NEW YORK, April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC, is proud to share the first National Astronaut Day campaign, to take place annually on May 5th. The campaign includes an Agency exclusive collaboration with Fisher Space Pen Co™ for the first ever "Astronaut Signature Pen" Series, awareness and fundraising for over 20 different charity partners, free downloadable "inspirational" Astronaut cards, and a #WeBelieveInAstronauts Social Media campaign which offers Space and Astronaut fans a chance to win a Skype session with an Astronaut!
In keeping with the tradition of other Astronaut and Space related celebrations, May 5th was selected for this significant date in history in 1961 when Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the First American in Space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. The brief suborbital flight, which lasted approximately 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement. This trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about. By sharing the incredible stories, experiences and perspective of actual Astronauts, the mission of National Astronaut Day is to inspire us ALL to follow our dreams, including both future Astronauts and those who seek to keep their feet on the ground alike!
"uniphi space agency is grateful for the opportunity to establish National Astronaut Day as a celebration of these true heroes. Once you have the opportunity to meet and hear the perspective of these amazing individuals, you quickly realize that each Astronaut took a unique path, but all have a common vision to share their experiences to make the world, and beyond, better for us ALL," said Annie Balliro, President & CEO of uniphi good LLC and uniphi space agency. "In keeping with the true 'Astronaut Spirit,' it was mission critical to include a cornerstone of philanthropy for National Astronaut Day, both from a philosophical aspect – an inspirational campaign tone and elements - and in a tangible way – through awareness and fundraising opportunities – with a diverse range of 20 charity partners as part of the overall campaign, all of which were personally selected by participating Astronauts."
National Astronaut Day features an inclusive #WeBelieveInAstronauts social media plan, which encourages fans to download, for free, a full set of "inspirational" Astronaut Cards, as well as send in their own pictures to be considered as part of the campaign. Astronaut and Space fans can also "enter to win" a 30-minute Skype session with an Astronaut from the uniphi space agency cadre, as well as a special prize pack that contains a Limited Edition Astronaut inspired screenprint, a limited edition National Astronaut Day patch and a Fisher Space Pen™ pen from the "Astronaut Signature Pen" Series. The contest, and online programs, will be made available May 5th on www.NationalAstronautDay.com.
"Spaceflight and Astronauts are something that we all can be inspired by… they give us something to believe in," noted Michelle Lucas, VP Industry Relations at uniphi space agency. "#WeBelieveInAstronauts is a social movement meant to inspire and encourage people across the planet. No matter where on Earth you are, you can interact with others on social media who also are inspired by the wonder of Space. If you've ever wanted to know more about Astronauts, you can download their individual cards that will give you some new perspective on these 'out of this world' individuals."
The "Astronaut Signature Pen" Series, an Agency exclusive collaboration with Fisher Space Pen Co™, features a diverse range of pen styles and Charity partners, all personally selected by each participating Astronaut. Each Special Edition pen has an engraved Astronaut signature, as well as an Astronaut and Charity specific card inside each pen box. 5% of the retail price for each "Astronaut Signature Pen" will benefit the selected charity. The pen styles and prices vary and will be available for sale on May 5th on www.NationalAstronautDay.com and www.spacepen.com.
Matt Fisher, VP of Sales Fisher Space Pen Co., commented, "We are honored to share in this opportunity with uniphi space agency to help bring more awareness to our beloved Astronauts while supporting these wonderful Charities. Fisher Space Pen Co. is built on the reliability and performance traditions that are synonymous with the Space Program. Our products are the most functional and dependable writing instruments – both in and out of this world. We are looking forward to seeing this project come to fruition."
"Astronaut Signature Pen" Series Participants and Campaign Charity Partners Include:
Clayton Anderson www.AstronautClaytonAnderson.com, in support of Celebrating Nebraska Statehood www.ne150.org
Mark Brown www.AstronautMarkBrown.com, in support of Air Force Museum Foundation www.airforcemuseum.com
Leroy Chiao www.AstronautLeroyChiao.com, in support of HASSE www.thehasse.org
Frank Culbertson www.AstronautFrankCulbertson, in support of Higher Orbits www.higherorbits.org
Robert Curbeam www.AstronautRobertCurbeam.com, in support of Challenger Center www.challenger.org
Brian Duffy www.AstronautBrianDuffy.com, in support of Good Shepherd Manor www.goodshepherdmanor.org
Fred Gregory www.AstronautFredGregory.com, in support of Association of Graduates www.usafa.org
Ken Ham www.AstronautKenHam.com, in support of Angel Canines www.angelcaninesforwoundedwarriors.org
Greg H. Johnson www.AstronautGregJohnson.com, in support of CASIS www.iss-casis.org
Wendy Lawrence www.AstronautWendyLawrence.com, in support of Ride Family Fdn www.ridefoundation.org
Steve Lindsey www.AstronautSteveLindsey.com, in support of Astronaut Scholarship Fdn www.astronautscholarship.org
Pam Melroy www.AstronautPamMelroy.com, in support of Association of Space Explorers www.space-explorers.org
Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger www.AstronautDorothyMetcalfLindenburger.com, in support of The Mars Generation www.themarsgeneration.org
Steve Oswald www.AstronautSteveOswald.com, in support of Federation of Galaxy Explorers www.foge.org
Mark Polansky www.AstronautMarkPolansky, in support of Garden of Dreams www.gardenofdreamsfoundation.org
Garrett Reisman www.AstronautGarrettReisman.com, in support of Lustgarten Fdn www.lustgarten.org
Steve Swanson www.AstronautSteveSwanson.com, in support of American 300 www.american300.org
Dan Tani www.AstronautDanTani.com, in support of DuPage Railroad Safety Council www.dupagerailsafety.org
David Wolf www.AstronautDavidWolf.com, in support of Jewish Federations Indianapolis www.jewishindianapolis.org
George Zamka www.AstronautGeorgeZamka.com, in support of Marine Corps Heritage Fdn www.marineheritage.org
National Astronaut Day online fundraising campaign, in support of Space Foundation www.spacefoundation.org
National Astronaut Day will be celebrated annually on the National Day Calendar.
Founder Marlo Anderson commented, "Late last year, National Day Calendar received an application from uniphi space agency for National Astronaut Day. Although never talked about, we were surprised to find out that National Astronaut Day did not exist. Within a few weeks, our selection committee had approved the application."
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