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Spaceflight Academy

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Spaceflight Academy will be a hands-on, interactive exhibit in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, which will educate, entertain, and inspire Museum visitors on the subjects of astronaut training, the physics of space travel, living and working in space, and the future of space exploration. It will be an extraordinary environment for the more than 500,000 visitors to the Museum each year, including some 150,000 school children, who can't wait to be inspired by the thrill of space.  

 

Dear Fellow Museum of Flight Supporter,

As a child growing up in Kingston, Washington, space travel was the stuff of science fiction. But thanks to my University of  Washington education, my career in the Navy, and my drive to be a part of NASA’s newly formed astronaut corps in the 1960s, I was honored to fly in space not once, but twice—as part of the Gemini and Apollo programs.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance of showing today’s youth that with hard work, a strong education, and the right inspiration, anything is possible. The Museum of Flight is a place where all of that happens. The Museum not only honors the amazing accomplishments of spaceflight pioneers, and educates the public about the history and technology of spaceflight, but it also opens the doors of opportunity to young people and lets them know that the dream of being an astronaut is not as
farfetched as it may seem.

The Museum already has several impressive exhibits showcasing the history of human spaceflight. Visitors can see an Apollo Command Module and walk aboard the ISS Destiny Module. They can explore the phenomenal career of my buddy Pete  Conrad. They can walk in the footsteps of more than 300 astronauts in the Space Shuttle Trainer and see the moon rock collected during the Apollo 12 mission that I presented to the Museum in 2005. And now I ask you to help The Museum of Flight take the next step in exhibiting the wonders of space exploration—Spaceflight Academy.

Spaceflight Academy will be a hands-on, interactive exhibit in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, which will educate, entertain, and inspire Museum visitors on the subjects of astronaut training, the physics of space travel, living and working in space, and the future of space exploration. It will be an extraordinary environment for the more than 500,000 visitors to the Museum each year, including some 150,000 school children, who are just waiting to be inspired by the thrill of space exploration.

To make your gift online, please visit our donation form.

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Gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.

Thank you for your generous and continued support of Spaceflight Academy and The Museum of Flight – and thank you for helping to inspire the next generation of explorers, innovators, and adventurers.

Sincerely,

Richard Gordon, Capt., USN (RET)
Gemini XI
Apollo 12
Museum of Flight Pathfinder, 2002
Museum of Flight Space Committee Member