Astronauts Memorial Foundation and National Space Society Luncheon Set Jan. 19 at KSC Visitor Complex

Astronaut Tom Jones will be the Keynote Speaker

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and National Space Society will be holding their next Space Luncheon Series (SLS-3) on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at The Center for Space Education, located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Tom Jones will be the Keynote Speaker.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and National Space Society will be holding their next Space Luncheon Series (SLS-3) on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12 noon to 2 p.m., at The Center for Space Education, located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Tom Jones will be the Keynote Speaker.

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation has partnered with the National Space Society to hold these luncheons once a month.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Julia Barney, Director of Fundraising and Events for The Astronauts Memorial Foundation.

According to The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Dr. Tom Jones will “share orbital experiences from his book, Space Shuttle Stories, where he interviewed astronauts from all 135 Space Shuttle missions. During his own career, Tom led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece US Lab at the International Space Station.

Overall, he flew on four Space Shuttle missions to Earth orbit and spent fifty-three days working and living in space.”

NASA Astronaut Dr. Tom Jones (pictured) will be the Keynote Speaker at The Astronauts Memorial Foundation’s Space Luncheon Series (SLS-3) that will take place on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at The Center for Space Education.

I recently had the opportunity to talk with the CEO of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Thad Altman. I asked Altman to speak about the Foundation, in general. He told me that the Foundations is all about, “keeping the dream alive of those astronauts who have made the ultimate sacrifice, given their lives for human space flight.” He went on to say, “We are here to educate, to inspire, and to motivate our next generation for space flight.”

These monthly luncheons are open to the public, aerospace industry, educators, and space enthusiasts. So, basically, anyone that would like to attend is welcome. As Barney puts it, “Space is for everyone!”

As a bonus, guests receive complimentary access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex!

For more information or sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected] or call 321-512-4243.

Thad Altman is the CEO of The Astronauts Memorial Foundation. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation and National Space Society will be holding their next Space Luncheon Series (SLS-3) on Friday, January 19, 2024, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., at The Center for Space Education, located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Tom Jones will be the Keynote Speaker.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Steve Wilson moved to Brevard County in 1984 and has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports and the space industry, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.

Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia.  He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.

Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018,  Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020 and Ecofest Achievement Award – 2022.

Wilson is especially proud of his chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.

He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.

The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.