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irish guy
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posted 01-01-2009 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could be a bit early in this but was wondering if there are any ideas on the inductees for 2009.

We will be booking flights shortly and were interested to know who the inductees might be?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-01-2009 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the inductees will be announced later this month. The induction committee completed their voting in early November.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's gala will be held on May 1, with the public ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex the following day.

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posted 01-01-2009 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So who is eligible this year?

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Astronauts were eligible if they had made their first flights in 1992 or earlier and had been retired for at least five years from the astronaut corps. Candidates were required to be U.S. citizens who were trained by NASA as either commanders, pilots or mission specialists and had made at least one orbit around the Earth.

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posted 01-21-2009 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
collectSPACE:
Astronaut Hall of Fame to honor two space commanders and a satellite repairman
The first American to command five space missions, the first commander of the International Space Station (ISS) and a member of the first repair team to service a satellite on-orbit will be enshrined this May in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

James Wetherbee, William Shepherd and George "Pinky" Nelson were confirmed on Wednesday by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation as comprising the eighth group of space shuttle astronauts to be named to the Hall. A gala and an induction ceremony will be hosted at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, home to the Hall of Fame, on May 1-2, 2009.

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posted 01-21-2009 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news about the new inductees. Well deserved...

Anyone up for doing a Space Station sponsorship? $500 per person (x8). Not a bad deal...

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posted 01-22-2009 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just booked my AirTran airflight and rental car late last evening. I can't wait but must. Hope to see many of my collectSPACE friends at the AHOF and induction.

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posted 01-23-2009 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I, too, am planning to attend this event. It should be fun to meet some more collectSPACE members at the event. We need to set up a time to get together and talk space and have some fun. Thank you.

irish guy
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posted 01-25-2009 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After careful deliberation we have decided not to attend the induction weekend this year but instead will hopefully look forward to the launch of STS-125. Our holiday schedule would not allow the two so we opted for STS-125.

Hope the weekend is as memorable this year as all the others were!!!

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posted 01-25-2009 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is always memorable seeing old cS friends and making new cS friends... and talking with a few astronauts and ASF scholars isn't painful, either.

For those of you who haven't attended the AHOF induction and dinner, let me tell you that it is always a wonderful time.

I have many great memories, from the cS gathering at the Moonhut in 2001 to meeting fellow teacher Barbara Morgan several years later.

BMckay
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posted 03-17-2009 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me know if anyone is interested in a gathering at a local (Cocoa Beach, Titusville) watering hole after the inductions on Saturday May 2, 2009. I bet we can come up with a time and location that will work for all.

martinbiddulph
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posted 03-20-2009 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any idea please what the dress code is for the gala dinner on 1 May? Whatever it is, is it strictly observed? Thanks.

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-20-2009 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though I've seen guys dressed more casually in dinner jackets and open collars over the years I've always worn a suit & tie, as do most of the astronauts, save John Young & Jerry Carr, who favor turtlenecks!

Just be sure to get to your table ASAP once at the Apollo/Saturn V Center so you can get a seat facing the stage.

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posted 03-20-2009 11:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to expand on what Rob wrote, the invitation reads: "Black Tie Optional".

If you do not own or want to rent a tuxedo, then a dark colored suit with tie would fit in just fine.

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posted 03-21-2009 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info, much appreciated, see you there. I have booked my tickets for the AHOF Gala.

BMckay
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posted 03-24-2009 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check out the Visitor Center's website.

They are offering induction tickets (not gala) which will include a poster (not sure if signed), a guided tour by a HOF astronaut and reserved seating. Something different this year.

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posted 03-24-2009 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is an interesting option... admission, preferred seating, (unsigned?) poster, plus a guided tour by a HOF astronaut for not much more that a regular admission.

However, I really enjoy the dinner and getting to see the astronauts up close and to hear the applause of honor as they enter the room.

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-27-2009 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called KSC today and learned there is no break down of the new package which includes the AHOF astronaut guided bus tour.

If you already have tickets for the gala dinner or else you would have to pay the full $70 package price for the bus tour.

And per the KSC web site:

Guided bus tours are assigned at random. Special requests for a specific astronaut guide will not be fulfilled.
The KSC rep also put me on hold to verify that the poster included in the package would be signed by the inductees.

BMckay
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posted 03-27-2009 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the web site, tours are offered at 10:00am but don't say where they are going and for how long. It is my understanding that the poster will be signed.

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posted 03-27-2009 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are we going to meet up at KSC sometime over the weekend if so when and where?

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posted 03-31-2009 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the AHOF guided bus tour is like the normal VIP tour it will be about 2 1/2 hours long.

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posted 04-06-2009 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So where and when do people want to meet? I think a restaurant/bar on Saturday night.

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posted 04-10-2009 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about meeting at NASA CENTRAL after the Astronaut induction and deciding then? We are staying in Titusville overnight.

BMckay
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posted 04-10-2009 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds good to me. The HOF inductions on Saturday are at the Visitor Center not at the Saturn Five Center.

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posted 04-11-2009 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarlegacies   Click Here to Email lunarlegacies     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to meet up with you as well on Saturday evening. Here are a few restaurant suggestions around Titusville. Paul's Smokehouse or Dog's R Us on US1. (They have everything!) We can also try Rusty's or Fish Lips or at Port Canaveral. Let me know what you think.

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posted 04-11-2009 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Count me in... I remember our great gathering at the Moon Hut in November 2001.

Rob Joyner
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posted 04-11-2009 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by BMckay:
The HOF inductions on Saturday are at the Visitor Center not at the Saturn Five Center.

Though it has been a unique experience to watch the past five induction ceremonies from under the Saturn V it is great news that this year's ceremony will be held back at the VC. Waiting for the crowded bus ride back to the VC from the Apollo/Saturn V Center after those ceremonies made for a tiresome ending to a long day.

The info I received states that the ceremony will be held at "NASA Central". If that's under the shelter of the old Astronaut Encounter area it would be the best outside location, especially if a downpour occurs like in 2003.

Regardless, I'll have to travel home after the ceremony and won't be able to attend any Saturday night festivities as suggested by Bryan but since it is the 10th anniversary of cS, and the 40th of a few others, I think it'd be great to get all cSers in attendance to at least pose for a group photo sometime on Saturday before the ceremony.

Any takers?

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posted 04-12-2009 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob, sounds good to me. Why don't we meet up at 2pm on Saturday in front of thr big NASA sign at NASA central. The ceremony normally starts at 3pm.

Rob Joyner
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posted 04-12-2009 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds good, Martin! Who else?

BMckay
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posted 04-17-2009 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be there. FYI, on the website, the book signings are listed.

Rob Joyner
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Nice! Charlie Duke and Jim Lovell signing on Saturday! Books only though.

Blaha is giving three public presentations on Sunday but the info doesn't state if he'll be signing.

How about all of you who want to get together Saturday night meet at the big NASA sign at 2:00 p.m. for the group photo and then you can decide where you'd like to meet later that night.

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posted 04-20-2009 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be in attendance both days and I look forward to meeting many cSer's! I have also just realized that I have a spare ticket for the weekend's festivities. Anyone interested - email me off line.

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posted 04-20-2009 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have made a couple of collectSPACE badges so you know who I am. Can you do the same for ease of identification?

BMckay
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posted 04-25-2009 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, let's make a decision: To avoid crowds, let's meet at 2pm at the Astronaut Memorial Mirror and get a group picture and make plans for that night if people are interested. Wear a home made cS badge or something that shows a space mission on it. I'll have an STS-126 blue polo shirt on.

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posted 04-25-2009 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree Bryan, 2 pm, mirror.

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posted 04-25-2009 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, Astronaut Memorial Mirror it is, 2pm, see you there.

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Mirror at 2pm. I'll be wearing my gray STS-119 shirt.

We have Bryan, Garry, Martin, Brad and myself so far. Donnis, you mentioned wanting to get together. You interested? Anyone else?

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posted 04-27-2009 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll plan to be there at 2 p.m. too. I don't know what I'll be wearing, but somehow I don't think spotting me will be an issue...

For those who can't be there, NASA TV is airing the induction ceremony:

NASA TV to Air U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction May 2

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 2009 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, May 2, at 3 p.m. EDT. The ceremony will take place at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

Joining the hall of fame this year are former astronauts George "Pinky" Nelson, one of only four space shuttle astronauts to fly untethered in space using NASA's Manned Maneuvering Unit; William Shepherd, commander of the first crew to live aboard the International Space Station; and Jim Wetherbee, commander of the longest docked shuttle-Mir mission.

CNN reporter John Zarrella will host the event. More than 20 hall of fame astronauts are expected to attend, including Scott Carpenter, Walt Cunningham, Jim Lovell and Bob Crippen.

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I'll try to make it for the photo -- all you guys could use a little feminine class! I'll be wearing my (what else) "spaceychick" button. See you Saturday at 2:00!

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posted 04-27-2009 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for martinbiddulph   Click Here to Email martinbiddulph     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bags are packed, drive up to Gatwick Tuesday, fly out on Wednesday, see you all on Saturday.


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