Kennedy Space Center, FL – An online auction, featuring space artifacts that have flown as far as the moon, opened its registration today at http://www.astronautscholarship.org/auction.pl and posted its online catalog.
The auction, which benefits the nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, is comprised of 30 lots of memorabilia donated by hero astronauts, including many Apollo legends. Items include an American flag which flew to the moon aboard Apollo 14, a Command Module Hand Controller, hero astronaut autographed prints and more!
Nowhere else in the world have 40 American icons come together to offer such extraordinary items or their signatures for such a worthy cause. All auction proceeds go directly to support the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation’s mission of offering scholarships to top science and engineering college students pursuing degrees in science and technology. To date the Foundation has dispersed more than $2.8 million to students nationwide.
Online bidding opens on September 4, 2009, 9 AM EDT and closes on September 12, 2009, 5 PM EDT. Interested persons are required to register to receive a virtual paddle number before bidding. Winning bids, over fair market value, will be considered a charitable donation.
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury astronauts. Its mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in these fields. ASF funds 19 $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded more than $2.8 million to deserving students nationwide. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs have joined in this educational endeavor. For more information, call 321-455-7012 or log on to www.AstronautScholarship.org.