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Space Foundation Remembers Former President George H. W. Bush

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2018) - Today, the Space Foundation family joins with the rest of America and the world in remembering and honoring the life and legacy of President George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States.

Tom Zelibor, CEO of the Space Foundation, reflected, "While much of his legacy is for his leadership in ushering in the post-Cold War era, President Bush was also an extraordinary point of light for many in the space community. His support for America's return to flight after the loss of Challenger; restart of the National Space Council; advocacy for early commercial space pioneers; push for the STEM education mission with educators and the Challenger crew families; and pioneering new efforts to explore the Moon, Mars and universe around us, are all legacies that are shaping today's space renaissance. His light, truly showed us the way for a better world and we are all the better for it. A grateful nation is truly in his debt."

Some of the notable Space Achievements of President George H. W. Bush:

  • Champion of the Challenger crew families and the Challenger Centers mission, 1986
  • Champion, Return to Flight, STS-26, 1988
  • Restart of the National Space Council, 1989
  • Numerous Presidential Directives, many paving the way for today's commercial space pioneers, 1989-1993

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Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Pictured: George H.W. Bush at Marshall Space Flight Center for a campaign event in 1987.

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