The Tucson Space Society
participates in the
Pima Air and Space Museum's 30th Anniversary Celebration
May 8th 2006
Tucson, Arizona



The Tucson Space Society was honored to participate in the Pima Air and Space Museum's 30th Anniversary Celebration. It was also the day that NASA awarded former astronaut Frank Borman with the Ambassador of Exploration Award.

The Tucson Space Society hosted a table inside the Museum's Dorothy H. Finley Space Exploratorium. The National Space Society and the Lunar and Planetary Institute graciously provided free handouts and free Ad Astra magazines.

Although the Museum's 30th Anniversary fell on a weekday and the day's temperatures reached well into the 90s, many visitors came by our table. Most were enthusiastic and very interested. The already very knowledgable docents in the Space Exploratorium also seemed to appreciate our presence since we could help answer people's questions about space exploration.

A great day was had by all.

This is the photo album of our day at the Pima Air and Space Museum.



Brian Ewenson, Director of Education and Programs Count Ferdinand von Galen, Chairman BOT
Brian Ewenson, Director of Education and Programs at the Museum kicks off the ceremony. Count Ferdinand von Galen, Chairman Board of Trustees, introduces the Arizona Aerospace Foundation and previews some future additions to the Museum.

Astronaut Mark Polansky Col. Frank Borman receives the Ambassador of Exploration Award
Shuttle Astronaut Mark Polansky (Pilot, STS-98 Atlantis) acted as official NASA Representative. In an interesting speech, Astronaut Mark Polanski reviews the career and accomplishements of Col. Frank Borman.

The official presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award.
Gemini 7 mission patch Col. Frank Borman, USAF (Retired)

Commander of Gemini 7

James Lovell, crewmate
December 4-18, 1965
First rendez-vous with another manned spacecraft (Gemini 6)
US endurance record which lasted until 1973 (Skylab)


Commander of Apollo 8
with crewmates James Lovell and William Anders
December 21-27, 1968
First crew to reach and orbit the Moon
First crew to ride a Saturn 5
Apollo 8 mission patch
Col. Frank Borman
Col. Frank Borman shares some thoughts on the current and future US space program.

NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award
NASA Ambassador of Exploration Award.
A small sample of lunar material collected in the Descartes Highlands area by Apollo 16.
The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972.
The Award was graciously presented to the Pima Air and Space Museum for permanent display.

Col. Frank Borman and the media
Col. Frank Borman talks to Tucson media representatives.




NSS table
Tucson Space Society members at the National Space Society table. Six different members were on hand to help man the table, answer questions and hand out free information.


More photos from that day next page



Related links: (all links open a new window)

The Pima Air and Space Museum.

The Arizona Aerospace Foundation.

Col. Frank Borman biography.

Astronaut Mark Polansky biography.

Information on NASA's Ambassador of Exploration Award, here and more photos here.

The flight of Gemini 7:
NASA Godard's National Space Science Data Center Gemini 7 information page
Kennedy Space Center information page on Gemini 7
Encyclopedia Astronautica's Gemini 7 page (most detailed source of information on the Gemini 7 mission).

The flight of Apollo 8:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Apollo 8 information site
Lunar and Planetary Institute's Apollo 8 mission overview page
Kennedy Space Center's Apollo 8 web page
Encyclopedia Astronautica's Apollo 8 page (most detailed source of information on the Apollo 8 mission)
For high quality Apollo 8 images and photography, visit the Apollo Image Gallery, World-Wide Web's most extensive collection of high-quality Apollo images.

The flight of STS-98 Atlantis:
NASA's main STS-98 information page
Kennedy Space Center's STS-98 web page
STS-98 Atlantis Press Kit
Encyclopedia Astronautica's STS-98 page.





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