The Celestis Foundation
Private enterprise in space for the public good on earth.
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The Celestis Foundation shares your dedication to promoting innovative
projects that improve life on Earth and stimulate our ongoing exploration
of the universe.
The Foundation focuses on nurturing entrepreneurial space enterprises,
supporting organizations that educate our children and the general
public about space, and contributing to charities that create a
positive future on Earth. A portion from the proceeds of each Celestis
sale is donated to an individual, organization, or institution that
embodies the spirit and principles of exploration, planetary conservation,
and innovation so prevalent among our mission participants.
The Celestis Foundation ensures a continuing source of support
for the people and projects that will accelerate the opening of
the space frontier and the preservation of Earth.
||Celestis Foundation supports the Houston Urban
In 2008 and 2009 the Celestis Foundation
began its ongoing support of the Houston Urban Debate League by
creating the League's Web site. The mission of the Houston Urban
Debate League is to build, support, and sustain programs in Houston's
public schools to make policy debate an educational resource available
to all students. Policy debate prepares students to be effective
advocates for themselves, their families, and their community. The
Houston Urban Debate League develops public-private partnerships
that enhance the investment of school districts in debate activities
by providing business and community finance, mentoring, communication,
and facilities to permanently restore policy debate in all of Houston's
public high schools. Celestis supports HUDL as a means to assist
under-served high school students to pursue university education
and careers in law and government. HUDL exemplifies the Celestis
Foundation’s commitment to the future.
||Celestis Foundation co-sponsors aerospace scholarship
In 2006 the Celestis Foundation became a Gold Sponsor
of the 14th Annual Frank J. Redd Student Scholarship Competition,
which provides college students with the opportunity to share their
work on small satellite concepts and missions at the annual Small
Satellite Conference. The AIAA/Utah State University Conference
on Small Satellites has become internationally recognized as the
premier conference on small satellites. Read
||Celestis Foundation supports Women of Color
In October 2006, the Celestis Foundation made a donation to the
Leads Fantasy - Celebrating Women of Color in Flight" celebration
in Chicago (October 6-7, 2006), a program of The
Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF), a non-profit
organization founded by Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first woman of color
to go into space.
Through Reality Leads Fantasy—Celebrating Women of Color
in Flight, the DJF seeks to expand public awareness of the incredible
legacy of women of color from around the world in aviation and aerospace
as well as highlight the wide range of activities involved in both
fields that are essential to our world today. Bringing to life the
stories of amazing women who, despite the odds, have been integral
to our understanding of the heavens, as well as our dreams and capacity
to explore inspires everyone. Primary to this effort is: to expose
students to the myriad career opportunities in aviation and aerospace;
to identify the educational venues in science, technology and leadership
that will set them on their courses; and to promote the importance
of science and math education.
Reality Leads Fantasy– Celebrating Women of Color in Flight
was held October 6-7, 2006 in Chicago—the hometown of Dr.
Mae Jemison, Nichelle Nichols and Bessie Coleman. The Dorothy Jemison
Foundation for Excellence is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation
that promotes science literacy and social responsibility through
its projects as well as its premiere program The Earth We Share
||Celestis Foundation supports the Zia Tribal
In September 2006, the Celestis Foundation made a donation to the
Zia Tribal Scholarship Program, which assists undergraduate and
graduate university students who are natives of the Zia Pueblo in
New Mexico. Zia Pueblo is the birthplace of the ancient sun symbol,
which is part of the New Mexico flag.
||Celestis Foundation supports Cowboys for Kids
Also in 2006 the Celestis Foundation made a donation
to Cowboys for Kids, a non-profit organization in Arizona that raises
funds for disadvantaged children, handicapped children, children
suffering from illnesses, and all children who are in need. Cowboys
for Kids was a favorite charity of Star Trek actor James
Cowboys for Kids also keeps the sprit of the American cowboy and
rodeo alive, and preserves the cultural and historical place of
the American cowboy for future generations to enjoy. Entertainment
celebrities, professsional athletes and rodeo cowboys participate
in the annual "Cowboys for Kids Rodeo" to raise funds
for Cowboys for Kids. Children and adults have a chance to experience
the old west — to be a "cowboy for a day."
||Celestis Foundation supports 2005 tsunami relief
In May 2005, the Celestis Foundation made a donation to CARE’s
global tsunami relief effort.
supports the Wildlife Waystation
The Celestis Foundation has helped support the work of the Wildlife
Waystation of Angeles National Forest, California. Since
its inception in 1976, the Wildlife Waystation has provided rescue,
rehabilitation, relocation, shelter and care to over 75,000 wild
and exotic animals. Click here
to learn more about the important work of the Wildlife Waystation
and thanks to Chairman (and noted space enthusiast) Robert
H. Lorsch for introducing SSI to the Wildlife Waystation.
Foundation supports the X Prize
The Celestis Foundation is pleased to announce a donation
on behalf of all of the participants on the Explorers Flight to
the X Prize Foundation.
The Ansari X Prize was recently awarded to SpaceShip One, marking
the true opening of private human space exploration.
||The Celestis Foundation
in 1995, the Celestis Foundation contributed to the National Space
Society, the XPrize Foundation, the Deke Slayton Museum, the National
Marrow Foundation and sent a deserving student, Gabriel Varellas,
to Space Camp.