02 December 2014

Press Release: Astronauts for Hire Celebrates #GivingTuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

About Astronauts for Hire:
Astronauts for Hire, Inc. (A4H) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for students and professionals to develop and refine the skills necessary to become commercial astronauts and to assist these qualified candidates with networking opportunities in the space research community. A4H’s commercial astronaut candidates are accomplished scientists and engineers who can support a wide variety of payloads. They are available today for contract and consulting work with researchers to design and conduct experiments on microgravity, suborbital, and orbital missions. For more information, please visit www.Astronauts4Hire.org or contact Jamie Guined at media[at]astronauts4hire.org or at (229) 947-3038.

About #GivingTuesday:
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give. It will culminate with a global day of giving on December 2, 2014. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners, charities, families, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a global moment that is dedicated to giving around the world. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit www.givingtuesday.org.

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