Bidding Runs Through Saturday
Do you have the 'Right Stuff' to challenge Apollo 15 Command
Module Pilot Al Worden in a NASCAR race; or the courage to jump out
of a plane with five-time Space Shuttle veteran Robert "Hoot"
If your answer is yes -- and you have a high-limit Visa card,
no-overdraft-fees checking account, or rich relatives --
now’s your chance. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF)
is offering these and 28 other coveted prizes in its Semi-Annual
Online Auction of Astronaut Memorabilia and Experiences.
Beginning Thursday, space fans everywhere will have the
opportunity to bid on memorabilia donated or autographed by more
than 40 astronauts in this much anticipated online auction.
"This auction is a fun, but vital means to raise college
scholarship funds for exceptional students pursuing science and
engineering degrees," said ASF Chairman and Apollo 15 Astronaut
Worden. "These students will help take America to the next frontier
and I am excited to have the opportunity to personally thank the
winning bidder by racing around a track in a 600 horse-powered
NASCAR style racecar at Disney World’s Richard Petty Driving
Astronauts such as John Glenn, Jim Lovell and Scott Carpenter
have delved into their personal collections to provide artifacts,
autographed items, and one-on-one experiences for this
Items include a Glenn autographed Life magazine, a segment of Fred
Haise’s Apollo 13 seat in which he flew around the moon,
famed Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins' autographed NASA
training polo shirt, and more.
Bidding will continue through Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 5:00
p.m. EDT with online and in person bidding coinciding at the
Autographica show in Birmingham, England where astronauts will be
signing for the public.
All proceeds from the auction benefit the Astronaut Scholarship
Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides scholarships
to college students who exhibit motivation, imagination, and
exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of