Education and Preservation Project (VMMEPP)
The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project is focused on preserving the history, artifacts, original documents, and data from the Viking Missions, to inspire current and future leaders and thinkers, and to instill collaboration and equity into missions of tomorrow.
The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project is a 501C3 nonprofit funded by individual donations and sponsorship by carefully selected entities that support the mission of global education with a special focus on STEM, collaborative learning, and international cooperation. These are the values that made Viking one of the most successful missions of its era and a leader that set precedent for all future missions.
Planned and led the only Viking Mission Reunion and all day Mars Education Day in Denver Colorado, July 16th we had over 150 Vikings from around the country come together for an Honor Ceremony.
We brought in students and aerospace leaders to pay tribute to the individuals who worked on Viking in ALL capacities. This event invited people from ALL NASA Centers and contributing Contractors, because Viking was ALL of these people, not just the ones whose names show up on Org charts or in the News. Vikings participated in an all day public education event at Partner venue Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum, supported by our Sponsors including our Founding Sponsor, Lockheed Martin, and education Partners The Space Foundation, and Rocky Mountain AIAA.
We launched our #MarsMaker series with Partners ADX Maker Space and Robot Garden, with Maker events in San Franscisco and Portland. We built two artistic Viking Landers from scrap material with kids 4-15 and 16 and up.
We will be holding these events around the globe beginning in 2017.
We held education outreach events all around the country in museums, Barnes & Noble stores, Libraries, and schools…
Vikings Pat DeMartine, Virgil Young, Al Treder, Claire Reimers, Bill and Sharon Garber, and surprise guest Ray Weldon, flew in from Virginia, Colorado, and Washington, to participate in our OMSI Science Pub series in Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, Oregon joined by Peggy Newcomb representing John Newcomb, Viking Project Office.
We supported Writers, Documentary Filmmakers, Artists, and Aerospace Professionals and much, much more…
Three Barnes and Nobles around the country participated in 5 different events in the last year. Look for more in 2017!
Peggy Newcomb sharing “A Bunch of Plumbers” the autobiography of John Newcomb about his years working on Lunar Orbiter and Viking. A great read for 12 and up!
We have also curated over 3000 documents and memos from the mission and are working hard to curate and tag them for our online Viking Mission Museum for the world to discover – educate – collaborate.
If you believe this will inspire future generations and is worth sharing, please consider making a donation today.
No other entity will dedicate itself to preserve Viking fully and honestly as we are. For a neutral and inclusive view of the mission, we need your help!
The VMMEPP Team and Vikings around the world