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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-15-2005 09:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heard on the radio that NASA astronauts were going to be in New York City at the Intrepid Air-Sea-Space Museum for Kids' Week (19-27 February), but even though it's only four days a way, the museum's Web site doesn't have any info on any of the activities planned.
www.intrepidmuseum.org

I popped an e-mail to them asking if any have been confirmed, will update if/when I hear anything back.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-15-2005 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At least we know a date:

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Wednesday, February 23rd

Meet actual NASA astronauts! NASA sets up interactive exhibits displaying equipment and technology used to send astronauts to the moon. Other performances and activities provide kids with a full day of exciting programming.


John K. Rochester
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posted 02-15-2005 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aww man..thats my birthday, and I'm stuck in crappy ol' Rochester!!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-21-2005 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Altman, STS-90/Neurolab, STS-106/ISS and STS-109/HST is listed as appearing, starting at noon until 5. No word as to autographs, but _if_ I can go - still iffy - I'm bringing my Space Shuttle: 20 Years book and my STS-90 as Star Trek Voyager litho....

STS-90 was the last Spacelab; STS-109 was the last Columbia mission prior to -107, and may be the last Hubble mission as well.

FFrench
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posted 02-21-2005 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Altman is a class act and one of the nicest of the more recent NASA astros. Chatty, friendly, genuinely interested in what others have to say. You should have fun.

I don't know about signatures... but if you have a copy of Top Gun on your video shelf, take that along to be signed - he is a cast member!

FF

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-22-2005 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's try this again: At the last minute (as it often happens), I will be on the Intrepid tomorrow (as will my fiancee, who will be meeting her first astronaut), brown suede jacket, and green knapsack containing my "Space Shuttle: 20 Years" book and a few photos. Anyone who is going, feel free to say hi and suggest some place inexpensive (ho ho ho) for late lunch/early dinner.

(I'd suggest using the Intrepid's galleys, but a friend of a friend came close to starting a major fire during a sleepover some years ago. He thought they operated like the city apartments: Turn on the gas, light a match....)

WAWalsh
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posted 02-23-2005 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hart, enjoy the event. I wish I could go, but on-going grand jury service has already removed any leeway I might have had to take the day off. It looks like it will be a glorious day though.

Mike Isbell
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posted 02-23-2005 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which person did Scott Altman play in Top Gun ?

FFrench
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posted 02-23-2005 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mike Isbell:
Which person did Scott Altman play in Top Gun ?

He is listed in the credits here:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092099/fullcredits

The question really should be the other way around. While Cruise, Kilmer etc. were playing at being pilots, Altman was the real deal, doing the real flying that you see in the movie.

FF

FFrench
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posted 02-23-2005 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
More info - from a DOE website:

Altman was the Navy fighter pilot who flew the scenes for "Maverick," in the 1986 Tom Cruise movie "Top Gun," and has logged more than 3,400 flight hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.

And some words on the experience from Altman, found at: http://www.tcghs.org/photo1200.htm

...................

In 1986, the Navy assigned Scott to work with actor Tom Cruise, who was preparing for a new movie about Naval pilots, to be called Top Gun. So, when the film audience saw Cruise maneuver the F-14 during those stunning flying scenes, they were actually watching Scott Altman.

During an interview prior to a recent space flight, Scott was asked what it was like to fly the scenes in the movie, and how he got picked for that job. Scott answered, "Well, Top Gun was a real thrill. I still remember that so vividly. The word was going around town that Hollywood was coming to Miramar, where I was stationed, and they were going to do a movie, and we were all kind of excited. My squadron had just gotten back from a seven-and-a-half month cruise about a week-and-a-half before, so our airplanes were at home, we were available, we weren't too highly tasked. And it turned out they picked my squadron to supply the F-14s.
Then the skipper got together and tried to pick four guys that he thought, were mature enough, I guess, to handle, you know, the capability that they were being given in working with the movie, and all the things that were required. And the director wanted to have a small cadre of people that he could work with so you develop an understanding of what the movie folks want versus what we can do and how to try and balance those two requirements.

The flying was incredible. You know, most Navy pilots don't get to buzz the tower like in the movie - if you did you could just peel your wings off and, throw 'em at the door because you probably wouldn't be flying anymore - but, since it was Hollywood, you know, they wanted the scene. I had to buzz the tower. And, of course, they wanted nine different takes - so we did it nine times!"
...................

While stationed at Miramar, Altman and his family were also members of this science center.

FF

manilajim
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posted 02-23-2005 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott gave a great lecture today. While geared mainly for kids, it was informative and he did answer a number of questions at the conclusion. Afterwards, he moved to another area where he freely signed autographs for the happy mob. He was signing his own NASA portrait or whatever people brought to be signed. While he did sign multiples the line was long so it would not have been cool to get too many things signed. You did have the opportunity to chat and take photos as well. It was such a pleasure to meet this gentleman. I hope he gets the chance to fly again real soon. Kids Week continues at the Intrepid this weekend so if you haven't been there yet bring the family and make a day of it!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-24-2005 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since it's 0140, just a brief:

I did ask Altman about Top Gun, which he later talked about during his talk. He said he was Cougar, when he landed on the carrier in the beginning, and that he did have Tom Cruise in the back seat. Altman also said that they had to re-do scenes with the actors in the simulator, rather than in the actual flying footage, because the actors looked too green.

As this was geared towards kids, I let the kids ask the questions. On the autograph line, I also kept it brief to let everyone get their turn. I mentioned that I had met a few of his crewmates from STS-90 before: Dafydd Williams (New York), Jay Buckey (Seton Hall), and Rick Searfoss (numerous places.) Now, if I could only get to Jim P. at his college in Pennsylvania....

He signed my Voyager litho, commenting that there weren't too many of them around. Rick was the one who had the contacts that got them on the Voyager set. He also signed my Space Shuttle:20 Years book, and for my fiancee, signed a photo I had printed out of him in the M-113 (to go along with other photos I have of astronauts in the APC), for which he said he liked training for that, as well as a photo of an F-14 at sunset, taken by a VF-31 (his squadron) member.

To keep things short, I didn't ask for personalization or mission numbers, but he did add "VF-31" to the F-14 photo.

Photo of him to be posted later today.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-24-2005 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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