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By Derrick Stamos
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About

In 1956, the Atlas rocket was the most advanced machine built by the hand of mankind. It flew higher, farther, and faster than any rocket before. It guarded the free world against the threat of annihilation, its boosted the first American astronaut to orbit the earth. Only one of the original Atlas-A rockets survives to this day. It is the last of its kind on the planet. It needs to be saved from destruction.

Displayed outdoors at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology, The Atlas has stood tall for 42 years to honor those who built it, the people it guarded and the technology it pioneered which to this day still advances humankind's exploration of the Solar System. It has inspired generations to dream of doing things bigger than themselves and to look toward the heavens to imagine us all up there someday.

These days of inspiration are coming to an abrupt end. unless you help. prevent it. The Canadian museum has closed, and the formerly proudly maintained Atlas-A has been slated for demolition and removal, possibly in the upcoming weeks. A groundswell of preservationists, space enthusiasts, military veterans, and space industry professionals is organizing to stop this senseless destruction of an irreplaceable artifact mankind's space exploration heritage. We do not have deep pockets, we have no government assistance, we do this out of sheer love for what this Atlas-A rocket represents, the tireless work and spirit to invent, to create technology that lifts us all out of the dark past to a higher and brighter future. Won't you help us with a contribution that will be used 100% for the saving, transportation and preservation of this unique last of its kind rocket? The progenitor of ones that fly to this day to the benefit of all? Once this one is gone there will never be another, may it survive to stand tall once again and inspire the next generation to reach for things that exceed their grasp.

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge of all is the one we face daily. Time. This vehicle has withstood the elements, withstood cross country journeys, withstood the mighty thrust of powerful rocket engines straining to rip it from the earth. Time though, is closing in. Outside agencies unconcerned with history are mobilizing to destroy the Atlas-A, sooner than later, out of sheer expediency. Collecting enough funding quickly enough to demonstrate there is a growing movement to prevent the rocket's imminent demolition is the single greatest challenge this project faces.

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    Custom certificate of appreciation for helping save a unique part of Humankind's spaceflight history

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    Certificate of appreciation plus custom fully embroidered mission patch for "Operation Save The Atlas"

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    The certificate, mission patch, and a custom printed coffee table book of photos of the history of this Atlas-A rocket and images from the saving of this unique artifact.

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    The certificate, the custom photo book, and small piece of the rocket's original metal structure removed from the vehicle during restoration work.

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    All of the above plus the name of your choice to be inscribed on a metal plaque to be affixed to the rocket's structure to commemorate those who had the vision to help save this irreplaceable vehicle to inspire future generations.

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