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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-24-2006 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Element 21 Golf Company release
February 9, 2006

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Element 21 Golf Company (E21) today reported on its plans to drive a golf ball into orbit around the Earth. E21's announcement of its "Golf Shot Around the World Mission" celebrates the 35th anniversary of Alan B. Shepard Jr., historic Apollo 14 Mission.

E21 has developed very special Scandium golf clubs that take their origins from rocket science. So it's only natural that E21 should return to space to finish what Alan B. Shepard, Jr. started with his golf shot on the Moon, proclaiming "Miles and Miles and Miles." The Apollo 14 Mission successfully ended on February 9, 1971. More information is available here.

Through the collaborative efforts of six nations and members of the NASA, Canadian, Russian space agencies and the Rocket Building Corporation Energy, every single record for distance in the golf industry will be shattered when one of the International Space Station's astronauts will hit an E21 golf ball around the world -- using an E21, pure gold plated club. E21 intends to bring the club back to Earth to contribute to a charitable cause. The "Moon Club" 6 iron played by Alan Shepard is on display at the USGA Museum in Far Hills, N.J.

E21 golf equipment is now traveling 300 miles above Earth, and have been onboard the Space Station since September 12, 2005. At 5 miles per second, the E21 Message races through the skies above the planet's 5continents, 300 million golfers and 6.5 billion people. To date it has already clocked over 63 million miles and will continue the memory of Alan Shepard for more and more millions of miles.

After launching the ball in orbit later this year, E21 intends to track the ball by use of active and passive transmitters with detailed global positioning to be available at www.e21golf.com To view the digital simulation of the Mission go here.

Element 21 Golf Company has also manufactured a very limited number of exactly the same E21 golf clubs that qualified for space travel to the International Space Station. The pure gold plated E21 Scandium clubs will be available as rare and valuable collectibles, numbered from 1 to 321. Coincidentally the E21 Scandium golf clubs are made from the same scandium alloy used in construction of the International Space Station, in applications where high strength and fatigue resistance is crucial. Gold clubs provide the same benefits in play as any other scandium golf club in E21 line up.

To view the actual club played on-board the ISS follow this link. To view pictures of 24 k gold plated collectible scandium irons that qualify for travel to the ISS, follow this link.

"Beyond the general interest audience, the Company anticipates that the 300 million strong golf community will enjoy a fascination and active interest with this event," stated E21 President and CEO, Dr. Nataliya Hearn. "The broad international exposure will play a significant role in continuing to develop awareness and demand in key international markets for our driver, irons, hybrids, wedges, putters and future products," commented Dr. Hearn.

As E21's Message generates world-wide interest, golfers will realize that hi-tech, demanding applications in space and on the ground require Scandium alloys over titanium, steel or aluminum, because of Scandium's real and tangible benefits. In recent months these benefits have landed the Company's Eagle One Scandium Tour shaft on the PGA Professional Tour. They have also resulted in the introduction of E21's new "Shock" driver at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show featuring tighter dispersion and longer drives.

Scandium metal alloy shaft technology also features innovations such as Shokblockô. Attested by two leading US orthopedic surgeons, ShokblockTM reduces the impact of vibration on hands, elbows, shoulders and the entire body of a golfer by up to 270%, compared to the leading steel shaft on the market. This reduced vibration translates to unprecedented feel of the club through impact. More and more PGA professionals are testing or playing on the PGA Tour with Scandium equipment on an unendorsed basis. E21 is driving shock waves through the industry with a Message -- The Evolution is Inevitable! Scandium metal alloy will not be an industry secret any longer.

Please go to www.e21golf.com (free e21 DVD section, under sales tab) for more information on E21's Space Launch program, as updates will become available soon.

About Element 21 Golf Company:

Element 21 Golf Company holds the exclusive rights to proprietary Scandium Metal Alloy, used in manufacture of the new driver and the scandium shafts, as well as a sophisticated multi-technology production path. Scandium Alloy is 55% lighter and offers 25% strength to weight advantage over Titanium alloys, which are the current standards of the Golf Equipment Industry. The advanced dynamics of Scandium and the material economics offer a performance-enhanced alternative to manufacturing driver clubs with Titanium, which is by far the largest segment of the annual 4 billion dollar golf equipment marketplace.


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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-22-2006 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Element 21 Golf Company release
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Element 21 Golf Company reports the announcement by Igor Panarin, spokesman for the Russian Space Agency, that a cosmonaut at the International Space Station (ISS) will play golf in outer space and in zero gravity conditions for the first time in history.

The space golf shot is scheduled for the night of November 22 at between 6 pm to 7 pm (EST) while technically a day later at 2 am - 3 am (Moscow time), paying tribute to an American astronaut Alan Shepard Jr., who played golf on the Moon in 1971 during the Apollo 14 mission.

Mr. Panarin disclosed that: "During his space walk, Mikhail Tyurin will send a ball in the direction opposite to the ISS, so the golf ball will go into its orbit safely below the space station. This was one of the conditions set by NASA to allow the longest golf shot to take place on ISS."

Tyurin's partner on the 14th international mission to the ISS, American Michael Lopez-Alegria, will photograph and videotape the moment reported RIA News Agency in Moscow today following the Russian Space Agency press conference. Major Russian newspaper MK, with circulation of about 800,000 copies a day, posted calculations suggesting several years in orbit.

Russian experts and NASA confirm that golf ball will pose no danger to the ISS or orbiting satellites. The golf ball will become one of the smallest tracked human-made satellites orbiting the earth. Its orbit will decay either after 3 days or 3.5 - 4 years in orbit, depending on whether NASA or Russian Space experts are correct.

E21 management is betting on the extensive analysis of the Russian Space Agency. Dr. Nataliya Hearn noted: "We were evaluating taking out a $75 million dollar insurance policy just to be safe. However, we're pretty confident that Mikhail won't have to take a 'mulligan.' LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Carol Mann and PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino have coached Mikhail down here on Earth. He may not be ready to break 100 on a real golf course, but we're pretty confident that he's going to break all distance records this Thanksgiving Day."


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posted 11-26-2006 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did any of you actually see a golf ball being hit?

I tried several sites to no avail.

Garry

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-26-2006 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you are looking for the video of the event itself, collectSPACE uploaded it to YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dIPf5tDuLo

If you are seeking the ball itself within the video, than yes, it is difficult to see. The footage available now is only from NASA's remote view. E21 will be releasing footage next month taken from a camera that specifically positioned to capture the golf shot...

dss65
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posted 11-26-2006 08:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Big Al's shot is still lapping it again and again and again......

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Don

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-26-2006 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed Mitchell thought that Alan Shepard would have thought E21's space shot "fun" and Shepard's first daughter, Laura, thought he might have even volunteered to do it for them...

gliderpilotuk
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posted 11-27-2006 04:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Someone asked Piers Sellers what he thought about this at the lecture in London last week.
His curt reply was "I'm not going to comment. You'll have to ask the Russian authorities about that". Says it all really.

Paul

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