Memorial Spaceflights


Charles “Chuck” Child

"Near and dear to many."
1979 - 2018

Charles “Chuck” Child passed away Monday, February 5th 2018 at the age of 41. Chuck was a patient, generous and loving person, and his loss is mourned by many.

Chuck was born to parents Richard Child and Bonnie Day on January 18th, 1977 in Grande Isle, VT. Chuck spent part of his childhood at Karmê Chöling Shambhala Meditation Center. The eldest of two, Chuck attended Mount Mansfield Union High School, going on to earn his GED. As an adult, Chuck worked in Information Technology, relocating to Michigan to marry ex-wife Rachel Weisenfeld. He later worked as a personal assistant.

Chuck was a man of many passions and served on the board of several social organizations including Penguicon, a non-profit, open-source science fiction convention. A lifelong science fiction fan, Chuck spent many years exploring the reaches of space and discovering new peoples and languages in his literary travels. He was fascinated by astrophysics and often contemplated the potentially extra-terrestrial future of humanity. All of his life, Chuck dreamed of going to space. We know he would be thrilled that his lifelong dream is now becoming reality.

Charles is survived by his fiancée, Kathryn Whitlock; his parents, Richard and Bonnie; his brother, Andrew and many dear friends.

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