JANUARY 4 -- We have started mailing out the prizes as well as those items which were earned via multiple ticket purchases. We hope to have everything mailed out by the end of this week.


"Space is a Place," by Dr. William Gaubatz (DC-X program manager): Scott Bakke, Boulder CO

"Leap of Faith" by Gordon Cooper: Brad Schultz, Lakewood NM

"Leap of Faith" by Gordon Cooper: James Klump, Alamogordo NM

"Leap of Faith" by Gordon Cooper: Will Rogers, Hampton GA

"Leap of Faith": by Gordon Cooper: Scott Bakke, Boulder CO

"Leap of Faith" by Gordon Cooper: Janet Loken, La Mesa CA

"Impact Jupiter" by David Levy: Calvin McCarty, Holloman Air Force Base NM

"The Mysterious Cure" by Janet Asimov: Tim Niffenegger, Cloudcroft NM

"Murder at the Galactic Writer's Society" by Janet Asimov: Jacque Spier, Cloudcroft NM

"Isaac Asimov -- It's Been a Good Life" by Janet Asmiov: Richard Loose, Organ NM

"Frontiers II" by Isaac and Janet Asimov (autographed by Janet Asimov): Scott Bakke, Boulder CO

autographed nameplate by Arthur C. Clarke: Tim Niffenegger, Cloudcroft NM

autographed nameplate by Arthur C. Clarke: Mary Sue Northcutt, Poway CA

autographed nameplate by Arthur C. Clarke: Jerry Barkley, Alamogordo NM

"The Rest of the Robots" by Isaac Asimov (autographed in 1967): Nelson Principio, Alamogordo NM

"Inside the Atom" by Isaac Asimov (autographed in 1958): Janet Sweeney, Littleton CO


Meghan Musante, Alamogordo NM

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, and to those who helped in spreading the word. As a result of your contributions and efforts, we have raised $2140 towards Earthrise through this raffle.

We expect to have additional events like this in the future, so stay tuned! In the meantime, all the students who will be able to share in their common humanity through the science of astronomy via Earthrise send their appreciation and thanks.

We are conducting a raffle of the "Star Trek" telescope to raise funds for the Earthrise Project. This telescope is a classic Edmund Scientific 4 1/4" f/10 reflector, mid-1960s vintage instrument in mint condition that was recently donated to the Southwest Institute. During the Great Bird of the Galaxy Star Trek convention that was recently held in El Paso, Texas, all the attending Star Trek cast members and other acclaimed individuals autographed this telescope so that it could be sold to raise funds for Earthrise.
This telescope was autographed by:

Eugene Roddenberry, Jr. (son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry)

William Shatner (Captain Kirk, Star Trek )

James Doohan ("Scotty," Star Trek )

Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura, Star Trek )

George Takei (Lt. Sulu, Star Trek )

Walter Koenig (Ensign Checkov, Star Trek )

Tim Russ (Lt. Tuvok, Star Trek: Voyager )

Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko, Star Trek: Deep Space 9 )

Vaughn Armstrong (Admiral Forrest, Star Trek: Enterprise )

Herbert Jefferson, Jr. (Lt. Boomer, Battlestar Galactica )

Michael David Ward (renowned space artist)

Alan Hale (co-discoverer, Comet Hale-Bopp)

Raffle tickets are $10 each.

Two tickets ($20) entrant receives choice of: autographed copy of Everybody's Comet by Alan Hale; autographed Comet Hale-Bopp poster; Skywatcher's Journey audio/visual CD; or authographed photograph of Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Ten tickets ($100) entrant receives all above items plus listing on Earthrise Founding Contributor's plaque

Drawings will initially be held for autographed books by: Isaac Asimov, Janet Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, David Levy, Gordon Cooper, and William Gaubatz. All entrants, including winners of these books, are eligible for Grand Prize Drawing for the Star Trek telescope.

Drawings will be held December 24, 2003

Contact: Southwest Institute for Space Research, 15 East Spur Road, Cloudcroft, New Mexico 88317 (address for mailing checks for tickets). Phone (505) 687-2075 e-mail Please make all checks payable to "Southwest Institute for Space Research"

Raffle tickets can now be purchased via PayPal. Please use the e-mail address (funds go directly into the Southwest Institute's bank account).

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