MAY 13 – 14, 2016
Join us in honoring our 2016 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees:
We are pleased to announce the emcee team of Mark Larson and John Zarrella for the 2016 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. This weekend of events is presented by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with Delaware North & Kennedy Space Center.
Mark Larson will lend his vocal talents to serve as the emcee of the Induction Gala taking place the evening of Friday, May 13. Larson is a Southern California radio and television personality, hosting his weekday morning talk show on “AM1170 The Answer” (KCBQ). On TV, he is also a KUSI NEWS Channel 9 commentator. In addition to his many broadcasting accomplishments, he is active in a number of charitable organizations and has been a longtime Astronaut Scholarship Foundation supporter. He currently serves as a board member and Chairman Emeritus for the San Diego Air & Space Museum. With his long-time interest and involvement in space and aviation, he brings a unique blend of perspective and insight. Learn more about Mark Larson and his media company, Mark Larson Media Services, here:
John Zarrella will return to host the official Induction Ceremony taking place on Saturday, May 14 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Most know him as a long-time reporter for CNN and trusted veteran space correspondent. Over his thirty years in network broadcasting, he covered seventy-five Space Shuttle launches and missions. Based in Merritt Island, Florida, John’s company, John Zarrella Media, offers media training to corporate customers and government entities. He continues to report and write on stories that interest him. To learn more about John Zarrella, connect with him here:
Over thirty years ago, the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts – Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton – came together with the goal of using their joint credibility to encourage students to pursue scientific endeavors. That idea led to the formation of the Mercury 7 Foundation, which later became the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).
Today, astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs have joined in the mission. Through the garnered support of astronauts, industry leaders, educational institutions and patrons, ASF awards merit-based scholarships to the best and brightest university students who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The prestigious Astronaut Scholarship is known nationwide for being among the most coveted scholarships awarded to undergraduate STEM students. Since its inception, ASF has awarded more than million in scholarships to more than 400 of the nation’s top scholars.
Along with the idea to build a foundation, the Mercury 7 astronauts also envisioned a place where the accomplishments of astronauts could be showcased and celebrated with the public. This vision lead to the creation of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) in 1990, with members of the Mercury 7 becoming the first inaugural class. As an extension of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) experience, visitors get a glimpse into the personal side of human spaceflight through the world’s largest collection of personal astronaut memorabilia. Every year, AHOF honors a new class of astronauts that have excelled in their accomplishments in space or in their contributions to the advancement of space exploration.
Join over 400 guests as they celebrate the new inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during this nostalgic weekend. It begins on Friday evening where you can feel the space race come alive as you dine under the largest rocket ever made…the mighty Saturn V suspended above. This monumental 363-foot rocket was America’s lunar transportation for 24 brave astronauts who traveled to the moon and back. This is a sight that must be seen and one worthy of the prestige that accompanies this bestowed honor. Mingle with astronauts, special guests and ASF scholars whom are the future of our nation. This unique evening celebrates the history of the space program and those that have made an indelible mark on our world.
Saturday afternoon hosts the Induction Ceremony that provides the ultimate honor of becoming the official next class of Astronauts selected into this elite group. This ceremony takes place at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for all to witness this special moment in time.
This weekend also is one that will boast ASF’s Scholar Technical Conference. This event showcases a number of ASF scholars and their accomplishments that have been achieved in their respective areas of study and work. It also illustrates the importance of ASF’s mission, to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing college scholarships for the very best and brightest students pursuing science, technology, engineering or math degrees.
This weekend is THE place to be to witness the past and the future of our nation!
|BRIAN DUFFY||SCOTT PARAZYNSKI|
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