Your chance to Leave the Solar System

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Thu, 23 Jul 1998 08:27:15 -0400 (EDT)


Thought this would be of interest.


Daniel Ust

Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 23:12:32 -0400
From: ProSpace <>
Subject: PROSPACE: ProSpace Invitation -- Your chance to Leave the Solar System

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Dear Friends,

In 1997, Celestis, Inc. received one of the Space Frontier Foundation's top awards for demonstrating a brand new commercial space market -- space memorial services. Now Celestis is getting ready to announce their participation in the development of another new space market, as part of a venture called "Encounter 2001: The Millennial Voyage."

Encounter 2001 will launch a spacecraft in 2001 and carry the writings, drawings, photos and DNA samples (in the form of human hair) of millions of people from around the world. The spacecraft will use a gravity assist maneuver at Jupiter to propel itself out of the Solar System. This New Year's Eve -- Dec. 31, 1998 -- Encounter 2001 will "place a cosmic call" by transmitting the first of a series of deep space radio transmissions to other star systems so as to announce the mission -- and the names of Encounter participants -- to the galactic community. The price for all this is only $49.95, making Encounter 2001 a space mission in which anyone can participate.

We at ProSpace are always looking for ways to involve the American people in the space frontier. ProSpace often calls upon you to support legislation on Capitol Hill that encourages private sector activities in space. As Americans, we understand the idea that free enterprise is the means by which we will truly open this frontier to all people. But Celestis and Encounter 2001 are more than just ideas -- they are realities. Entrepreneurial space enterprises that succeed in the marketplace of goods and services help ProSpace succeed in the marketplace of ideas. Success stories like Celestis show policy makers, the investment community, and the public that space is a place where everyone can participate. A place where everybody wants to participate.

Your participation in Encounter 2001 will help ProSpace in a more tangible way as well. If you decide to participate in Encounter 2001 be sure to **mention** "ProSpace" when you order: not only will part of the proceeds of your purchase go to ProSpace, but you'll get a 10% discount off the $49.95 price. (Note that there is an additional $9.95 shipping& handling charge.) Once you order you will receive: a limited edition, commemorative poster; an archival form (for your message and photo); a numbered membership card; a flight certificate; a collector's pin; and a DNA sampling kit. For more information about Encounter 2001 visit their website at (Celestis is found at You can place your order through their website, or by printing out the order form below.

Both Celestis and Encounter 2001 will have booths at "Space Fair '98", a space tourism exhibit on the Queen Mary in Long Beach July 17 through 26. If you will be in southern California during that time be sure to stop by the Queen Mary. Exhibitors such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the Civilian Astronaut Corp, will also be there. Admission to Space Fair '98 is free, although there is a $6.00 per car parking fee. The hours of the show are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

PLAN Ahead for Christmas!! -- Encounter 2001 makes the perfect unique Christmas present. Tell your loved ones that you are giving them the most fantastic trip of their lifetime; a trip out of the Solar System.

Please print out, complete and return this form with check or money order, payable to "Encounter 2001", to:

Encounter 2001
2444 Times Blvd. Suite 260
Houston, TX 77005-3253

Total number of memberships:______

Special ProSpace Price (includes 10% discount):

--> $44.95 + $9.95 shipping& handling

(Texas residents add 8.25% sales tax)

Total Enclosed: $______________

(Note: A portion of the proceeds will go to support ProSpace.)





Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Encounter 2001
Phone: 1-800 ORBIT-11
(Outside the U.S. call 713-522-7282)

"Opening the Space Frontier for ALL People"

For more information on ProSpace - The Citizens' Space Lobby, or to make a contribution to our activities or projects, visit <http://>

"Far better it is to dare mighty things,

     to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure,
     than to rank with those poor spirits
     who neither enjoy nor suffer much
     because they live in the gray twilight 
     that knows neither victory nor defeat."

                   - Theodore Roosevelt