The Foundation Goals
We stood on the shoulders of giants to reach the moon and those
giants have names and their names are Virgil I. 'Gus' Grissom, Edward H. White
II, and Roger Bruce Chaffee.
Without men such as them, our country would not have made it to the moon within
the time frame designated by President John F. Kennedy's challenge in 1961, and
the political repercussions could have led to the Soviet Union's dominance of
space. It was strongly felt at the time that the program had to be
continued in the crew's memory and our country benefits from that decision in
the technological transfer of so much that was learned during the program.
To memorialize these men, we have broken our objectives into five phases with
multiple projects within each phase. Phase 1 included replacement of 200
missing firebricks by the pedestal on Launch Complex 34 and re-stencil of the
"Abandon in Place" sign. An ongoing maintenance program was launched with
volunteers cleaning up and weeding the site on a regular basis. We owe a
debt of thanks to the U.S. Air Force for allowing us to enter the Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station and to work on our dreams. Their support has
been and continues to be invaluable.
Phase 2 incorporates installation of directional signs on the road to Launch
Complex 34 and placement of an educational kiosk at the launch pad. The
six display panels of the kiosk are broken down into the primary events that
occurred at the site:
1) Building of the launch site
2) Unmanned launches
3) Gus Grissom photos
4) Edward White photos
5) Roger Chaffee photos
6) Apollo 7 crew and launch
In Phase 3 has been reserved for ongoing developmental and fund raising
Phase 4 begins the educational focus. Studies show that, "among 20
nations assessed in advanced mathematics and physics, none score significantly
lower than the United States in advanced mathematics and only one scored lower
(1) . Not since the early years of the space program
has there been generated the excitement and motivation to master these fields
of study, and our country suffers because of it. The time has come to get
our educational goals back on track.
A part of that effort is the website you are now viewing. Also, a CD
curriculum on the space program will be offered to grade schools at no
cost. College scholarships for teens who excel in math and science
will be offered annually.
In Phase 5, a monument to the Apollo 1 crew will be built and, with the
approval of the Air Force, will be placed at Launch Complex 34. The final
and the largest component of this memorial process will be the opening of
a support center dedicated to helping children who have lost a parent as did
the children of the crew of Apollo 1.
For the crew...
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