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posted 01-29-2006 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BigWaveDave   Click Here to Email BigWaveDave     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aloha all...

I had the pleasure of attending The Challenger Memorial Event at The Ellison Onizuka Space Center today here on The Big Island. The event was attended by many.

Ellison Onizuka was born and raised here in Kona and is truly a local hero. He and the others who gave their lives for the exploration of space were all in our hearts and minds especially today.

Each January a NASA astronaut comes to the Big Island (Hawaii) for a local science fair in Hilo and a Challenger Commemoration Event at The Onizuka Space Center, located at The Kailua-Kona Airport.

This year's astronaut was Mission Specialist Robert Curbeam (STS-85,98). Robert is a great speaker, and real good with the kids.

Astronaut Curbeam presented to Ellison's brother and the Space Center a montage from STS 85 with a flown Hawaiian state flag. He also showed a video of STS=98 and his accomplishment of installing the Destiny Lab onto The ISS.

Yesterdays local newspaper headlined "Rembering Challenger" and Ellison. On the front page was a photo of Astronaut Michael Fincke who was here last year. Of course standing right next to Michael in the photo is your's truely, BigWaveDave ....yup ...waiting to get an autograph ...... imagine that!

Just can't help myself!!

Take care,

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irish guy

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From: Kerry Ireland
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posted 01-30-2006 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great report Dave,always like to read ur postings.Maybe someday u might show me around the Center,all the best,Eamonn


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From: Delft, Netherlands
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posted 01-30-2006 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW ! So that's what it looks like when Michael Fincke actually SIGNS something ... <LOL>


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From: Sandpoint, ID, USA
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posted 01-30-2006 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great post, Dave. Really enjoyed the photos. Like Eamonn, maybe I can dream of you showing me the place some day, too.



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From: Cincinnati, Ohio, Hamilton
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posted 01-31-2006 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
any extras curbeam signed photos?


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posted 01-31-2006 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great post Dave. Thanks!


David Stephenson

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posted 01-31-2006 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Stephenson   Click Here to Email David Stephenson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Dave,
i really enjoyed this post.

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