Astrotech Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon

  Astrotech Statement on the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Business Wire

AUSTIN, Texas -- July 20, 2009

Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ:ASTC) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas B. Pickens III today issued the following statement regarding the 40^th
anniversary of the first moon landing by Apollo 11.

“The40^thanniversaryof themoon landingreminds us of the ingenuity and
technical excellence that have drivenNASAand the American space program for
the last half century. As we celebrate this historic triumph in NASA’s past,
we are proud to be a part of NASA’s future as a leader of the International
Space Station national lab pathfinder missions. The exploration vision started
forty years ago continues today as Astrotech works towards developing products
in space to enhance life on earth.”

About Astrotech Corporation

Astrotech is one of the first commercial space companies and remains a strong
entrepreneurial leader in the aerospace industry. The Company serves our
government and commercial satellite and spacecraft customers with our
pre-launch services from our Astrotech Space Operations (ASO) subsidiary and
incubates space technology businesses now having formed three companies; the
1^st Detect Corporation, which is developing a breakthrough mini-mass
spectrometer first developed for the International Space Station;
Astrogenetix, Inc., which is producing biotech products in space and has
recently developed a vaccine candidate for Salmonella; and AirWard
Corporation, which is drawing on its space heritage of sending cargo to space
by selling hazardous material containers for the airline industry.

The statements in this document may contain forward-looking statements that
are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to
risks, trends, and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be
materially different from the forward-looking statement. These factors
include, but are not limited to, continued government support and funding for
key space programs, product performance and market acceptance of products and
services, as well as other risk factors and business considerations described
in the company's Securities & Exchange Commission filings including the annual
report on Form 10-K. Any forward-looking statements in this document should be
evaluated in light of these important risk factors. The Company assumes no
obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Astrotech Corporation
Corporate Marketing and Communications
Scott Haywood, 512-485-9520
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