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[b]The Aerospace Legacy Foundation Congratulates the Columbia Memorial Space Center on Obtaining Additional Funding![/b]
The Aerospace Legacy Foundation of Downey, California congratulates the Columbia Memorial Space Center on obtaining $700,000 in new funding, according to the [URL=http://www.house.gov/list/press/ca34_roybal-allard/pr090311.html]press release[/URL] from Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard dated March 11,2009.
The federal funding is part of President Obama's stimulus package, called Omnibus Appropriations measure (HR-1105).
This new funding allows the [URL=http://columbiaspacescience.org/]Space Science Learning Center[/URL] to obtain new technologies and personnel for educating both young and old in the sciences surrounding us and in space.
"This is a wonderful development," ALF President Gerald Blackburn stated continuing, "This allows the center to look ahead before it's doors open, and invest in the construction of a new building to house the shuttle orbiter the city possesses".
When the Boeing plant closed in 1999, NASA left behind the first space shuttle orbiter mockup built by Rockwell, Int. in 1974. Over the years it had been updated and was toured by many thousands of people that included presidents and queens who visited Downey over the years.
"The shuttle orbiter needs to be housed and restored soon as the shuttle era is ending," stated historian James Busby, saying "to thousands in California it was their first real introduction to a spacecraft. I can think of over a dozen governors and senators who met the shuttle in Downey - including current California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator (later shuttle astronaut) John Glenn.
The new center - located at the historic site where the Apollo moon ships and space shuttle orbiters were built - is scheduled to open later this year.
About the Aerospace Legacy Foundation
For the last 75 years in Southern California, the aviation and aerospace companies were the life blood of the California economy and our nations driving force of breakthroughs in technology and science.
The legacy of their vision, hard work, and accomplishment is one worth honoring and preserving. The [URL=http://www.aerospacelegacyfoundation.com]Aerospace Legacy Foundation[/URL] exists to honor this incredible history.
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