Astronauts Scholarship Foundation Offer Space Artifacts In Online Charity Auction!


I am excited to announce that the Astronauts Scholarship Foundation is once again offering a unique online auction to not only get the chance to obtain space artifacts from the likes of Edgar Mitchell and John Blaha but to spend time with Fred Haise or Buzz Aldrin!

From their Press Release:
Kennedy Space Center, FL – 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 www.AstronautScholarship.org/auction.

Pick from seven amazing Astronaut Experiences, including a private tour of Kennedy Space Center with Space Shuttle astronaut Robert Crippen and a wild safari trek through Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom with Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise.

In all, 39 auction lots are up for grabs, including an Apollo 14 beta cloth that flew to the moon, signed by Apollo Moonwalker Edgar Mitchell; a lunar map signed by 14 Apollo astronauts; and a rare autographed Alan Shepard vintage lithograph. And for anyone who’s dreamed of being an astronaut, a zero gravity spacesuit worn by shuttle astronaut John Blaha on the Russian Mir Space Station is up for auction.

“The astronaut experiences offered in this auction are a great way for us astronauts to combine our hobbies with our dedication to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation,” said Apollo 16 Moonwalker and ASF Chairman Charlie Duke, who is offering a Florida Keys SCUBA trip. “This auction will generate significant funds for some of the greatest young minds in our country.”   

Register and bid at www.AstronautScholarship.org/auction. The online auction concludes March 17, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation who aids the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields. ASF funds twenty-eight $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded more than $3.2 million to students nationwide. For more information visit: http://www.astronautscholarship.org/.

I’d step on the Moon’s face to even be in the same room as the likes of Buzz Aldrin so if you happen to win something in that auction you be sure to share it with us, okay?

Astronauts Offer Space Artifacts In Online Charity Auction!


Thanks to our friends over at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for sending over this press release detailing this exciting charity auction…I mean who wouldn’t want to get the winning bid and go on a SCUBA diving adventure with the likes of Buzz Aldrin?!

“Kennedy Space Center, FL – Space artifacts are now up for grabs in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s (ASF) Fall Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opens online tomorrow and goes through September 3. Bidders will have the chance to own relics from over five decades of mankind’s journey into the unknown, including autographed items from astronaut legends like Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn. Join this space race at www.AstronautScholarship.org/auction.

The unique auction is infused with space history, boasting autographs from the Mercury 7 astronauts, a piece of the Apollo 13 command module and a shirt worn in space by shuttle astronaut Kathy Thornton. Also available are seven “Astronaut Experiences” – rare opportunities which give fans the chance to spend one-on-one time with hero astronauts. Featured adventures include a Bahamas Cruise with Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter and a Mars Rover Launch Viewing with STS-1 Pilot Robert Crippen.

“Proceeds from the auction fuel an important mission: supporting the bright, young minds who will lead America into new frontiers of science and technology by giving them the means to succeed,” said ASF Chairman and Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, who donated a schematics page which he carried to the surface of the Moon in 1972. “My fellow astronauts and I are committed to helping the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in this pursuit, offering our personal mementos, autographs and time to raise vital funds for scholarships.”

To participate, bidders must register for a virtual paddle number at www.AstronautScholarship.org/auction. The online auction concludes September 3, 2011 at 10 PM EDT. 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 twenty-six $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 have joined in this educational endeavor. For more information: 321-455-7012 or www.AstronautScholarship.org