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Astronauts to sign autographs, but not for free

Program planned at kennedy Space Center this fall

June 17, 2009
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Move over Buck Rogers the Real Stuff is here. More than30 legendary astronauts and space icons will be available to greet guests, sign memorabilia and pose for photos at the Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC), November 7 - 8, 2009 in a celebration the whole family will enjoy.

Never before has this many astronauts gathered in one place for an autograph show. Hosted by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, the weekend offers special astronaut-hosted lunches and dinners, astronaut lectures, space-simulator rides with astronauts, photo opportunities, autograph sessions and much more!

"Guests will be immersed in ultimate space experience from the minute they arrive at Kennedy Space Center," said Linn LeBlanc, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation executive director. "Even if you don't collect autographs, the experience of meeting these American heroes and hearing their incredible stories is a lesson you never received in the classroom."

Participating astronauts range from some of the very first American astronauts that traveled to space to today's Space Shuttle astronauts, including:

A member of America's first Mercury astronaut group (one of only two still living): Scott Carpenter

Moonwalkers (six of the nine living): Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Gene Cernan, Charlie Duke, Edgar Mitchell and Dave Scott

Apollo Astronauts: Vance Brand, Walt Cunningham, Fred Haise, Jim Lovell (also flew Gemini), Rusty Schweickart and Al Worden

Space Shuttle Astronauts: Dan Brandenstein, Robert "Hoot" Gibson, Fred Gregory, Hank Hartsfield, Tom Jones, Mike McCulley, Mike Mullane, Rick Searfoss, Rhea Seddon, Winston Scott and Bob Springer

Space Icons: NASA Mercury Astronaut nurse Dee O'Hara and Apollo Pad Leader Guenter Wendt

And more.

Guests may bring their own items to be signed or purchase items at the show. Ticket packages range from $100 to $1,000 and are now available by visiting www.AstronautScholarship.org or calling 321-455-7014. Astronaut autographs are at an additional fee. SPACE is limited.

Ticket proceeds benefit the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major. The Foundation funds19 $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded $2.8 million nationwide. For more information, visit www.AstronautScholarship.org or call 321-455-7012.

 
 

 

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