The Whispering Forest

Space Junk: excavating the Tiziou Space History "museum"

A project in Washington, DC by Jacques-Jean Tiziou

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For space geeks everywhere: a son explores & shares his journalist father's incredible collection of aerospace archives & collectibles.
Backers: 140
Average Pledge Per Backer: $217

Funded: $30,380 of $30,000
Dates: Feb 27th -> Apr 1st (33 days)
Project By: Jacques-Jean Tiziou
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Latest News

Prepping & sending rewards [PLEASE NOTE]

March 29th - via:
Hi there beautiful ones, The kickstarter campaign officially closes on Monday at 2:45pm EST! Please keep an eye out for a backer reward survey that I'll send out that afternoon/evening if you're expecting a physical reward, and complete it ASAP so... (Read More)

Letters from astronauts...

March 27th - via:
Letter to Jacques from Gordon (Gordo?) Fullerton In going through Jacques' belongings, it's clear that he treasured his correspondence with his astronaut friends & heroes..  he saved everything that they sent him like this sweet letter to our... (Read More)

Big News... we're funded early, and seem to have found a home for rest of collection...

March 22nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Trajectory charts...

March 19th - via:
Hey there space fans & friends – and welcome to the 20 new folks who've just joined the campaign – thank you!  (and thanks to Robert @ CollectSpace / for spreading the word) One of the many treasures in Jacques' collection are... (Read More)

Another day, another box...

March 15th - via:
So many space files! Greetings from DC, where I'll be going through the collection with a member of the Planetary Society & a visiting astrophysicist from Harvard (both project backers – thanks guys!) who'll help me assess what's remaining of... (Read More)

Journalist's son shares 'space junk' from father's aerospace archives

March 15th - via:
In life, journalist Jacques Tiziou amassed an extensive space exploration archive. Now, his son is seeking help in finding a home for the myriad of documents, memorabilia and "space junk" that his late father left behind. Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou inherited his father's collection after Tiziou died at the age of 77 in 2017. A celebrated reporter whose work began with the beginning of the space age and who covered the Apollo moon landings for the only two French TV channels at the time, Tiziou was recognized by NASA on its media center's wall of honor after his retirement in 2011. (Read More)

Flashback to last spring & something that almost got trashed– and a dare.

March 14th - via:
To give you guys a sense of process, and how much work has already been happening on this project, here's a flashback to last April, when we discovered medium format b&w negatives from 1966 slipped into the middle of a box of trash that was... (Read More)

BONUS: an 'unboxing' video from Space Hipster Emily C.

March 13th - via:
What does a box of space junk look like? Emily C of the Space Hipsters facebook group got one of the other sample boxes and walks you through it ...  You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound... (Read More)

Halfway to first goal!

March 13th - via:
Hi guys and here's a quick note from me in Philly...  You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this content. Play Replay with sound Play with sound 00:00 00:00 We're halfway to the first target goal – thank you! As I just explained to a member... (Read More)

First sample boxes lading today! ... and a bit of clarification

March 11th - via:
Check out WHYY's piece on the project... Hi team & here's a link to WHYY's great piece on the project, although I can't seem to find a link to listen to the radio version... One thing worth clarifying from the story is that I'm not looking for... (Read More)

Sending out preview boxes... and getting featured on WHYY's The Pulse

March 8th - via:
Hi there space-fans! It was a fun day in the studio today, as we packaged up five preview boxes of Space Junk to send out to a few special folks, and had a visit from a team from WHYY who'll be sharing this project's story on their show The Pulse.... (Read More)

A special visit and a glimpse through one of the boxes...

March 7th - via:
Hi guys, I had a bit of a sick day yesterday, where some 24-hr plague hit me Tuesday night and I only got out of bed at 2pm yesterday... but what a treat to find the project 33% of the way to the first goal – thank you all! During my brief waking... (Read More)

Almost a quarter of the way to the first goal...

March 5th - via:
It's still wild to me that entire graduating classes of astronauts came through my dad's class for parties & specifically to tour his basement & see his "museum"... "With thanks from the Astronaut Class of 1998" As I try to balance saving... (Read More)

Quick request for feedback:

March 2nd - via:
Hi again,  We're just past the soft-launch days of the project and already off to an incredible start with over $5,700 pledged and 36 members in our crew. Thank you! The 30 day countdown to launch is now on... As I prepare to send the campaign out... (Read More)

Commemorative envelopes... (so many of them!)

March 1st - via:
Jacques had a huge stash of these commemorative envelopes... we're still finding more of them tucked away in more boxes...  They're quite beautiful, and there's enough of them that there'll be at least one (if not several) tucked away in each reward... (Read More)

Launch report: we're off to a great start. And we found a box of rocks!

February 28th - via:
Hi there guys, and thank you so much for joining in this adventure of sharing Jacques' stories of space exploration & sorting out and preserving / disseminating his collection.  This is going to be a strange journey, and the trajectory won't be... (Read More)

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