Astronauts Offer Space Artifacts & One-of-Kind Experiences in Online Auction

Ever dreamed of cruising the Atlantic with Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter or scuba diving with Buzz Aldrin? 

Bahamas Cruise with Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter

Well here’s your chance, the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is hosting the Fall Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia to help raise money for the non-profit program established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury astronauts in order to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships.

The auction which opens online tomorrow and goes through September 3 features memorabilia from five decades of manned space flight.  Want a pen that flew to the Space Lab? They have it.  Or how about an insulator pannel from the Shuttle Columbia?  Pull out your wallet, they have that as well. 

But what’s really catching my eye and the eye is that bidders will have the chance to bid on seven “Astronaut Experiences”.  Billed as rare one-on-one time with hero astronauts, the experiences include a Scuba Diving adventure with Buzz Aldrin or a train ride through the Grand Canyon with Astronaut Richard Gordon. 

“Proceeds from the auction fuel an important mission: supporting the bright, young minds who will lead America into new frontiers of science and technology by giving them the means to succeed,” said ASF Chairman and Apollo 16 moonwalker Charlie Duke, who donated a schematics page which he carried to the surface of the Moon in 1972.

“My fellow astronauts and I are committed to helping the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in this pursuit, offering our personal mementos, autographs and time to raise vital funds for scholarships.”

To participate, bidders must register for a virtual paddle number at http://www.AstronautScholarship.org/auction. The online auction concludes September 3, 2011 at 10 PM EDT. Winning bids, over fair market value, should be considered a charitable donation.

If money were no object which experience would you pick?

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