02 December 2014

Press Release: Astronauts for Hire Celebrates #GivingTuesday


December 2, 2014

Astronauts for Hire Celebrates #GivingTuesday

Titusville, Florida – Astronauts for Hire (A4H) is proud to join more than 18,000 other charitable organizations participating in #GivingTuesday, a movement to encourage personal philanthropy and smarter charitable giving during the holiday season. #GivingTuesday is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving and follows shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday to mark the start of the giving season. The purpose is to create a movement dedicated to giving that inspires people to take collaborative action to support charities and causes that help create a better world.

"The development of the space frontier is the ultimate humanitarian goal to ensure a sustainable future for our species and our planet," said A4H President and CEO Brian Shiro. "A4H is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for aspiring astronauts in the era of commercial spaceflight. By supporting research, education, and outreach, we are helping build a strong future for humanity in space."

A4H is on the forefront of the new commercial space revolution and is working to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and astronauts.

The A4H team works closely with K-12 schools to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. Projects such as the A4H World Space Week Art Contest have helped instill excitement and awareness of the commercial space industry in our youth and local communities. In addition, A4H produces a quarterly newsletter that is read by thousands of subscribers. Recent efforts across the United States and Canada have seen hundreds of excited secondary school students exposed to unique and dynamic curriculum showcasing what space can offer, and how they can be directly involved in the future.

For more details on Astronauts for Hire and #GivingTuesday, please visit their websites at http://www.astronauts4hire.org and http://www.givingtuesday.org.

10 October 2014

A4H Presents at IAC2014

Astronauts for Hire (A4H) had a strong presence at the recent 65th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) and 13th Space Generation Congress (SpaceGen) meetings in Toronto, Canada. Six A4H members joined more than 3,200 other delegates from around the world at the event, whose theme was 'Our World Needs Space.'

Flight members Aaron Persad and Michael Gallagher presented a poster titled, “Long-term stability of nutrients inside and outside of the body on long-duration spaceflights: A review of space and ground-based studies tracking nutrients from pre-flight to post-flight” (IAC-14.A1.P.6). Their poster represented some of the latest work being carried out by the A4H Aeromedical Working Group. Aaron and Michael engaged in productive discussions with their audience during the poster session and received valuable feedback on the need for more ground-based controls on spaceflight nutrition studies.


The IAC expo was a bustling place with many exhibitors representing all sectors of the space industry, including private spaceflight operators such as SpaceX, Boeing, and DreamChaser. A4H flight members Erik Seedhouse and Aaron Persad are pictured here on the expo floor with CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques. In addition, Persad served on the local organizing committee for the Space Generation Congress, which featured NASA Administrator Charles Bolden as a keynote speaker. A4H's information table at the SpaceGen meeting generated much interest from those present. Persad gratefully acknowledges support from the Canadian Space Agency for these activities.

12 August 2014

A4H Newsletter Issue #6

Astronauts for Hire is happy to present Issue 6 of The A4H News! Feature articles include "Space Oddities: how bacteria's strange behavior in space can benefit humanity", "Brienna Henwood: training private astronauts since 2007", "Meet an A4H: Susan Jewell", an excerpt Dr. Erik Seedhouse's latest book Suborbital: Industry at the Edge of Space, recaps of recent A4H activities, and more!

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