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Sponsors Sought for Astronaut Induction Gala

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Sponsorships are now available for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s star-studded 2012 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Gala on May 4 at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The gala offers the opportunity to rendezvous with more than 40 American space legends such as Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and James Lovell for a delectable four-course meal under a restored Saturn V rocket. All sponsors will receive recognition through name and logo display on ASF marketing materials, mailings and advertisements. They will all receive local, regional, national and international media exposure to include press releases, pre-event announcements, promotional …

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Last Chance to Blast Off on Astronaut Experiences through Charity Auction

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Only one day remains to bid on spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime adventures with America’s space heroes in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) 2012 Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences and Memorabilia, which closes online tomorrow at 10 p.m. EDT at Bidders can claim one of seven amazing opportunities that will drive family and friends crazy with jealousy! What’s a better story for Thanksgiving than the tale of your own private dinner with Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin at the luxurious Polo Lounge in Los Angeles talking moon rocks while drinking Scotch on the rocks? If fine dining …

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Apollo Astronauts Offer a Blast in Online Charity Auction

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Sip from vintage cocktails over dinner at the glamorous Beverly Hills’ Polo Lounge with Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin or grab a front row seat and VIP access to the action-packed Coke Zero 400 with one of only 12 men who have left footprints on the Moon. These once-in-a-lifetime opportunities are just a sampling of what several legendary astronauts are offering in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) online charity auction that opened today at Pick from seven amazing Astronaut Experiences, including a private tour of Kennedy Space Center with Space Shuttle astronaut Robert Crippen …

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Astronaut Club Offers the ‘Write Stuff’ for the Holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2011 Contact: Beth Higdon 321.455.7013 Kennedy Space Center, FL — Remember when receiving mail was fun? Then create that memory again for someone you love by signing them up for the ultimate ‘of the month’ club — the Astronaut Autograph Club. Imagine their delight when they rush to the mailbox each month to claim their autographed photo and personalized letter from some of America’s most famous astronauts! Beginning today, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization, has made available only 350 memberships to its 2012 Astronaut Autograph Club at, as a means to …

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Astronauts Prepare for Landing at Autograph Show

IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2011 Contact: Beth Higdon 321-455-7013 Kennedy Space Center, FL — More than 30 legendary astronauts will descend on Kennedy Space Center, FL November 5-6, for the world’s largest Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show. Tickets are now available online at The show’s roster boasts hero astronauts and space icons including Mercury 7 astronaut Scott Carpenter, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Apollo 13 astronauts Fred Haise and Jim Lovell, to name a few, who will all gather for a star-studded weekend. In addition to autograph sessions, guests will have access to exclusive photo opportunities, a …

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Astronauts Help Elite Students Take “Giant Leap” in Education

Astronaut Fred Gregory with University of Arizona scholar Cameron Upchurch.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Space explorers from the early days of NASA through the Space Shuttle program are helping America rocket into the future by providing scholarships for outstanding students. In 2011, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is giving more than any previous year, awarding 26 scholarships totaling $260,000 to exceptional college students around the country. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) college students based solely on merit. A scholarship committee comprised of academic professionals, astronauts and previous Astronaut Scholarship recipients reviewed top candidates from each …

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Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Elects New Board of Directors

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2011 Contact: Beth Higdon 321-455-7013 Kennedy Space Center, FL — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is proud to announce its 2011 – 2012 Board of Directors and Board of Trustees who were selected at its recent annual Board of Directors meeting. Members of each board will serve a one-year term, working together to further the Foundation’s mission of aiding the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to exceptional college students. New officers are as follows: Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke has been elected Chairman and will lead …

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ASF 2011 OMEGA Gents’ and Ladies’ Watch Raffle

Worden places a long-distance call to Gents’ watch winner Richard Hooper of Australia

Once again, the OMEGA/Swatch Group generously donated two luxury watches, a Gents’ Speedmaster and a Ladies’ Constellation, to be raffled off during the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Hall of Fame Induction Gala to raise funds for its scholarship program. Raffle tickets were offered online and at the gala, where the drawing took place on May 6, 2011. During an evening of red carpet glitz and glamour, Apollo astronauts Walt Cunningham and Al Worden took the stage to select the lucky winners. First up was the Ladies’ watch, won by Shelly Herman, who was present at the Gala. Next was the …

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