The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is proud to partner with Apollo 13 astronaut and American hero Fred Haise to offer PCGS graded Apollo 11 coins, with inserts hand signed by Haise

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PCGS, the numismatic industry’s most-trusted third-party grading service, has graded and encapsulated a limited number of Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coins on behalf of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation.   

The coins provided to PCGS are from AMF’s limited allocation of Launch Ceremony product and feature an insert with a hand-signed signature from Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise. 

Thad Altman, president of AMF, states “The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is excited about partnering with PCGS on the grading and encapsulation of these historic Apollo Commemorative Coins. We chose to work with PCGS due to their high-regard in the numismatic community and the safety, security, and aesthetics of the PCGS holder.  By combining these coins with American hero Fred Haise’s signature we are offering a unique collectible to both the numismatic and space hobbies/markets”. 

Although astronaut Haise is best known for his role in the Apollo 13 mission, Haise was also a key contributor to the development of the Apollo lunar lander and was the first man to pilot a space shuttle when he successfully landed Space Shuttle Enterprise after it was released from a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier aircraft on August 12, 1977. 

All coins offered for sale by AMF come from the official First Day of Issue Coin Launch Ceremony at Kennedy Space Center on January 24th, 2019.  Only the coins submitted by AMF to PCGS will carry this “Launch Ceremony” pedigree.

The proceeds from the sales of these coins will go to further AMF’s mission to both honor our fallen astronauts and to inspire future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians.

These special autographed encasements can be purchased on The Astronauts Memorial Foundation website at

NASA Day of Remembrance will be February 7, 2019


NASA Day of Remembrance will be February 7, 2019.

NASA, in partnership with The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, will host a wreath-laying ceremony to honor our fallen astronauts at 10 a.m. at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation Space Mirror Memorial.

Remembering Grace G. (George) Corrigan

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Grace G. (George) Corrigan, mother of educator astronaut Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, passed away on November 8, 2018.

Grace was an apt name – she was so graceful in her poise after the Challenger tragedy, and so inspiring in her long-term work to keep alive Christa’s educational dream. We all honor and appreciate her and mourn her passing.

She put extra attention over these years to Framingham State University where her daughter Christa went to school, and helped found its McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning and its Challenger Learning Center.

Grace is survived by her two sons, Christopher & Stephen; two daughters, Lisa & Elizabeth; son-in-law Steven McAuliffe of NH; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Edward C. Corrigan; her brother Stephen George; and her daughter, Christa McAuliffe, who died in the space shuttle Challenger accident on January 28, 1986.

Educators: Apply by Jan. 25 for the 2019 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Educators who have demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students' interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) may apply now to receive the 2019 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.

Given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space Foundation, the award recognizes contributors to technology in the education field, in both formal and informal environments. The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented in April 2019 at the Space Foundation's 35th Space Symposium, to be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Find the award application online at

Submissions for the 2019 award must be mailed and postmarked no later Jan. 25, 2019.  

See previous recipients at

About the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF)
Founded in the wake of the Challenger accident in 1986, AMF honors and memorializes 24 astronauts who sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program while on a U.S. government mission or in training. AMF, a private, not-for-profit organization, built and maintains two major facilities at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Space Mirror Memorial is a 42-foot high by 50-foot wide polished granite monument designated by Congress to be the national memorial for America's astronauts. At the Center for Space Education, AMF partners with NASA to inspire future generations of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students, teachers and mentors experience building rockets, robotic competitions and other hands-on space-related learning activities led by AMF’s space education specialists. The Center for Space Education also houses a massive conference space with state-of-the-art audio/visual capabilities. This conference space is used for NASA Day of Remembrance ceremonies as well as educational programs, community and international conferences throughout the year. For more information about AMF visit

About NASA
NASA is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's civilian space program. Operational since 1958, NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. It has led U.S. space exploration including the Mercury and Gemini space programs, the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Space Shuttle, U.S. involvement in the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope and robotic interplanetary and distant space missions. NASA is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research and research focused on better understanding Earth, the solar systems and the universe beyond. For more information, go to

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world's premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both of our websites – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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The Astronauts Memorial Foundation Announces Keynote Speakers for the Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE)

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation announced the keynote speakers for the first annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) July 11-13, 2018 at Kennedy Space Center.

Science Teacher Diego Martinez is 2018 Recipient of the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award

Diego Martinez is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The award is given annually in recognition of creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators, or district-level education personnel. The award, named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, will be presented during the 34th Space Symposium opening ceremony on April 16 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA.