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News | Jan 14, 2021

New Shepard Mission NS-14 carries more than 50,000 postcards to space from 13 countries

Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle carried more than 50,000 postcards to space and back today on behalf of Club for the Future, including postcards from students in 13 countries, more than 350 schools in the U.S., and one from a British research station in Antarctica. A selection of postcards flew in the pocket of Mannequin Skywalker, which occupied one of the six seats in New Shepard’s crew capsule.

One of the postcard batches onboard was sent by students from Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Watch Club for the Future’s recent tour of Space Camp(opens in a new tab), including an interview with Camp Programs Education Manager Heather Roden about the importance of STEM, its partnership with Club for the Future, and the postcard program.

A postcard with a drawn rocket among the stars

During the tour, Club for the Future planted tomato seeds in Space Camp’s Mars Habitat donated by Tomatosphere, a project run by Let’s Talk Science(opens in a new tab) and First the Seed Foundation(opens in a new tab). Tomatosphere seeds were flown by Club for the Future onboard New Shepard Mission NS-13 in October 2020.

Additional postcards came from students across more than 20 districts in Florida as part of the Dream Big Florida partnership with education nonprofit STEM2 Hub(opens in a new tab). Included were postcards from Trenton High School in Gilchrist County, Suwannee High School in Suwannee County, Walter C. Young Middle School in Broward County, Grove Park Elementary in Clay County, and Brookview Elementary in Duval County, among others.

Club for the Future was also proud to fly postcards from West Sound STEM Network in Washington State, including Discovery Elementary School in Peninsula School District, John Sedgwick Middle School in South Kitsap School District, and West Hills STEM Academy in Bremerton School District.

Other postcards will be returned to students and classrooms in Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. All postcards flown onboard New Shepard will be stamped with ‘Flown to Space’ and NASA Artemis stamps.

Join the more than 100,000 students who’ve sent a postcard to space. Draw or write your answer on a postcard to the question, “Why do you think Earth needs space?” Send us your postcard and Blue Origin will fly it to space on a future New Shepard flight. Visit our postcards page for instructions.