Report from Headquarters

Autographed Space Shuttle Art Auction Opens

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Own a strikingly beautiful matted and framed original Space Shuttle art print autographed by Space Shuttle Commanders and support Space Foundation education programs.

The Space Foundation is auctioning six original works of art based on NASA Space Shuttle photography - one for each of the Space Shuttle vehicles. The auction benefits Space Foundation education programs by funding STARS classroom-enrichment programs and scholarships for teachers to attend Space Across the Curriculum courses.

The online auction is open and there will also be sites at the 27th National Space Symposium, April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., where attendees can bid.

The auction complements two 27th National Space Symposium events that recognize the 30th anniversary of the first orbital launchand serve as a closing tribute to the Space Shuttle program, which is scheduled to end this year. The Industry Salutes the Space Shuttle luncheon and the Shuttle Commanders' Forum (part of the Symposium's general session agenda) will both be held on April 12, the actual 30th anniversary of the first orbital launch. For more information on the Symposium and the luncheon, click here.

About the Artwork
Each original 18" X 24" Giclée fine art print is produced using museum-quality archival inks and paper to resist fading and weathering. They will be signed, matted and framed. The artwork, shown at right, is based on original NASA photography of the Space Shuttles Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. Bidding will start at $500 per print or $2,800 for the complete set. The posters, unframed art and postcards will use the same design.

About the Commanders
Each art print is autographed by two Space Shuttle commanders:

  • Enterprise: autographed by Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle, USAF (Retired), former Enterprise, Columbia and Discovery commander, and Fred Haise, Jr., former Apollo 13 astronaut and Enterprise commander
  • Columbia: autographed by Col. Eileen Collins, USAF (Retired), and Col. Tom Henricks, USAF (Retired), both former commanders of the Columbia and Discovery
  • Challenger: autographed by CAPT Robert Crippen, USN (Retired), and VADM Richard Truly, USN (Retired), both former commanders of the Challenger
  • Discovery: autographed by CAPT Frank Culbertson, USN (Retired), and CAPT Frederick Hauck, USN (Retired), both former Discovery commanders
  • Atlantis: autographed by Col. Frederick Gregory, USAF (Retired), former Atlantis and Discovery commander, and Col. Brewster Shaw, Jr., USAF (Ret.), former Atlantis and Columbia commander.
  • Endeavour: autographed by CAPT Daniel Brandenstein, USN (Retired), former Endeavour, Columbia and Discovery commander, and Col. Brian Duffy, USAF (Retired), former Endeavour and Discovery commander.

About Space Foundation Education Programs
The Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals - and building the overall technological strength of the nation - through a wide variety of programs that stimulate students' interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A key component of the program is our Space Across the Curriculum courses, week-long teacher professional development classes that focus on national standards and STEM principles. The courses are held at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs. The experiential, hands-on courses offer PreK-12 educators with space-related knowledge and lessons that are instantly transferable to the classroom. Participants can earn continuing education credits or graduate credits that apply towards master's degrees in multiple related disciplines. For more information, click here.

The Space Foundation's NEW HORIZONS community-centered science enrichment program infuses STEM education into a community through student programs, teacher workshops, field trips, town-hall meetings and astronaut and space professional visits. And, the STARS Program is a hands-on student science enrichment program that is customized to meet schools' specific academic needs. The highly regarded Space Foundation Teacher Liaison program is in its eighth year and has 360 active participants - all educators with a passion for space who want to inspire the next generation of students to pursue and excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

The auction will support teacher scholarships for Space Across the Curriculum courses this summer and fund STARs programs for the 2011-212 school year.

For more information on Space Foundation education programs, click here.

This article is part of Space Watch: April 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 4).