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`I Am A Space Shuttle, I Love To Fly` Awarded Certified Space Imagination Product Status

07/16/2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 16, 2004) -- The Space Foundation announced today that Perspective Book's `I Am A Space Shuttle, I LOVE TO FLY` has been officially recognized as a Certified Space Imagination Product.

Perspective Books publishes books that stir the imaginations of children. "The space program has a positive impact on our daily lives," said publisher and author Becky Cross. "Our desire to explore life beyond our own planet has pushed us to create amazing machines to help us along that journey.

"I Am A Space Shuttle, I LOVE TO FLY!" captures the essence of the ingenuity and engineering that it takes to make a Space Shuttle fly and wraps it in a collection of breathtaking images that follow a Space Shuttle orbiter from touchdown to touchdown," added Cross. "Children have a natural ability to look at life with their eyes wide open. This book seeks to fill those eyes with amazing and exciting information."

Perspective Books is the flagship sponsor for The IGNITE Foundation, Inc., a national K-12, curriculum-based, education enrichment program. IGNITE is an acronym for Innovative Ground Networking In Technology Education. A percentage of book sales funds growth of the Foundation. Perspective Books will also make a cash donation to The Starlight Children's Foundation whose programs provide cheer and relief to seriously ill children and those who love them. For more information about the IGNITE Foundation and the Starlight Children's Foundation, visit www.ignitefoundation.org or www.starlight.org.

"The Space Foundation is pleased to recognize "I Am A Space Shuttle, I LOVE TO FLY!" as a Certified Space Imagination Product," said Kevin Cook, Space Foundation Director of Space Awareness Programs. "We share with Perspective Books and The IGNITE Foundation the goal of inspiring new generations through creative programs that focus on science, mathematics and technology and improve the quality of life on Earth."

"We are committed to recognizing and supporting the efforts of companies like Perspective Books," added Cook. "Their colorful new book received the certification seal because it tells the Space Shuttle story in a way that will help inspire new generations to reach higher than they might otherwise."

The Space Foundation's growing list of Space Certification Program partners includes outstanding organizations such as Tempur-Pedic(R) Sleep Surfaces, X-1R Advanced Lubricants, and Challenger Learning Centers.

About The Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the Space Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to vigorously advance and support civil, commercial and national security space endeavors and educational excellence.

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, established the Space Certification Program and the Space Technology Hall of Fame to recognize innovators who transform technology originally developed for space use into commercial products, to increase public awareness of the benefits of space transfer technology, and to encourage further innovation. For more information about the Space Foundation, the Space Technology Hall of Fame and the Space Certification Program, visit www.spacefoundation.org.

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