For Immediate Release: October 31, 2019
Contact: Paige Easley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.- The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) remembers Michael Alsbury on the 5th Anniversary of Alsbury making the ultimate sacrifice in service to the space program. On October 31, 2014, Alsbury, a private test pilot, lost his life during a test flight of SpaceShipTwo.
AMF is in the process of adding Michael T. Alsbury’s name to the Space Mirror Memorial at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This past summer, AMF’s board of directors voted to include his name on the wall, making Alsbury the first private astronaut to be included in the astronauts that AMF honors.
“The AMF Board feels Michael’s contributions are worthy of remembrance, as he gave his life in the furtherance of the mission of space exploration. Michael’s life story will be remembered by future generations, and be an inspiration to those who seek to explore the unknown,” said former NASA Astronaut, Commander Eileen Collins, who is a member of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation's mission is to honor our fallen astronauts through the space mirror memorial and our living memorial, the center for space education.