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HUNTSVILLE, AL -- May 17, 2011

ISDC Silent Auction to Benefit Alabama Tornado Relief Efforts

The theme of the International Space Development Conference (ISDC), taking place this week in Huntsville, Alabama, is exploring how we grow a spacefaring civilization "From the Ground Up!" This years silent auction, an annual ISDC tradition, will raise money not just for the National Space Society, but also for tornado relief efforts in Alabama.  Fifty percent of auction proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross in Madison County, where Huntsville is located.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the space-related items to appear in the silent auction is a zero-gravity flight that will be provided by Aurora Aerospace of Oldsmar, Florida.  The company will have the Rockwell Commander 700 aircraft in Huntsville on Sunday, May 22, and the winner of this auction item can either schedule their flight for that day, or they can make arrangements with Aurora Aerospace to take the flight in Florida at a later date.

Bart Leahy, ISDC 2011 Conference Chair, believes the auction captures the true spirit of the event: "Space advocacy has always been a challenging mix of idealism and practicality. We want to see human beings living in thriving communities beyond Earth, but we realize there are difficult things to do here on Earth to make it happen. Likewise, while we realize we are here to promote space activities, we can't ignore the devastation many families have faced from last month's tornadoes. I look at this as a way we can be good citizens of our solar system and our community."
The auction will be conducted in the Von Braun Center as part of ISDC's exhibit hall Thursday May 19 and Friday May 20. General Admission to the exhibit hall will be $5 per person at the door. Individuals can find an online registration form for the conference at The winning bids will be announced at 4 p.m. on Friday in the exhibit hall, and payment will be accepted at that time.
The auction and exhibit area are only one part of a very diverse and extensive conference. Participants include space professionals and advocates from around the world who will explore all aspects of human space endeavors, including the International Space Station, heavy-lift launch vehicles, commercial space activities, space-based solar power, technology development, and politics, education, and outreach.


About ISDC:  The International Space Development Conference is the annual conference of the National Space Society.  ISDC 2011, hosted by the Huntsville, Alabama L5 Society (HAL5), will take place at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, May 18-23, 2011.

About The National Space Society (NSS):  NSS is an independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.  Founded when the National Space Institute and the L5 Society merged in 1987, NSS is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen's voice on space.  NSS has over 12,000 members and supporters, and over 50 chapters in the United States and around the world. The society publishes Ad Astra magazine, an award-winning periodical chronicling the most important developments in space.

About the Huntsville Alabama Society L5 (HAL5):  A local chapter of the National Space Society (NSS), HAL5 has made significant contributions toward developing cheap access to space technology, space education, and public outreach since it was formed in 1983. HAL5 and NSS believe that by educating and working with the public, the government, and private industry, we can speed up the date when routine, safe, and affordable space travel is available to anyone who wants to go.


For more information on media access to the ISDC or on the National Space Society, please contact Debbie Cohen at or 202-429-1600.

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