Help the Hipsters Help Us

For Today Only! We have a matching donation offer. Any donations that comes in today will be matched up to $400! 7/31/2019

The Space Hipsters are attempting to raise enough money to send a Native American Girl from the Pascua Yaqui tribe near Tucson to Space Camp. Last year they raised $600 to help send three girls.

With the support of Space HIpster's

This year they have a very ambitious goal to raise $2170, the full cost of sending one girl.

With every $10 donation, you get your name entered once into the drawing to win the “Luciana Vega” American Girl doll and all of her Space Camp gear (retail value $300).

Send your donations via PayPal to HistorianMom@gmail.com. We will take donations until midnight (Cape Canaveral time) Friday, August 9, and our drawing will be held on Saturday, August 10th.

Luciana Vega with her flight suit, space suit, starry jammies, dress up outfit, and a casual outfit for space camp!

Luciana Vega with her flight suit, space suit, starry jammies, dress up outfit, and a casual outfit for space camp!

Re-posted from the Space Hipster group on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/spacehipsters/permalink/2538719266172941/

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Taking Up Space

We are sending Native American Girls to Space Camp!

Time in Cosmology is honored to be collaborating with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in our first mission to send middle-school-aged Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp! The first group of Pascua Yaqui girls attended Space Camp in June 2017. Selected Scholarship winners received full camp tuition for three years. We hope to be adding more girls and tribes, for as long as we can fund the Girls Taking Up Space Program.

The girls have the opportunity to do challenging hands on activities, while learning STEM, and get to meet NASA Astronauts!

Space Camp Alumnus and NASA Astronaut, Dorothy Metcalf – Lindenburger, visits Space Camp regularly.

And Astronaut John Herrington, the first Native American in Space:

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Meet Mark

We are honored to have Mark Pestana as one of our donors. It’s a privilege to be supported by this outstanding human, and we think you’ll agree.

How would someone describe you?

People have described me as multi-dimensional… using both sides of my brain. I love science and engineering, and the technical aspects of aerospace subjects, having been a pilot and space operations engineer. But I also love being an artist. I have been inspired throughout my life to depict my interpretations of the beauty of the natural world, our planet’s place in the universe, and humanity’s reach for the stars.

What are your favorite activities?

My favorite activities are flying, creating art, hiking and backpacking in the wilderness, and being with my family.

My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field.

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I’m proud of two different aspects of my aerospace career. First, as a US Air Force pilot, I logged over 200 combat reconnaissance missions, collecting vial intelligence which contributed to the fall of communism and the Soviet Union. In contrast, as a NASA space operations engineer, I’m also proud to have served in the development of the International Space Station, working in Russia with our partners in this bold, multi-national experiment.

Who has influenced you?

My influences and inspiration come from caring and supportive parents, teachers, mentors, as well as the great explorers of land, sea, air and space, some of whom I’ve had the honor of meeting and knowing. Knowing Neil Armstrong, among many astronauts and test pilots, is among the greatest influences.

What’s something surprising about you?

When I was 9 years old I was illuminated by the light of a nuclear explosion in space, a test over the Pacific Ocean while on a family vacation in Hawaii. I have flown NASA research aircraft directly through the eye-wall of hurricanes. I climbed the highest mountain in the continental US after artificial hip replacement surgery. Some of my paintings hang in the Pentagon and in the Russian Mission Control Center, Moscow…and my art orbits the Earth, in the form of Space Shuttle mission patches I designed and are displayed on the walls of the International Space Station.

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

For too many millennia, women have been marginalized and stereotyped regarding their potential in the STEM subjects. My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field. Attending Space Camp is one of those activities that serves to inspire, motivate, and promote the confidence it takes for girls to pursue these interests.

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Julian David Stone!

Apollo XV astronaut, Al Worden, Emily Carney, Space Hipster founder, and historian and educator, Lois Huneycutt, announced the winner of the Luciana Vega American doll and her collection – a retail value of $300.00.

Our sincere thank you and appreciation to the Space Hipsters who raised $4,340!

A total of $8,950 was raised for our Taking Up Space program. The funding will pay for this year’s scholarship winners, and the rest will roll over for next year’s Space Camp scholarship winners. All proceeds go directly to registration and travel to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Sole in Space… Camp

Hello, my name is Sole and I’m 11 years old. My favorite thing about space camp is doing the missions and learning about what the astronauts did on their missions.

When I give talks it feels good, but I kinda get a little shy, but I still do it.

When I grow up I want to be a doctor for kids.

I don’t know if I will become an astronaut, but if I end up walking on Mars, I will be thinking of you all and how much you helped me. THANK YOU!

Who are the Space Hipsters, and Why are They so Unusual?

With over 17,000 members, the Space Hipsters group on Facebook is more than an online forum of space enthusiasts. They’ve extended their reach to bring about real changes in the real world.

Created in February 2011, by writer and blogger Emily Carney, Space Hipsters “embrace the inner space nerd.” They’ve organized field trips and give-aways, many members are space industry experts – including astronauts and their families, and the Space Hipster logo was spotted aboard the International Space Station!

Last year, the Space Hipsters helped send Native American girls aged 9 -11 to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The space-inspired American Girl Doll, Luciana Vega, was raffled with all of the proceedings going to fund a Space Camp STEM adventure.

Three girls from the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Tucson, Az. were supported by the Space Hipsters generous donation.

We’re pleased to announce that this unusual group of space fans is doing it again! The American Doll, Astronaut Luciana and her collection (worth $300!), is being raffled for only $10 per ticket.

If you missed the opportunity last year this is your chance.

Space Hipsters at Spacefest, Tucson, AZ, 2018

Enter to win the American Doll, and help us, by buying tickets on PayPal:  https://www.paypal.com/myaccount/transfer/buy

Click ‘Sending Money’ and ‘Sending to a friend’ and use this email: HistorianMom@gmail.com

Be sure and tell us in the ‘Add a note’ section of your purchase who the ticket(s) is for if it’s not the same as the name of the PayPal account owner (you might, for instance, want to buy tickets for three granddaughters & put each of their names on a ticket). Within 36 hours of your purchase you will receive an email with your ticket number on it. Hold on to that e-mail and good luck!

T – 10 days…

“I’m ready. I’m gonna be the best I could be, and I’m gonna be strong.”

Support Saydee by helping her get to Space Camp!

Saydee is an 11 year old from the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Her dream is to become an astronaut. With your donation she will be going to Space Camp Mach II where she will learn how to fly an airplane! We are very proud of Saydee and think you will be too. Please help her get to Space Camp.

Click here 👉 https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

Hurry! You only have until midnight(PT) August 1st to enter. Any donation gets you into the prize drawing!

More info: https://girlstakingupspace.com/2019/06/30/donations-and-prize-drawing/

Robert “Hoot” Gibson

We asked our major donors to answer a few quick questions about themselves.

Capt. Robert "Hoot" Gibson

The experiences that girls will have from Taking Up Space will certainly put them ahead growing up!

How would someone describe you?

I’d say that most people would describe me as a devoted fan of aviation in all its forms, with an incurable passion for anything that flies. I have been involved in flying all the way up from model airplanes, through private planes, to jet fighters and flight test, all the way to commanding 4 missions on the Space Shuttle.

What are your favorite activities?

My favorite activities are mostly concerned with aviation pursuits. It wasn’t simply a career; it was a total involvement with flight, and the science of flight as well. I build and fly radio-controlled jet models, and I have learned tremendously about aerodynamics and engineering from this pursuit. Aeronautical Engineering has been another passion of mine. It came about as a direct result of my involvement with aviation and space.

“We need to be providing young girls with role models as well and inspiring them.”

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I’ve had more proud moments than I ever deserved. I’m probably most proud that my mother and father were present for some of my biggest achievements like college graduation, Test Pilot School graduation, and my Space Shuttle missions, and the fact that they were proud of me.

Who has influenced you?

My father, Paul Gibson was the biggest influence on my life. He was an Aeronautical Engineer and a Test Pilot, and I knew from the time I was 10 years old that I wanted to be like him. That was why I wanted to enter Engineering as well as the U. S. Navy to be a fighter pilot. My dad was the person that taught me how to fly, and I feel like I owe all my success to his teaching and his influence. We need to be providing young girls with role models as well and inspiring them.

What’s surprising about you?

I think most people who know me today would be surprised to learn that I was a fairly shy person growing up. It was only after I was put in positions of leadership, and having so many opportunities to speak to crowds of people, that I overcame my shyness. The experiences that girls will have from Taking Up Space will certainly put them ahead growing up!

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

I have been proud to contribute to this most worthwhile cause of sparking an interest in science, aviation, and space in young girls, because it is so important to motivate the next generation of women to enter careers in scientific and technical fields. Aviation and space have always been a big inspiration for young people. We need to ensure that this interest is encouraged!

Are you interested in donating? Click herehttps://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

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TFCU Lends a Hand

There’s one thing that continues to amaze us about Tucson, and that is the generosity of our community. Our local credit union, started by a group of teachers in 1937 with $349, is one of our biggest supporters. Their contributions have been critical to our success.

Three years ago, our first group of girls was supported by the Tucson Federal Credit Union, and they did not let us down this year. With a generous donation of $750, we will be taking another group of Pascua Yaqui youth to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

Our sincere thank you to, Robyn Austin, Community Relations Manager and Miguel Cruz, Vice President of Brand and Community Engagement. 35151629_10156137477325395_8349225834250240000_n

Thank you TFCU for making Tucson a better place!

 

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