November 26, 2004

Space Travel Becomes an Affordable Gift This Holiday Season As Tens of Thousands of People Get Ready to Spend the Year In Space in 2005

Free Shipping, Discounts Available for "The Year In Space"

Space travel--once the exclusive endeavor of astronauts and millionaires--is now an affordable reality for private citizens (and gift givers) everywhere. Even those who are a bit reluctant to leave the comfort of their own home.

For less than the cost of a pepperoni pizza, tens of thousands of would-be astronauts will visit a different celestial destination every week of the year thanks to "The Year In Space" 2005 desk calendar, an award-winning weekly calendar brimming with images and information from the past, present and future of space exploration and astronomical discovery (

In full-color full-page images, "The Year In Space" takes its readers on an out-of-this-world journey while giving them a convenient way to organize their busy lives back on Earth.

Discounts ranging from 27% to 47% off of the suggested retail price (and free U.S. shipping) are available to students, educators, NASA employees, and anyone reading this press release. The discounts also apply to employees, retirees, stockholders and affiliates of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), MD Robotics, Astronomy Magazine, The Planetary Society, and the National Space Society - all leading sponsors of the calendar.

The 53 stunning weekly images represent the full spectrum of space exploration, from the Gemini and Apollo programs all the way to the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Amazing planetary images by the Cassini Orbiter and the Mars Exploration Rovers are presented along with incredible deep space vistas taken by the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. An informative essay accompanies every image, and each weekly calendar page is filled with historic dates in space history.

Orders for "The Year In Space" can be placed on the web ( or by calling 800/736-6836. There is free standard shipping in the U.S. and rush delivery (3-5 days) is available for an additional charge.