Find a Chicken, Pick it Up, Then All Day You’ll Have Good Luck…

Emily Carney Supports Taking Up Space

We are so grateful to spaceflight enthusiast, Emily Carney! Emily is graciously donating the above photograph, signed, to all who contribute (see How to Help below) to our program Taking Up Space – sending Native American girls to Space Camp.

How to Help:

Step 1: Donate $10 here: 👉 (Be sure the box ‘Share my name and email with this charity’ is checked.)

Step 2: After you’ve donated send an email to: with your name, address, and any personalization you would like on the photograph

Step 3: Wait for your photo to arrive

Who is Emily and why is she chasing fowl?

Emily Carney is an author hailing from Saint Petersburg, Florida. Her first vivid space memory was seeing Columbia launch in late 1981 (STS-2). Even though she was very young (three years old) and the launch was 140 miles away from where she stood, she’ll never forget it. From then on, she was obsessed with the space shuttle, and spaceflight in general.

In 1997, Carney enlisted in the United States Navy, and at one point worked as a nuclear propulsion mechanical operator aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73). When she was honorably discharged in 2003, she went back to college and earned a degree in education. She only taught for a brief time, but after she left the education field, her passion for spaceflight was reignited.

Carney worked as a freelance writer from 2008 to 2011, and during that time she started a spaceflight blog, This Space Available (accessible via Fun fact: the late Gene Cernan (Gemini 9A, Apollo 10, and Apollo 17 astronaut, also known as “The Last Man on the Moon”) once asked her, “What the hell is a space blog?”

In 2011, Carney wanted to start a Facebook group for space enthusiasts, but was struggling to find a good name. Her husband, Steve, suggested “Space Hipsters” as sort of a sarcastic placeholder, but the name stuck. The group grew more quickly than she could imagine, and as of January 2020 it totals nearly 18,000 members. Space Hipsters boasts members from all around the world, and includes space enthusiasts, writers, artists, scientists, engineers, aspiring astronauts, and even a few actual astronauts.

NASA launched, Camilla, the rubber chicken and SDO mascot (Credit: NASA)
World View launched a chicken sandwich (Credit: KFC Facebook)

Taking Up Space is not responsible for damaged or lost photographs. All proceeds go to sending Native American children to Space Camp.

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