The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) congratulates our corporate member Blue Origin on the successful New Shepard mission (NS-18) today. AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement:


“On behalf of the 30,000 professional and student members of AIAA, we congratulate the Blue Origin team on its successful NS-18 mission. We believe this mission helps open up access to space travel for more people.


Through our involvement as one of Blue Origin’s Club for the Future partner organizations, AIAA collected postcards decorated with messages and art expressing middle school students’ visions of the future of life in space. The postcards, from students at Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia, were flown onboard the New Shepard rocket during today’s mission. We’ll return the postcards to them, stamped ‘Flown to Space,’ as part of our collective effort to help develop and inspire the next generation of space professionals.”


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AIAA Media Contact: Rebecca B. Gray,, 804-397-5270 cell



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