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Small Steps, Giant Lessons – Reflections on NASA Missions after Apollo

Posted in: Space Awareness

No successful space mission is a single “Hail Mary” shot to a distant point. Developing the knowledge and technologies needed to operate in space is inherently iterative. While the “firsts” in NASA history—first orbit, first lunar landing, first space station and more—stand out as milestones in America’s space exploration, the gritty work of iterating to…

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Michael Soluri – Documentary Photographer

Michael Soluri
Posted in: Space 4 U Podcast

In this episode: We meet photographer Michael Soluri. Michael tells us how he got into photography and is currently documenting behind-the-scenes NASA human and robotic space exploration missions. He explains the trust NASA and individual astronauts have put into him to tell their story through non-scripted photography. Michael documented the New Horizons mission to Pluto…

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Space Foundation Takes its Space Commerce Workshop to Huntsville

This week, the Space Foundation held another of its one-day space commerce workshops in Huntsville, Ala. The workshop was offered free to minority business owners, with the goal of addressing the most common challenges companies face in growing their business. The workshop is one of a series offered by the Space Foundation, funded by a…

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Space Foundation Discovery Center Earns TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 30, 2019) – The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent — having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The Certificate of Excellence…

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Alex Wagner – AIA Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Alex Wagner
Posted in: Space 4 U Podcast

In this episode: We meet Alex Wagner, the Aerospace Industries Association’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives and the Senior Advisor to the President. Alex joined AIA after serving nearly seven years in the Department of Defense, most recently as Chief of Staff to the 22nd Secretary of the Army. Previously, Alex managed Uber’s global policy development team.…

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Bill Barry – NASA Historian

Posted in: Space 4 U Podcast

In this episode: We meet Chief NASA Historian, Dr. Bill Barry. Bill became NASA’s sixth Chief Historian in September 2010. He began work at NASA in 2001 after retiring from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force.  Initially, he worked in NASA’s international relations office, and then served as the NASA European Representative at the…

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Scholarships Fund Space Across the Curriculum Teacher Professional Development at Space Foundation Discovery Center

Posted in: Education

Today, the Space Foundation’s annual week-long Space Across Curriculum educator professional development program started at its Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. The theme for the training is “Mission to Mars,” and is funded by two scholarships that cover participation by 26 teachers representing 16 U.S. states. The “Mission to Mars” program will provide the teachers…

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How the Space Shuttles Got Their Names

Posted in: Spotlight

Columbia (OV-102) was named after a sailing frigate launched in 1836. It was one of the first Navy ships to circumnavigate the globe. The name also was used for the Apollo 11 command module that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the first lunar landing flight in 1969. Challenger (OV-099) was named after…

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Space Foundation to Offer Free Space Commerce Workshop for Minority Business Owners

Also free to Women-Owned and Veteran-Owned businesses Presenters will discuss new space commerce business opportunities Register now for Aug. 21 workshop in Orlando COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 18, 2019) — The Space Foundation is hosting a one-day Space Commerce Training Program in Orlando, Fla., funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority…

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Space Foundation Issues Statement on the Passing of Chris Kraft, 2018 Recipient, General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2019) — Today, the Space Foundation commented on the passing of Christopher Columbus “Chris” Kraft, Jr., the first U.S. human space mission flight director, credited with establishing NASA’s Mission Control operations. Space Foundation Board Chairman Gen. William Shelton, USAF, (Ret.) issued this statement: “Chris Kraft was the recognized father of…

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