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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-12-2004 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By Frank Sietzen
United Press International
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President George W. Bush has asked the Apollo 11 astronauts and their families to join him in a private meeting in the White House Oval Office next week, administration officials told United Press International.

Officials described the meeting -- on July 21, which is 35 years and one day after the first moon landing -- as a private affair and not an event. The three former astronauts -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins -- will attend along with their families. Other retired astronauts from the Apollo era also may attend the closed meeting.

Sources close to some of the astronauts hinted that a public statement urging support for the president's new moon-Mars space plan might follow the meeting, but there has been no official confirmation of that prospect. On the evening of July 20, the actual 35th anniversary of the landing, NASA and aerospace industry will host a reception for the astronauts and their families at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

No public statement is expected at this event, which will also be closed to news media, UPI was told.


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[This message has been edited by Robert Pearlman (edited July 12, 2004).]

Glint
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posted 07-13-2004 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
....Sources close to some of the astronauts hinted that a public statement urging support for the president's new moon-Mars space plan might follow the meeting, but there has been no official confirmation of that prospect.....

I was wondering if there is any update as to when or where. Allan Needell, do you know anything that you might share to clue us in?

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posted 07-16-2004 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"On the evening of July 20, the actual 35th anniversary of the landing, NASA and aerospace industry will host a reception for the astronauts and their families at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington."...

I would sure like to go to this event... does anyone out there need an escort, guest, or new best friend to go with them?

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posted 07-16-2004 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hilary   Click Here to Email Hilary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have an invite to the event at NASM on Tuesday night, but I am still trying to figure out how to get there from Huntsville! NASA employees got the information on Tuesday making it difficult to make last minute (inexpensive) travel plans. I am still hoping to figure something out...

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posted 07-16-2004 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody willing to pay the travel costs can be my best friend!

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posted 07-16-2004 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonder if my Air and Space volunteers badge would do anything for me That would be the best perk I can think of for volunteering, I bet they could recruit a ton of CS members if that was the case!

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posted 07-16-2004 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert,

Do you have any info on how one would obtain a ticket for the ceremony at the Air & Space next week

collocation
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posted 07-16-2004 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like to know in the event you can not make the July 20th ceremony, would you be willing to sell them to me. I would also fund FEDx charnge, I live about 5 miles from the Air & Space in DC

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Originally posted by Hilary:
I have an invite to the event at NASM on Tuesday night, but I am still trying to figure out how to get there from Huntsville! NASA employees got the information on Tuesday making it difficult to make last minute (inexpensive) travel plans. I am still hoping to figure something out...

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Like to know in the event you can not make the July 20th ceremony, would you be willing to sell them to me. I would also fund FEDx charnge, I live about 5 miles from the Air & Space in DC

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Originally posted by DavidH:
Anybody willing to pay the travel costs can be my best friend!


Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-16-2004 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not to dash anyone's hopes, but NASA employees' invites are non-transferrable. For a guest to attend, the NASA employee would need to be present and show his/her badge to enter. He/she must have also RSVP'd by today.

I have a few friends going who have said they will take pictures during the evening. I'll post what they send for everyone to enjoy (also note the event will be broadcast on NASA TV).

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