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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-20-2014 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Ice Bucket Challenge is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting the ALS Association to advance research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

As of today (Aug. 20), the challenge has resulted in $31.5 million in donations.

The challenge dares those nominated to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured over their heads, or make a donation instead (in some versions, the donation amount is decreased if the challenge is accepted and many participants have both donated and been drenched).

Many celebrities have participated, raising the profile of the challenge, including Bill Gates, Stephen Spielberg and George Takei.

Several space personalities have taken part, too. For example, Buzz Aldrin:

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk:

Jeff Bezos, Blue Origin CEO and F-1 engine finder:

Astronaut Clay Anderson also took part, which you can see on Facebook.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-20-2014 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And, oh yes, one more space-related participant — here's Space Center Houston public relations manager Jack Moore:

He challenged astronaut JR Reilly and... who's that? Oh. (Watch this space.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2014 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly took the challenge, nominating his astronaut twin brother Scott in the process:

As did the entire Virgin Galactic team:

And so did this guy...

Kite
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posted 08-22-2014 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's real cool Robert!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-25-2014 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! One of the three I nominated, Richard Garriott, posted his video over the weekend. Here he is with his family (and his Soyuz seat liner):

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-25-2014 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another of my nominees, Tariq Malik of Space.com (with a cameo by Miriam Kramer) took the challenge today:

carl walker
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And from Europe...

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