U.S. Space and Rocket Center: Make donation, take aerial tour of Huntsville with NASA Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Foundation in Huntsville, Alabama is asking for your help to raise $70,000 to begin installation of a Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's Shuttle Park.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - For a generous donation, one can take flight with a veteran NASA astronaut in a shuttle training aircraft and get a birds-eye view of Huntsville, including a rare view of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center campus, organizers announced Wednesday.In an effort to raise money for a Shuttle Training Aircraft exhibit, the USSRC is offering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to anyone who makes a $10,000-plus donation. The crowd-funding campaign has been dubbed "Help Land a Shuttle Training Aircraft," and those who make a qualifying contribution will fly with astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson, who made five shuttle flights, including the first shuttle mission to dock with Russian Space Station Mir, before retiring form NASA. "The U.S. Space & Rocket Center's plan to exhibit a Shuttle Training Aircraft is a wonderful project and one that I am happy to support," Gibson said, "The STA is an important piece of the space shuttle legacy, one that many astronaut pilots are fond of. Having the STA on exhibit for the Center's visitors and Space Camp trainees is an excellent way to celebrate the space shuttle program's legacy and continue inspiring future generations of explorers."{} Organizers are hoping to raise $70,000 for the new exhibit, which will be placed at USSRC's Shuttle Park and feature a Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft NASA 945. The aircraft is currently being housed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.To date, $43,529 has been raised through 225 donations from around the world.For more information about the campaign and how to participate, click here. {}
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