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Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-22-2003 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On December 31st, collectSPACE will publish its countdown of the top 10 events of 2003 to impact space collecting and space history.

Below you will find a list of the events that occurred over the past year. Please choose 10 (or suggest your own), rank them (with #1 being the most important) and submit them to no later than midnight (Eastern) on Friday, December 26.

Do not post your votes here. You are welcome to suggest additions to the list as replies to this message, but for your vote to count, it must be received via e-mail. Votes that qualify will be tallied and the resulting list will debut on this site on New Year's Eve day.

The events of 2003:

  1. Patricia B. Carey, founder of the Kansas Cosmosphere, dies at 81
  2. Thomas Stafford continues touring for "We Have Capture"
  3. Franz Strambach threatens to crash his plane in tribute to Judith Resnik
  4. Scott Carpenter tours the country to sign copies of "For Spacious Skies"
  5. Novaspace Galleries reintroduces its online auction site, Astro-Auction
  6. James Hansen selected to write Neil Armstrong's authorized biography
  7. Space Shuttle Columbia and the STS-107 crew lost during reentry
  8. eBay's space categories overtaken by listings for STS-107 souvenirs
  9. Six individuals plead guilty to the theft of debris from Columbia
  10. Pioneer 10 sends its last signal as it coasts into interstellar space
  11. Sanford & Son Antiques and Auctions sells Foton 6 for $31,000
  12. Florida selects a design for its state quarter featuring the Space Shuttle
  13. Clint Eastwood acquires the film rights to Neil Armstrong's biography
  14. The US returns Honduras' piece of the goodwill moon rock
  15. Danbury Mint debuts their "Milestones in Space Exploration" models
  16. Swann Galleries hosts its first annual space memorabilia auction
  17. Rosaviakosmos offers mail delivery to the ISS for $20,000 per stamp
  18. FOX begins distribution of Spacecraft Films' DVDs
  19. Sims & Hankow Enterprises hosts the UACC with 15 space guests in DC
  20. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation hosts its first charity auction
  21. Oleg Makarov, four time Soyuz cosmonaut, dies at age 70
  22. Rosaviakosmos expands its cosmonaut corps, adding nine candidates
  23. Marvin The Martian and Daffy Duck appear on patches for MER-A & B
  24. Spirit and Opportunity launch for Mars
  25. Sy Liebergot publishes "Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime"
  26. Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts Musgrave, Ride, Brandenstein, and Gibson
  27. Walt Cunningham re-releases his biography, "The All-American Boys"
  28. Warner Brothers releases the a two-disc DVD set of "The Right Stuff"
  29. The Space Walk of Fame Museum moves to Searstown Mall
  30. Richard Cooper displays his cover collection at NASA HQ
  31. Takara and Kaiyodo introduce StarTales mini space models in Japan
  32. Yuri Malenchenko weds Ekaterina Dmitriev from the Space Station
  33. "Failure Is Not An Option" airs on the the History Channel
  34. Disney debuts "Mission: SPACE" at Walt Disney World's Epcot in Florida
  35. "SPACE: A Journey To Our Future" traveling exhibit debuts in Seattle
  36. SETP conference brings together Mercury-Shuttle astronauts
  37. The Kansas Cosmosphere begins restoration of Gemini 6 and Gemini 10
  38. NASA marks 45 years since it was founded in 1958.
  39. Canada Post issues eight stamps honoring Canadian astronauts
  40. NASA announces Dr. Steven J. Dick as their new Chief Historian
  41. Stephen Morely files a lawsuit claiming Aldrin's watch worn on the Moon
  42. Four students are convicted of stealing Moon and Mars rocks from JSC
  43. China launches its first taikonaut, Yang Liwei onboard Shenzhou-5
  44. After 30 years, Missile, Space, and Rockets Used Books closes
  45. Astronaut Scholarship Foundation debuts the Astronaut Autograph Club
  46. Voyager 1 reaches 90 times the distance of the Earth from the Sun
  47. The Kansas Cosmosphere discovers missing artifacts that were sold
  48. The International Space Station receives its official branded insignia
  49. The National Air and Space Museum opens the Udvar-Hazy Center
  50. The nation celebrates 100 years of powered flight by the Wright Brothers
  51. Beagle 2 lands on Mars (forecasted)


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From: Huntsville, AL, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 12-23-2003 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would suggest the following additions:
  • Michael Foale becomes the first NASA astronaut to begin a second long-duration mission.
  • Scaled Composites successfully makes a supersonic flight with a new hybrid engine with SpaceShipOne.
  • Space Adventures sells tourist seats on two upcoming Soyuz missions.
  • The last of the Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope, is launched.
  • NASA announces the beginning of the Educator Astronaut program.
  • Plans are announced for the creation of NASA's first new manned launch vehicle in over 20 years, the Orbital Space Plane.

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