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John W. Young: Pioneering Astronaut and Ninth Man on the Moon, Dies at 87


ORLANDO – John Watts Young, a naval aviator and test pilot who later became the first person to fly in space six times from earth, and seven times counting his lunar liftoff, died Friday evening, January 5, 2018. He was 87 years old. Young flew on Gemini 3 and 10, orbited the moon on Apollo 10, walked on the moon on Apollo 16, and commanded two space shuttle missions, STS-1 and STS-9. John Young was born on September 24, 1930, in San Francisco, California. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering with highest honors from Georgia Institute …

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Astronaut Mike Collins to Give Keynote Address at Innovators Gala


Apollo 11 command module pilot, astronaut Mike Collins, will be the keynote speaker at the Innovators Gala to be held September 16, 2017, at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C. Collins will headline the event introducing the 45 members of the 2017-2018 Astronaut Scholar class and the first recipient of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence. Attendees at the Innovators Gala will have the unique opportunity of hearing from Collins, who served as command pilot for the Gemini X mission in 1966 and command module pilot for Apollo 11 in 1969. The event is highlighted by the presentation of the …

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Inaugural Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence Honoree Announced

Patrick T. Biltgen, Ph.D., was named the first winner of the Neil Armstrong Award of Excellence. The award is named for the pioneering astronaut and recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the personal character and professional achievement of Armstrong and his astronaut colleagues.The award is presented to a former Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) scholar whose research and work has had a positive impact on the industry and who embodies a passion for expanding the boundaries of exploration through science and technology. “Dr. Biltgen represents the best qualities of our Astronaut Scholars, not only achieving professional excellence but for his commitment …

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Scholar Spotlight: Astronaut Scholar Matthew Hurst


Astronaut Scholar Matthew Hurst, class of 2016, was the prototypical youngster who thought engineering was “cool.”  Today, he is one of the “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties to watch,” according to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Avionics (AIAA), and Aviation Week magazine. “I’ve always been interested in problem solving, the classic kid interested in engineering,” Hurst said. “In high school and college, I knew I wanted to do engineering. I’ve always had a fascination with planes and space. I’ve moved from thinking they were cool as a kid to wanting to understand it as an adult.” The work …

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Scholar Spotlight: Astronaut Scholar Nadia Abuelezam

Dr. Nadia Abuelezam and a team of fellow researchers from Harvard have recently published a new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The work examines if the heterosexual HIV epidemic can be eliminated in South Africa using “combination prevention”. Using  data such as the “simulated incidence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in South Africa from 1990 to 2063 in all combination intervention scenarios, starting in 2013,” Nadia and other researchers created a statistical model which posits that it would be highly unlikely to eliminate HIV in South Africa over the next 50 years using the current course of …

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Scholar Spotlight: Astronaut Scholar Cameron McMillan


Cameron McMillan, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student, was chosen to receive this year’s Astronaut Scholarship for Georgia Tech. Announcement of the prestigious award came from Georgia Tech alumna and three-mission astronaut Jan Davis. Ultimately, McMillan hopes to enter the private sector as a researcher — after earning a master’s degree in advanced vehicle design and optimization. Right now, however, he is immersed in three different research projects. Cameron is a member of the NASA Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) project in the ASDL. He is researching an engine certification protocol for a commercial carrier that is increasingly partnering with NASA. McMillan is …

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Excellence isn’t the bar, rather it is the standard amongst a select group of 40 undergraduate students who are soon to be Astronaut Scholars, a merit scholarship awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). Perhaps most interesting beyond the amount awarded annually to deserving students, up to $10,000 per recipient, is the support that ASF builds into the scholarship program; namely through the mentor and workforce development programs, and inclusion as well as active participation into exclusive events. During the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scholars take part in a scholar technical conference, presenting current projects and areas …

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Former Astronauts Appointed To Board of Directors


Former Astronauts Al Worden and Chris Ferguson Appointed to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) Board of Directors The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of former astronauts Al Worden and Chris Ferguson to its board of directors. This will be Ferguson’s first appointment to the board, while Worden, a past chairman for the organization, is returning after a brief time away. “Both gentlemen have a strong involvement with ASF and have a true commitment and enthusiasm for this mission. In addition to his corporate experiences, Al served on the board with many of the original Mercury 7 …

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Chicago Area Meet & Greet hosted by Pat & Sharon Devereaux


ASF would like to personally thank Pat and Sharon Devereaux for hosting and organizing a Meet & Greet reception to introduce the foundation to the Chicago area.  A special thanks is in order for Chuck Gitles of American Chartered Bank for sponsoring the event and O’Hare Offices for the beautiful event venue. The evening featured an inspiring presentation by Captain James Lovell as he recounted his time aboard Apollo 13 and emphasized the importance of STEM.  Guests were introduced to 2015 University of Chicago Astronaut Scholarship recipient Olivia Stovicek, who shared the impact of her scholarship and the ASF network of support. The …

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Heroes & Legends and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® to Open at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex November 11, 2016


Media News Release from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex With all the drama of an actual trip to space, guests of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida will be greeted with a dramatic sense of arrival when the new Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® opens on November 11, 2016. Positioned just inside the entrance, the attraction will set the stage for a richer park experience by providing the emotional background and context for space exploration and the legendary men and women who pioneered our journey into space. Through engaging storytelling, guests will embark on …

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Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden Will Attend Farnborough in 2016


Media News Release from Kallman Worldwide — Chris Meyer After more than half a century since graduating from Empire Test Pilot School in the U.K., the Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot will return to Farnborough this summer, in partnership with Kallman Worldwide, to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education — July 11-17 at the Farnborough International Airshow. Worden’s visit in part will be as a designated representative of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF), a not-for-profit organization founded by the Mercury 7 astronauts. ASF advocates for STEM by promoting the fields of study and providing support for America’s most …

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Astronaut Scholar Karen Feigh (1999, 2000) Awarded Grant


Astronaut Scholar Karen Feigh (1999, 2000) is a professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. She has received a grant from NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. Two CoE Faculty Members Awarded Grants to Support Astronaut Health on Long Duration Space Exploration Missions   NASA’s Human Research Program and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) will fund 27 proposals to help answer questions about astronaut health and performance during future long duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. …

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ASF Scholar – Emily Thompson – Smashing Success


CLEMSON — Emily Thompson’s sensible flats are firmly planted on terra firma. She’ll graduate in May as one of Clemson’s most-decorated physics undergraduates ever, racking up honors from a Goldwater Fellowship to an Astronaut Scholarship and “every award available to her at Clemson,” according to Mark Leising, the interim dean of the new College of Science. But look closer and you’ll see that Emily’s sensibilities are, at times, unconventional. Her personal map is marked by zags where most people would have zigged. She has continually walked out of her relative comfort zone — geographically, socially, academically — and she’s about …

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ASF Scholar Benjamin Cromey Selected to Receive the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Congratulations to 2014 Astronaut Scholar, Benjamin Cromey, for being awarded a recipient of the National Science Federation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  Cromey is one of 2,000 award recipients from a pool of 17,000 applications. This award will cover the next three years of graduate study for Benjamin. Learn more about the announcement from NSF.

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ASF Board of Trustees Member McGlynn in the News

IN THE NEWS: Larry McGlynn, trustee and long-time friend and supporter of ASF, was featured in a terrific article about collecting space artifacts. Read it now on the Boston Globe! You can add to your collection by bidding in ASF’s upcoming online auction that starts September 19.

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ASF to Host Bi-Annual Online Auction of Space Memorabilia

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – From unique collectibles and signed memorabilia to one-of-a-kind flown artifacts, the public will have its chance to bid on some of the hottest space keepsakes when the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) hosts its fall 2015 online auction beginning Sept. 19. Money raised from the auction will play a key role in funding college scholarships for outstanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students across the United States. “The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is very fortunate to have such strong relationships with so many astronauts who are willing to donate their personal space memorabilia in support of our mission,” …

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