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Robert Pearlman
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Blue Origin kicks off kids' space club with offer to launch postcards

Jeff Bezos is adding another title to his credit: space postmaster.

The Amazon CEO and founder of Blue Origin on Thursday (May 9) announced that his private spaceflight company has created a new program to inspire today's youth to think about their future in space. To get them started, Bezos plans to launch and return 10,000 stamped postcards with students' visions for humanity beyond Earth.

"One of the things we have to do is inspire the future generations," said Bezos during a press event where he also unveiled his own far-reaching vision for space settlement, including Blue Origin's Blue Moon lunar lander. "So today, I am announcing that Blue Origin is founding the Club for the Future, whose mission is to inspire young people to build the future of life in space."

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Update from Jeff Bezos (via Instagram):
Blue Origin founded the nonprofit Club for the Future to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM as well as help visualize life in space. For our first activity, we asked K-12 students around the world to send us postcards with their dreams of the future. We will fly the postcards on an upcoming New Shepard launch above the Kármán line into space then mail back to each student.

We've received thousands of postcards from 22 countries — and more come in every day. I've seen the messages and they are so hopeful and inspiring. We are in good hands.

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Blue Origin sends kids' postcards to space on New Shepard launch

A commercial rocket's brief trip to space and back has given new meaning to the popular postcard slogan, "Wish you were here!"

Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, launched a New Shepard rocket on a suborbital mission on Wednesday (Dec. 11), flying in part thousands of children's postcards in place of the passengers planned for future flights. The rocket mail was part of an educational project organized by Blue Origin's non-profit organization, Club for the Future.

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My son submitted a postcard to be included on the flight, and we just received it - a very quick turnaround (well, AFTER the flight, that is)!

I took the postcard template they offered for the flight and modified it a bit to keep the logo on the front and allow space for the stamp.

The "flown" stamp is on the left of the card, about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the card.

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That was fast! From launch and landing site to the post office in one day.

Here are a couple of more examples, via AndysTechGarage on Twitter:

Best gift ever!!! Andy and Eva's cards just arrived from the IAC 2019 in Washington DC via Texas and the EDGE OF SPACE courtesy of Blue Origin and Club for the Future.

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It certainly surprised me when I found it in the mailbox. I was expecting it to take at least a few weeks to arrive, given the number of cards that they indicated they received.

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Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith told GeekWire that 8,000 postcards were aboard the NS-12 launch on Dec. 11, 2019.
"We hope to do more along those lines," he said. "I don't know if it'll be every flight, but we're going to try to do as many flights as we possibly can. If we get the number of cards that we're targeting, we'll be stuffing them in every nook and cranny."

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I received my postcard that was flown on the last Blue Origin flight. Does anyone know how many were flown and why the were postmarked from El Paso?

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El Paso is the closest (about 2.5 hours) large city from Blue Origin's West Texas launch site, from where the postcards were launched and returned from space.

As noted above, 8,000 postcards flew on the NS-12 launch.

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Club for the Future At-Home Activity

As more schools around the country shift to online learning amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Blue Origin's nonprofit Club for the Future is seeking to build community during this isolated time at home by encouraging students, educators and parents to draw postcards answering the question: "What would you build in space that could help Earth?" The postcards will be flown to space on an upcoming flight of Blue Origin's fully reusable New Shepard rocket, then sent back to the participating students.

A template for creating a postcard can be downloaded here – along with mailing instructions to send a postcard to the Club For the Future to be launched into space by Blue Origin (Club For The Future, PO Box 5759 Kent, WA 98064 U.S.A). These instructions are also explained in this video:

"With Blue Origin's access to space on the New Shepard rocket, Club for the Future is able to offer students around the world the unique opportunity to send their hopes and dreams to space – for the cost of a stamp," said Josef Reinke, Club for the Future Director. "We have already flown thousands of postcards to space from students, and now they have a special flown in space keepsake that we hope inspires them to pursue their dreams."

The Club's first mission took place in December 2019, flying the first batch of thousands of postcards from students from around the world to space and back on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. After their flight, each postcard was stamped "flown in space" before being returned to students' mailboxes through the United States Postal Service.

In addition to the ongoing postcard campaign, the Club will release a suite of curriculum for students to continue STEM virtual learning in the coming weeks.

Founded in 2019 by Blue Origin, Club for the Future brings together teachers and K-12 students from around the world to engage in activities giving youth direct access to space through Blue Origin's reusable launch vehicles.

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Club for the Future release
Send your teacher a thank you note from SPACE!

Educators everywhere have been working harder than ever to transition classrooms into the virtual world — and we believe they deserve a HUGE out-of-this-world THANK YOU from all of us.

This Teachers' Day, we're inviting students and parents to write or draw a "Thank You" postcard from space to each of your teachers, administrators, and school staff for all of their hard and inspiring work. Once you have completed your drawings, mail your postcards to the Club for the Future, and we will send them to space on a future New Shepard rocket launch with Blue Origin. When your postcards return safely back to Earth, we'll mail them to your teachers for a special space-flown keepsake.

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Why do you think #EarthNeedsSpace?

Blue Origin's nonprofit, Club for the Future, is posing the question, "Why do you think Earth needs space?" to students around the world, and asking them to draw or write their idea on a postcard. The Club will fly the postcards to space and back on upcoming launches of its Blue Origin New Shepard rocket, and return each postcard to its sender with a 'Flown to Space' stamp.

The intention behind Earth Needs Space is to give students, parents, and educators a meaningful way to engage in STEM activities while at home during the pandemic and beyond, access to Club for the Future and Blue Origin's direct expertise, and open numerous pathways for discussions about the benefits of space for Earth—from leveraging in-space resources and a new frontier for humanity to grow, to exploration, scientific discovery, and hope for the future.

Click here to learn more about the Club and how to submit your own postcard. Follow @clubforfuture on Instagram and Twitter, as well as the hashtag #EarthNeedsSpace.

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Another batch of postcards will fly on Blue Origin's New Shepard Mission 13 (NS-13), including some with additional ink stamp:
Also on board will be tens of thousands of postcards from Blue Origin's nonprofit, Club for the Future, some of which will include a special NASA Artemis stamp.

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Club for the Future release
Club for the Future expands collaborations with leading STEM organizations

Club for the Future sent more than 25,000 postcards to space and back today onboard Blue Origin's New Shepard vehicle. Postcards came from students and classrooms in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, bringing the total number of countries participating in the program to more than 100, spanning seven continents. All postcards are returned to each person with a "Flown to Space" and NASA Artemis stamp.

In addition to giving students direct access to space through Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket, the Club has expanded its collaborations with several leading STEM organizations to integrate the Postcards-to-Space program into education initiatives, as well as supported the development of space-focused curriculum and activities.

Highlights include collaborations with the Challenger Center to develop Destination Moon, a virtual STEM experience for 7th and 8th graders to take a virtual trip to the Moon and explore the lunar surface; Microsoft Hacking STEM to enable students to use a free interactive data science project to investigate how data powers our astronauts, our space missions, and our world; and Project Ianos, a STEM education initiative funded by NASA to develop videos, curriculum, and hands-on learning tools focused on the past, present, and future of human spaceflight for 5th to 8th graders.

Additionally, the Club's partnership with Florida-based nonprofit STEM2 Hub on Dream Big Florida, an initiative to bring every student in Florida access to space, will extend into the 2021-2022 school year.

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My son received his postcard back today, flown on the NS-18 flight. It has the Blue Origin "Flown To Space" blue rubber stamp and mailed on Oct. 27th from Seattle, Washington.

It got me thinking, could we crowd source a list of dates and mailing locations for the postcards based on ones that have been received back by cS members and/or their families.

  • NS-12: El Paso, TX on December 12, 2019.
  • NS-13: El Paso, TX on October 22-24, 2020.
  • NS-14:
  • NS-15:
  • NS-16:
  • NS-17:
  • NS-18: Seattle, WA on October 21 or 27, 2021.

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When did your son mail his in? I am curious what the lag time could look like, though surely it will vary greatly with launch cadence and volume of participation.

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I received my postcards yesterday and they are signed with a stamp "FLOWN TO SPACE * ON NEW SHEPARD * BLUE ORIGIN" (without specifying the mission number) and the date of mailing from Seattle is October 21, 2021.

How do I know on which mission they flew?

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
Send a Postcard to Space

Dec. 21, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Club for the Future, founded by Blue Origin, have joined to send your Postcards to Space for free. During your visit, adorn and address a postcard at the following locations. Then, your postcard will fly on a future 2022 Blue Origin mission (date TBD).

Create, theme and decorate your postcards by visiting the following areas:

  • NASA Central Outside of the Space Shop
    Dec. 21 through Jan. 2 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

  • Holidays in Space Holiday Village
    Dec. 17-31 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Guests will then drop their postcard in the official Payload Locker (Space Shop) or official box (Village) to fly to space on a future Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. Once flown it will be officially stamped "Flown to Space" and returned.

This experience is included with daily admission and postcards are no additional cost.

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Has anyone heard when they are planning for the next mission flight?

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Blue Origin said this week that it expects to double the number of people it flies to space this year with six-person crews becoming the norm, but the company has yet to announce a schedule for beginning those launches.

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