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Legacy Launch Success!

Celestis, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful launch of our Legacy Flight on April 28, 2007 from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Over 300 guests and media representatives from around the world witnessed the flawless launch of an UP Aerospace SpaceLoft XL rocket carrying more than 200 participants into space. Launch occurred at 8:58 a.m. MDT (14:58 GMT). The Legacy Flight marked the first of our Celestis Earth Rise service missions.

We want to thank all of our family members who joined us for the launch as well as Spaceport America, UP Aerospace, William Horton & Associates, Helping Hands, Inc., the New Mexico Museum of Space History, the Village of Hatch, the flight team from Holloman Air Force Base, the Boys and Girls Club of Alamogordo, and countless others who made this mission possible.

The Legacy Flight was completed during the week of the 10th anniversary of our first mission – the Founders Flight – and we look forward with great anticipation to the next decade of Celestis Memorial Spaceflights.

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Launch Video
from UP Aerospace

(See "SL 2 mission" video)


Photos from the Legacy Flight

Launch photos may be purchased at www.legacyflight.shutterfly.com (Enter the password legacyflight)

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Cannister containing Celestis payload
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Cannister integretation into spacecraft
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Launch vehicle on launcher
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Launcher with launch vehicle, below
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Launcher with launch vehicle
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Launch pad tour
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Memorial service Bagpiper at memorial service Pre-launch briefing
Viewing launch vehicle through telescopes at Spaceport America Journalist using telesopic lens to photograph the launch vehicle Media and guests line up to view launch
A future astronaut, perched on Dad's shoulders, views the launch vehicle through binoculars Liftoff!
Hi-res (2.5M) credits UP Aerospace, Inc
Closeup of liftoff
Legacy Flight ascent Post-launch tears of joy! A dream fulfilled...
A family hug in memory of a loved one Suzan Cooper and Wende Doohan give the 'thumbs up' after launch Family member being interviewed by CBS
UP Aerospace's Tracy Larson shares the joy of a succesful launch with SSI President Charles Chafer Post-launch press conference with SSI President Charles Chafer, left, and UP Aerospace President Jeff Larson, right Spacecraft recovery team posing next to the space vehicle at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
(Photo courtesy UP Aerospace)
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