AIAA Statement on Blue Origin’s Successful NS-22 Mission Written 4 August 2022



New Shepard launch. | Credit: Blue Origin–©

UPDATED: August 8, 2022 – Reston, Va. – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (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-22 mission.

This mission is especially meaningful to AIAA because several of our first Trailblazing STEM Educator Award winners attended in person. We were pleased to present this new award with Challenger Center earlier this year, celebrating K-12 teachers going above and beyond to inspire the next generation of explorers and innovators. Today, Jackie Blumer, Jennifer Cheesman, Cedric Turner, and Katrina Harden Williams witnessed an incredible step toward seeing millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We can’t wait to see how they use their experience to spark their students’ curiosity about STEM subjects, as they help shape the future of aerospace.

AIAA is also honored to be one of Blue Origin’s Club for the Future partner organizations to help develop and inspire the next generation of space professionals.”

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