The Astro Restoration Project (ARP) is a 501c3 not-for-profit, all volunteer organization, operating for charitable and education purposes, to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through restoration and preservation of the Astro payload, which flew on the Space Shuttle.

In partnership with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, a dedicated team of former Spacelab personnel are restoring hardware flown as part of the Astro-1 and Astro-2 missions flown on the Space Shuttle.

Help Us Restore a Piece of Space History

The Astro Spacelab Missions flew four telescopes - three of these telescopes looked for astronomical phenomena in the ultraviolet wavelength, with the fourth telescope, which flew on Astro-1 only, performed x-ray observations.   The series of missions was comprised of Astro-1, which launched on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1990; and Astro-2, which launched on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1995.  If you would like to learn more about the Astro Missions, click here.

We could use your help in making the restoration of the Astro hardware a success.

If you were a member of the Spacelab Team (NASA or Contractor), click here  to find out more about volunteer opportunities.

If you are a space enthusiast and would like to volunteer to support this effort, please contact us at

Participate in Blue Origin's Club for the Future's

Postcards to Space

Send your postcard to Club for the Future, and Club for the Future will launch it to space and back on a New Shepard rocket, and return it to you stamped "Flown to Space." 

You can download an Astro Postcard Deck  (be sure to print the front and back on one sheet of paper) to color and to send to Club for the Future here:

Want to design your own postcard to send to Club for the Future?  You can download the template here:

With thanks to our Corporate Supporters!

Teledyne Brown Engineering

Huntsville, AL

Edwards Design & Fabrication

Meridianville,  AL

Kennedy & Sons Structural Solutions

Huntsville, AL


NASA HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware)

Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, LLC

Farmington, MN

NASA Alumni League Florida

Williams Machine

Arab, AL

With thanks to our Collegiate Supporters!

University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

Albion College

Albion, Michigan

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Wisconsin

Madison, WI

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