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Space Foundation, SPACE.com and Space News unite to raise funds for France schools

12/17/2001

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 18, 2001) -- The Space Foundation, SPACE.com and Space News (a subsidiary of SPACE.com) have joined forces to establish the "Toulouse Schools' Disaster Relief Fund," an effort to raise money towards rebuilding recently damaged schools in southern France. On September 21, a massive chemical factory explosion in Toulouse killed 29 and injured nearly 3,000, damaging more than 20,000 buildings including 80 schools that will require renovation. Nearly 300 businesses have yet to re-open.

"Much has transpired since September 11, and while our attentions have rightly been focused on relief efforts in New York and Washington, D.C., one of the most dramatic and tragic events in the space community took place in Toulouse," said Elliot G. Pulham, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Space Foundation. "We hope you'll join this effort to speed the recovery of one of the world's most prominent space cities."

For the next 10 months, donations will be accepted to assist with the rebuilding effort in Toulouse. A check will then be presented on behalf of the world space community to the city of Toulouse at the opening of the 2002 International Space Symposium, scheduled September 10-13 in Toulouse.

To assist in this effort, you may donate on-line at the Foundation's homepage: www.spacefoundation.org, or by mailing a check - made payable to the "Space Foundation Toulouse Schools' Fund" - to the Space Foundation at 2860 S. Circle Drive, Suite 2301, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80906, USA. In addition, the Space Foundation will donate $500 to the Toulouse fund on behalf of all companies who exhibit at the 2002 International Space Symposium.

The Space Foundation is one of the world's leading space organizations, supporting industry leaders, space professionals, and educators in their efforts to promote all facets of space. For more information about the Foundation and its activities visit www.spacefoundation.org or call toll-free 1-800-691-4000.

SPACE.com, the definitive space web site, offers the richest and most compelling content, featuring news, information, technology, science, business, entertainment and an education channel. Space News, published by SPACE.com, is the premiere business-to-business international newsweekly, dedicated entirely to the space industry. Visit www.space.com or www.space.com/spacenews for more information.

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