National Astronaut Day set to honour astronauts, raises funds for charity

The fifth annual National Astronaut Day, featuring an incredible line-up of Astronauts, musicians and entertainers, all participating in virtual, free, family-friendly events, activities and performances will take place next Tuesday, 5th May, 2020. 

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Run by the uniphi space agency, a division of uniphi good LLC, this year, in addition to raising funds and awareness for seven charities, the campaign will include a social media campaign to thank the “Frontline Superstars” who have been working tirelessly during the global pandemic, a collaboration with Giving Tuesday Now, and specifically with Giving Tuesday Kids (GTKids), who will be actively participating in different Astronaut activities throughout the day.

In keeping with the tradition of other Astronaut and Space related celebrations, 5th May was selected for this significant date in history in 1961 when astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. became the first American in space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule. 

Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American in space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule in 1961. Image: NASA
Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the first American in space, aboard the Freedom 7 Space capsule in 1961. Image: NASA

The brief suborbital flight, which lasted approximately 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a milestone achievement, and is regarded as a trailblazing example of heroic bravery and adventurous spirit is this essence of what National Astronaut Day is all about.   

National Astronaut Day is will present a virtual line up of astronauts, musicians, entertainers, charity partners and collaborators, all of whom have generously donated their time, not only to celebrate and honour astronauts, but to provide comfort and levity for all at this unusual and challenging time. 

“Their gracious support, and the tireless dedication given by those on the frontline, is a true inspiration and a reminder that together we rise by lifting others,” say the organisers.

The event will feature a wide range of not to be missed online events that include “Virtual Astronaut” talks, Q&A’s, book readings & discussions, motivational videos, live music performances, astronaut-inspired music video and playlist premieres, model rocket launches, activities and more.

• Some events require pre-registration so please make sure to see the full schedule of events at

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