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Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Benefits Us All — Thank You!

by Space Foundation Director – Philanthropy Gina Taranto Serving our Country, Supporting our Communities The Space Foundation is honored to be a participating charity in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the official workplace giving campaign of the Federal government. CFC is a wonderful program that has had significant impact on thousands of charities for more…

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Calling all (space) startups!

by Micah Walter-Range, Space Foundation Director – Research & Analysis In mid-August 2016, the Space Foundation hosted its second annual Space Technology & Investment Forum (pictured) in San Francisco, bringing together startups, investors, and established space companies. Much of the discussion centered around how to support the continued improvement of technology for space, whether by…

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Growing an Organic Workforce

by Bryan DeBates, Space Foundation Vice President – Education The United States is in trouble. According to the May 2016 jobs report (CNN Money) there were 5.8 million job openings that month that went unfulfilled. This is an indication that employers can’t find enough qualified individuals to fill those openings. Let’s take a closer look…

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Patti Grace Smith (1947-2016)

by Lon Levin, Director Emeritus and Former Chairman, Space Foundation In September 1963, twelve African American teenagers dared to integrate the Tuskegee High School in Macon County, Alabama. Defying Governor George Wallace’s proclamation of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever” and the guns of the Alabama State Troopers surrounding the building, these kids, with…

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Announcing the Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame

by Gina Taranto, Space Foundation Director – Philanthropy I’m from Colorado, born and raised. And, admittedly, those of us who puff out our chest and proudly boast, “I’m a native,” do have a bit of an ego when it comes to our state. But for good reason! Our state is simply incredible. We have some…

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Space, where are we now and where are we going?

Excerpted from a speech by Shelli Brunswick, Space Foundation Chief Operating Officer, delivered on March 30, 2016, at a meeting of the National Association of Professional Women. Today, I’m going to talk about where we are in the space race, because it’s still a race. Lots of other countries are getting into space, and lots of…

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The Space Education of a Foreign Service Officer

by William V. Parker, Space Foundation Special Advisor – International Affairs Reporting for duty at Offutt Air Force Base, to assume the position of Foreign Affairs Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander of United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), was an immediate shock. Having served as a Foreign Service Officer (diplomat) for over 31 years, my previous…

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Pushing the Envelope

by Kevin Cook, Space Foundation Vice President – Marketing & Communications It’s amazing what a small group can accomplish. There are hundreds of thousands of people working in the global space industry. Without a doubt it is an impressive line-up of scientists, physicists, engineers, mathematicians and myriad specialists. Still, this represents no more than a…

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The Year of the Monkey & Japan's Space Efforts

by Brendan Curry, Space Foundation Vice President – Washington Operations For decades, Japan has had a vibrant and dynamic space program. The Japanese Space Exploration Agency (JAXA) is doing some fascinating work in space to improve life on Earth and to help us better understand the larger universe around us. Recently, I was lucky enough…

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What Gene Roddenberry Taught Me About Partnership

by R. Dan Jones, Space Foundation Special Advisor – Latin American Affairs As we enter 2016, preparations for the Sunjammer Cosmic Archive mission are in full swing. This deep space mission will validate large-scale solar sail technology and provide a final space flight for Gene Roddenberry, Majel Roddenberry, James “Scotty” Doohan and the remains of…

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