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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-03-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Florida Today reports that the Space Walk of Fame Foundation has begun fund raising for its Space Shuttle Monument to stand in Space View Park in Titusville.
Dozens of astronauts, former Kennedy Space Center directors, community leaders and aerospace companies are behind an effort to build a $500,000 granite Shuttle Monument that would take its place near the other space monuments that dot the park.

"We want a complete set," said Charlie Mars, president of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation, which is helping coordinate fundraising efforts.

The six-sided black granite base of the planned monument will feature scenes of workers doing various aspects of shuttle processing. The top, made of stainless steel, will have a shuttle design, surrounded by a triangle resembling the mission patch of STS-1 -- the first shuttle flight in 1981, on orbiter Columbia, commanded by John Young and piloted by Robert Crippen.

Young and Crippen are among the monument's supporters, along with such noted astronauts as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two astronauts to walk on the moon; and Eileen Collins, the first female shuttle commander.

Mars said about $60,000 has been raised so far, much of it from local space contractors and from former and current space-industry workers...

Among the scenes to be depicted on the monument, Mars said, are workers installing heat-resistant tiles, stacking the solid-rocket boosters, maintaining the main engines, putting new equipment in the payload bay and performing control-room operations.

To purchase, for $100 apiece, an engraved black-granite name plaque honoring a person who now or previously worked on the shuttle program, call 321-264-0434 or go to spacewalkoffame.com.

Robert Pearlman
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Florida Today reports that ATK has donated $10,000 to the Space Walk of Fame for its Space Shuttle Monument.
Officials with space shuttle contractor ATK, in town last week for the launch of space shuttle Discovery, brought something with them that pleased leaders of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation: a check for $10,000.

The donation will allow the foundation to start construction of a monument in a downtown Titusville park to recognize shuttle workers. It is the largest single contribution to date for the project, surpassing the $5,000 donated by main shuttle contractor United Space Alliance, according to U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation President Charlie Mars...

With ATK's contribution, about $75,000 has been raised to date for the $500,000 project, largely from contributions of $100 each by current and former shuttle workers buying personalized black granite name plaques that will appear on the monument's adjacent pylons, Mars said.

Robert Pearlman
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The first of the Space Walk of Fame's Space Shuttle monument pylons has now been installed. The pylons display the names of shuttle program workers.

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Glad to see this going up. These folks deserve their moment in the Florida sunshine! I was proud to add my nephew's name to the list when I was in Titusville for the ASF show.

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Florida Today reports that fundraising for the space shuttle monument is lagging.
Only about $120,000 of the estimated $300,000 project cost has been raised so far, said Charlie Mars, president of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation and Space Museum in Titusville.

Mars’ organization coordinated fundraising for monuments to the three earlier major U.S. manned space programs — Mercury, Gemini and Apollo — and is doing the same for the shuttle program.

“It’s very much slower than we thought,” he said. “We’ve had a difficult time interesting the workers who have been out there over the last 10 years.”

In all, about 500 people have paid $100 apiece for a black-granite nameplate that will include their name and employer, raising $50,000 for the project. That’s about a quarter of a percent of the 200,000 people Mars estimates have worked for NASA and its contractors on the shuttle program during the past three decades.

In addition, about $70,000 has been raised for the project from space-related companies, foundations and other fundraising projects. The top contributors so far include The Boeing Co., Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex operator Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, main shuttle contractor United Space Alliance and the Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation Inc. of Milwaukee, whose founders are affiliated with a real estate development company, Mars said.

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