Preserving Achievement; Inspiring Innovation
- To preserve the history of the United States’ Space Program;
- To honor our nation’s astronauts and aerospace innovators;
- To educate current and future generations about the sacrifice and cooperation necessary to build the early space program;
- To inspire the next generation of scientists, innovators, and explorers who will take our nation, and the world, in new and exciting directions.
We at the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation work to preserve the history of the U.S. Space program through its Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle monument displays in Space View Park and the U.S. Space Walk of Fame museum. We invite you to visit us and see the rich history of the U.S. space program.
First, here is a brief history about us.
The U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation was created in 1988. Dr. Doyle Chastain, a Titusville physician, wrote a letter to the Titusville City Council suggesting a project to preserve space history and to honor men and women associated with America’s space program. With a downtown redevelopment program in progress to enhance the riverfront, the suggestion was welcomed by the city council and the Titusville Community Redevelopment Agency. The idea resulted in the formation of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation, a non-profit organization.
Several individuals and space pioneers volunteered to take charge of the Foundation, and a partnership between the Foundation and the City of Titusville was created. The city agreed to provide park infrastructure and the Foundation would provide the monuments, plaques, mission logo markers and other space related items to complete the riverwalk space theme. Through grants, memberships, donations from companies and individuals, fundraisers and other sources not considered normal revenue, the Foundation has been busy completing different aspects of the park monuments and space museum.
In July 1994, the city completed and dedicated a new riverfront park named Space View Park, providing the anchor point for the U.S. Space Walk of Fame. Space View Park honors the space program with monuments, mission plaques and bronze hand prints of six of the original seven astronauts.
The listing below provides the completion dates of the following space program monuments:
- The Mercury Monument was dedicated on May 12, 1995, and the Mercury mission logos were unveiled May 23, 1997.
- The Gemini Monument groundbreaking was July 19, 1996, and was dedicated on Nov. 7, 1997.
- The Apollo Monument groundbreaking was held on July 16, 1999, at precisely 9:32 a.m., exactly 30 years after “Lift Off” of Apollo XI. The groundbreaking kicked off a week-long, 30-year anniversary celebration of the Apollo XI launch and the first moon landing. The Apollo Monument dedication was held in May 2007.
- The Shuttle Monument groundbreaking was held in May 2012, and its dedication was in November 2014.
Inside the museum, located in Downtown Titusville, you will find many items and displays that have been donated by individuals, astronauts, space workers, NASA and space company contractors involved in the programs. The museum also has working consoles from Launch Pad 36A and a Model 4 Sequencer from Launch Pad 16.
While honoring and recognizing all of America’s space programs and their workers, the Foundation agrees with astronaut Alan Shepard, when on May 13, 1996, he stated, “We need to remember the people who made it possible; so little is said of them.” The U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation’s intent is to honor and place emphasis on American space workers and others who made the space programs possible.
So, with that being said. Why don’t you come on down and see for yourself what we have to offer?