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Blast Off With Starport.com on Apollo 13's 30th Anniversary

Posted April 10, 2000

— A Raleigh company has launched a new Web site just for space fans ready to blast off toStarport.com.

Starport.com offers education and entertainment. Pictures and graphics on the site are spectacular. And there is a complete list of astronauts and cosmonauts, with biographies on each.

The founders say space is an untapped market.

Executive Vice President Frank Taylor explains the site's mission is to "learn about space exploration, get excited about space exploration and have an opportunity to get a taste and a feel for what it's really like to experience space."

Starport is currently paying tribute toApollo 13, the ill-fated Moon mission that lifted off the pad exactly thirty years ago on April 11.

Starport will feature alive chatApril 13 with Gene Kranz, the Apollo 13 Flight Director.

The site will also highlight the backroom workers in the space program as well as astronauts.

"There's large groups of people that are heroes here that, in our opinion, it's their stories that people will relate to more because it's the human element that you can relate to," says CEO Dr. Andrew Schwab.

The endeavor draws on people like author Arthur C. Clarke and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon.

Starport has also teamed up with The Space Store to sell astronaut figures, toys, videos, clothing and more.

There are even plans for virtual space missions, with visitors involved in the planning.

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