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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 26, 2013) - After a distinguished 27-year career with the Space Foundation, Charles P. "Chuck" Zimkas, Jr., President, will retire July 1. Zimkas has been president since 2012. He has played a key role in the continued success of the annual Space Symposium, and, in recent years, in the relocation of the Space Foundation to its world headquarters on Arrowswest Drive, and the creation of the Space Foundation Discovery Center.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 13, 2013) - After seven months of fine tuning and more than 6,000 student experiences delivered, the education and museum facilities at Space Foundation World Headquarters are set to open to the public full time next month. The Space Foundation Discovery Center will be launched with a ten-week "Summer of Discovery" program, reflecting the Space Foundation's commitment to formal and informal education with the expansion of facilities and the addition of new exhibits.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 1, 2013) - A number of organizational changes will take place at the Space Foundation in the coming weeks, including a retirement, promotions and expansion of responsibilities. Retiring after 27 years with the Space Foundation is President Charles P. "Chuck" Zimkas, Jr. His retirement is effective July 1, 2013. Vice President - Operations Art Ratkewicz will assume many of the duties performed by Zimkas.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2013) - Digital images of artwork honored by the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest will travel to space this summer and take up residence aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Japanese program called TERRAHEART, which sends student art, poetry and writings into space. This is the second time TERRAHEART has invited the Space Foundation to send student art and the first time the art will travel to the ISS aboard a Japanese rocket.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 8, 2013) - The 36 winners of the 2013 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest were invited to attend the Space Foundation's 29th National Space Symposium, being held at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs this week. 
Young artists from 12 countries were selected for the top slots from among more than 4,700 entries representing 45 countries, including 38 U.S. states and territories - the largest response since the contest began three years ago.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 5, 2013) - Space Foundation media briefings at the 29th National Space Symposium allow reporters special access to some of the event's key speakers, providing the opportunity to ask questions and take photos. They also offer information about current and breaking news in the space industry The briefings are held in the Space Foundation Media Center at The Broadmoor Hotel's Broadmoor Hall, second floor (above the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center).


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 4, 2013) - Rocky Mountain PBS and the Space Foundation invite the public to attend a special live taping on April 9 of "Colorado State of Mind," the Rocky Mountain PBS Emmy Award-winning weekly news program.  "Colorado State of Mind" is sponsored by United Launch Alliance (ULA), which is also a Space Foundation Corporate Partner.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 2, 2013) - The global space economy grew to $304.31 billion in commercial revenue and government budgets in 2012, reflecting growth of 6.7 percent from the 2011 total of $285.33 billion. Commercial activity - space products and services and commercial infrastructure - drove much of this increase. From 2007 through 2012, the total has grown by 37 percent. Commercial space products and services revenue increased 6.5 percent since 2011, and commercial infrastructure and support industries increased by 11 percent.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 28, 2013) - A new sign of spring locally is the sight of the National Space Symposium Exhibit Pavilion being erected at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Pavilion is up and ready to display the latest in space technology, products and services from around the world.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 27, 2013) - The board of directors of the Space Foundation welcomes one new board member, and recognizes one board member retirement. New to the board is:

  • Thomas E. Vice, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (pictured right)
Retiring from the board is: