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ASF1984
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posted 03-04-2011 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Register now for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's 2011 Spring Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia!

You can preview the catalog of 40 stellar space items and astronaut experiences and get your virtual paddle number here.

Leon Ford
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posted 03-10-2011 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just signed up for the ASF auction. They really have some nice items up for sale this time. Gemini, Apollo (lunar surface) and Shuttle flown items are all up for sale!! They have some great Astronaut Experiences for auction too. Those have been my favorite!

Hope everyone take a look and puts in a bid!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-17-2011 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation release
Astronauts Offer "Space" in Charity Auction

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) online Spring Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opens Friday, March 18, is offering bidders the chance to own rare relics that flew in outer-space and even to the Moon with hero astronauts like Buzz Aldrin, and autographed memorabilia from legends like astronaut John Glenn. All it takes is one small step to a computer to make one giant leap into this space race at the Foundation's website.

From astronaut apparel to genuine spacecraft equipment - such as segments from the Apollo 11 capsule - to astronaut autographed photos, maps and other treasures that traveled to the lunar surface, each artifact carries an astounding history. Making this auction even more unique are the eight "Astronaut Experiences" up for grabs, which give space fans the chance to live their dreams and spend one-on-one time with hero astronauts. Featured adventures include a Grand Cayman Scuba Diving Vacation with moonwalker Charlie Duke and Dinner with Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell at his exclusive restaurant, Lovell's of Lake Forest.

"More than 50 of my astronaut peers have donated their personal mementos, autographs or time to raise money for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation," said astronaut Al Worden, who donated a flag which he carried to the Moon in 1971 on his Apollo 15 flight. "We are all honored to support ASF's mission of launching the next generation to the forefront of science and technology in America."

The auction concludes March 26, 2011 at 10 PM EDT. In order to participate, bidders must register for a virtual paddle number. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

Proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3), nonprofit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, 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 motivation, imagination, and exceptional performance in these fields. ASF funds 25 $10,000 scholarships annually and has awarded over $3 million to deserving students nationwide. Today, more than 80 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs have joined in this educational endeavor.

Fezman92
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posted 03-18-2011 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Signed up a few days ago an put in a bid for something I hope I get.

ASF1984
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posted 03-18-2011 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're just as excited as you guys about the auction opening today!

You can bid, register and check out your future collection of space memorabilia here.

Leon Ford
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posted 03-18-2011 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Put in a few bids this morning. ASF has some nice items for sale!

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posted 03-21-2011 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for marsguy   Click Here to Email marsguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Run, do not walk to this auction! Okay, type as fast as your little fingers will go and your mouse will click. I am probably the grand-daddy of astronaut experiences through ASF next to brother Leon.

If you really want to get to know what an astronaut is really like, take one or several of these astronaut experiences. It will be the time of your life. It has always been great for me and my family.

I would say let me hit the highlights of my experiences, but they have all been highlights. Let me just tell you about a few things I have been able to do through the ASF auction.

Dinner with Jim and Marilyn Lovell at their restaurant in Lake Forest. Simply fabulous. Houston, we don't have a problem with that one. I'd do it again, and just might.

Living under the sea for two days and becoming an aquanaut! The highlight of which was having dinner under the sea with Mercury astronaut and Sealab II Commander Scott Carpenter. Priceless is an overworked term but if it ever applied this was it. I had to learn how to swim to do this experience, if that tells you anything about the motivation.

Scuba diving with my buddy Al Worden. Racing Nascar cars with my buddy Al Worden. Whacking a little white ball with my buddy's Al Worden and Charlie Duke. Before our golf setting I stopped at the pro shop to buy some golf balls, because you know it takes a lot of balls to play golf the way that I do as Charlie and Al will attest.

Diving in Cabo with the second man to step on the Moon, Buzz Aldrin. Truly a magical experience. Buzz has got to be the most talented scuba diver that I have ever been around.

Diving with Charlie Duke in Grand Cayman. Stingray city was a fabulous experience. On another dive we were down at 100 feet. To our right was the great abyss, nothing but dark blue. Who among us can say that they have done an EVA with the 10th man to set foot on the Moon and looked down to see 4,000 feet of nothing? If you don't think that is a rush, you better have the paramedics check for a pulse.

Jumping out of an airplane at 18,000 feet with Hoot Gibson. Gosh, the adrenaline meter was pegged on that day. I can honestly say that the first time Hoot Gibson jumped out of an airplane I was there with him all the way to the ground. I liked the skydive so much, I later did it with former astronaut Jeff Hoffman. It was even better the second time around!

Flying in John Blaha's Cessna. Oh what a feeling. John was such a fabulous host. I signed up to do it again!

Attending the re-release of "The Right Stuff" at the Egyptian Theater in Hollwood as Gordon Cooper's personal guest! Really cool to experience the red carpet, smooze with Chuck Yeager, and be a guest of Gordo's! I miss you Gordo!

Lunch with John and Annie Glenn at Ohio State University. Wow, I'm still speachless. Dinner with Wally and Jo Schirra at the Del Coronado in San Diego. Magical.

Through the ASF my family and I had personal experiences with 4 of the 7 mercury Astronauts. The only reason that we missed out on Alan, Gus, and Deke is that they left our world too soon.

I've shared as many of these experiences as I possibly could with my grand children, and I am certain that in years to come they will be in a truly small club.

I've had many more ASF experiences, but unless you want some late night reading material I better stop now.

There are times in your life when you think, I just can't do this. There are times in your life when you what you should be saying is how can I not do this? That time is now.

To the winners of the ASF auction experiences, I salute you! You will have the time of your life. Let's get together afterwards and swap stories. First drink is on me.

To the people who are on the fence as to whether they bid or not, I am here to tell you that the window of interactions with living history will not be here forever.

If you have any questions, let me know.

jerry matulka (grand-daddy of astronaut experiences)

Fezman92
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posted 03-21-2011 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well everything is out of my price range. That's what next time is for. I would love to see stuff from STS-134 at one auction.

FFrench
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posted 03-21-2011 09:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by marsguy:
Racing Nascar cars with my buddy Al Worden.
That one sounds familiar...

...and from what I recall of Jerry and his family's experience that day, it was wonderful to see the deep personal interaction with the whole family, children, etc. on a very warm level. If this day was any example, these are not impersonal meet-and-greets, they truly are a "day in the life" and enjoyable window into the life of these fascinating people.

ASF1984
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posted 03-22-2011 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to Leon, Jerry and all our other supporters for being such vocal fans of ASF! For anyone new to our auctions, you still have a little over four days to win your space! The experiences mentioned above are no exaggeration – and it's not too late to bid on yours. How would you like to go scuba diving with Charlie Duke or have lunch with the legendary Scott Carpenter? Go bid now – claim your space!

ASF1984
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posted 03-27-2011 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our Spring Semi-Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia raised over $76,000 for our scholarship program. Thanks to all those who bid!

Check out the results.

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