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Space Foundation Recognizes Sputnik’s Child by Bentley University Professor Fred Ledley as a Certified Space Imagination Product


Space Foundation Recognizes Sputnik’s Child by Bentley University Professor Fred Ledley as a Certified Space Imagination Product


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The Space Foundation has recognized Fred Ledley’s first novel Sputnik’s Child as a Certified Space Imagination ProductTM, and Ledley has pledged to donate profits from the sale of the book to support Space Foundation education programs.

The novel, which was released this month, recalls the events that shaped the ideas and lives of the baby boom generation and laid the groundwork for an age of technology and its challenges. It explores how a generation was inspired by the Apollo missions to the Moon, the drama of Apollo 13 and the tragedy of Space Shuttle Challenger. Told through the eyes of a woman born the day Sputnik was launched in 1957, the story follows her from childhood through the “Age of Aquarius,” a time of social malaise, the “Me” decade and years of irrational exuberance to experience both the full potential of a technological age and its unfulfilled promise.

Certified Space Imagination ProductsTM, part of the Space Foundation’s Space Certification ProgramTM, are entertainment products, books, games or toys that increase interest in and excitement for space and inspire new generations to take an active interest in space.

“This novel underscores the power of space exploration to inspire an entire generation with hope in the face of great challenges,” said Kevin Cook, director – space awareness programs for the Space Foundation. “In a time when many are looking for a new ‘Sputnik Moment’ to galvanize a public response to contemporary problems, Sputnik’s Child revisits the phenomenal impact space exploration has had on our society.”

“Our students today have not had the experience of listening as the Apollo astronauts read Genesis from orbit around the Moon, watching as human footprints were stamped on its surface or crying when the promise of Challenger was lost,” said Fred Ledley, author of Sputnik’s Child and a professor at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. “The work of the Space Foundation helps ensure that their generation is inspired the way we were.

“It is a special honor to have this novel recognized as a Certified Space Imagination Product and to donate proceeds from the book to the educational programs of the Space Foundation.”

Sputnik’s Child is available in paperback and electronic editions from online retailers and by request at bookstores. Visit and on Facebook.

About Space Certification

Space CertificationTM products and services are guaranteed to effectively promote the value of space utilization or to have stemmed from or been improved by technologies developed for space exploration. Comprising three categories - Certified Technology Products, Certified Educational Products and Certified Imagination Products – the program is administered by the Space Foundation to provide a unique marketing edge for partners, demonstrate how space technologies improve life on Earth and make space more accessible to everyone. The Space Certification program is complemented by the Space Foundation’s Space Technology Hall of Fame®, a scholarly recognition program that honors extraordinary space technologies that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. For more information, go to and

About the Space Foundation and Space Foundation Education Programs

The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry. Founded in 1983, it is a leader in space awareness activities, space-related research and analyses and major industry events, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation is building the next generation of space leaders and improving the overall quality of education through teacher, student and community programs that integrate space into the classroom to improve students’ interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). See Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation has an office Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Texas and Florida. For more information, visit or follow the Space Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube.

About the author

Fred Ledley is an accomplished physician, scientist, entrepreneur and member of the baby boom generation. He has written extensively on topics ranging from biology and medicine to philosophy, ethics, education and the sense of wonder. In his first novel, Sputnik’s Child, he provides a human perspective on the ideas that influenced his generation and the faith that will inform the future. Ledley is a professor and the Chair of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University, where he teaches biology, management and futurism.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit


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