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Holiday Gifts for Otherworldly Tastes

November 30, 2010

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — For holiday shoppers searching for elite and unusual gifts, the sky is no longer the limit. The Astronaut Store (www.astronautstore.org), a space boutique, offers rare and priceless items not found in even the most prestigious stores on Earth. Sales from the store benefit the non-profit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

The organization boasts such unique gifts as space relics and prints signed by space legends such as the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn, and the second man to walk on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin; spacecraft models signed by heroes like Apollo 13 astronauts James Lovell and Fred Haise; and an Astronaut Autograph Club, which delivers authentic astronaut-signed photos and letters to one’s doorstep for every month of the year.

If astronauts’ autographs aren’t enough, satisfy that special someone’s ego by giving them a piece of outer space with ASF’s Space Artifact Series. The series suspends actual items that flew in space in a Lucite display and comes with a certificate signed by the astronaut who used that item. Artifacts range from Apollo heat shield segments to a map used on the Moon! Three series are available in total.

In all, the Astronaut Store showcases hundreds of rare items signed by astronaut legends covering all eras of space travel from the Mercury program to the Golden Age of Apollo to today’s Space Shuttle. The astronauts donated their signatures so that 100% of the proceeds would support the next generation of technological leaders through scholarships the ASF provides.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit 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 exceptional performance in these fields. ASF has awarded more than $3 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 321.455.7013 or visit http://www.astronautscholarship.org.

SOURCE Astronaut Scholarship Foundation


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