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I believe in the power of being a mentor, and the good that develops from it.
To make a difference in just one person's life is an incredible feeling and if you
believe and simply try, you can be a better person for it.
Stardust is more then a success story, it is an opportunity to explore and
empower yourself for a lifetime.
|The Stardust Arts Story....
Encouragement and drive to take the step into the “unknown and reach for the stars”,and be
the best I could be. I was given the confidence to move forward. I had a dream to follow and
an honor to bestow on one very special person that believed in my talents, but how? That
dream became a reality in January 2007, when I started The Stardust Arts and it expanded
county wide in May of 2009, with the support of the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation and many
The origin of The Stardust Arts came when I was approached by a friend from JPL
Laboratories asking if I would be interested in being part of a mission with names to be
inscribed on microchips on the spacecraft Stardust. Thinking to myself, what a very “cool”
thing to do, Cheryl Ehlers became part of more than 136,000 names collected from around the
world that were carried to Comet Wild-2 aboard the Stardust spacecraft and inscribed on two
of the chips on its way to an encounter Comet Wild-2.
Launching on February 7, 1999, the first U.S. space mission dedicated solely to the
exploration of Comet Wild 2, and the first robotic mission designed to return extraterrestrial
material from outside the orbit of the Moon from Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida, returned
after a seven-year, 2.9 billion-mile round trip, and not until January 2006, did NASA's Stardust
space capsule float down to a landing in the Utah parachuting a reentry capsule weighing
approximately 125 pounds to the Earth's surface of comet particles.
Today one of the microchips remains inside the sample capsule, returned back to Earth, while
the other microchip remains on the Stardust spacecraft, and will stay in deep space forever. At
that time, The Stardust Arts become a reality, and January 2007 began a new journey in my
Stardust Arts launched in 2009, and I have achieved both personal and professional goals
past my wildest dreams,while reaching out to others. Honored to be recognized by the CA
State Assembly, and the United Nations, more important to me is sharing and supporting
dreams of youth. Focusing on youth has been at the forefront, and I can honestly say that
after teaching over 14,300 students since 2009, I remain amazed and astonished by their
accomplishments and love every minute of it, all thanks to one special person who made a
difference in my life.
Welcome to my pride and joy, The Stardust Arts, and my Mission: to provide children and
youth with skills in visual art that will empower them for a lifetime.
Creativity is Contagious. Won't you care too?
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