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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-20-2009 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I had Friday off anyway, I went up to see Tom Henricks (STS-44, 55, 70 and 78) in New York City. Originally scheduled for a 2 p.m. talk, it was pushed back to 3 p.m.

He showed a video with the launch of STS-78, which included clips from his other flights.

Henricks also took questions and answers, everything from where he got his inspiration to be an astronaut (the M/G/A astronauts), whether or not Pluto should be considered a planet, and of course, "How do you go to the bathroom in space?"

He also signed afterward, though the Intrepid didn't have photos of him. (The NASA table did have that comic-book-type poster of a shuttle launch, NASA decals, Orion lithos - and a punch and make paper Orion model book from Martin Marietta, which were quickly gone.)

I was told by one volunteer (after seeing my Space Shuttle: 20 Years book and I pointed out Scott Altman's autograph, from when he was on Intrepid) that Buzz Aldrin had visited earlier that day.

Unscheduled, but a welcome bonus was "Kevin Kregel of Amityville," as Henricks called him: his pilot on the STS-70 and -78 flights.

Kregel was sitting in the audience, and as I made my way to him, he was making his way out. He was nice, though, when I and another collector asked, to sign our books.

Also of interest on the Intrepid: a mock up Gemini capsule that kids can sit in, and a mock up Mercury capsule; and an original Intrepid-Gemini recovery ship patch.

Tomorrow and Sunday Dave Hilmers (51J, canceled 61F, 26R, 36 and 42) will be on the Intrepid.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-20-2009 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, and one more thing: the gift shop has, of all things, the original version of the STS-101 patch! For those keeping track of such things, the manufacturer on the card was neither AB nor Lion....

WAWalsh
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posted 02-21-2009 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the write up. I am taking my boys into the City today for a visit to the Intrepid.

WAWalsh
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posted 02-22-2009 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those looking for something to do in Manhattan today (Sunday, Feb. 22), head to the Intrepid and meet Dr. Dave Hilmers. Dr. Hilmers gave a 30 minute or so presentation Saturday which included two brief films (one giving NASA's early history through SKylab and the second covering STS-26's return to space). He signed autographs afterwards and was an outstanding gentleman, taking time to speak with each individual and personalizing each autograph.

[and, as for the simulator nearby, all I can say is do not turn the controls of a Corsair over to a 12 year old unless you are ready to experience a lot of wild flying]

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-23-2009 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was there on Sunday - pretty quiet, relatively speaking. I felt bad for Hilmers, who had a big audience but which quickly shrank as his talk progressed. He gave a VERY detailed explanation on how to go to the bathroom in space, and how the male crewmembers have a, uh, unique dilemma in using the WCS.

He forgot about 61F until I asked him. He didn't know if that training was what caused most of the 61F crew to be given the return to flight. (My theory is, both 61D and 61E were Spacelab flights, and 61F was not only the next crew, but a crew without a mission and a crew trained in flying with a large satellite, and since NASA's priority was in replacing TDRS-B....)

I also directed two people to CollectSPACE and its sightings page after a woman noticed my signed book and wanted to know how I met most of the astronauts. (I'll take my referral fee in Zimbabwean dollars, Robert....)

Oh, and I mentally groaned when I overheard a dad say to his kid, "He's a real astronaut. He walked on the moon."

WAWalsh
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posted 02-23-2009 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He did seem to have a large number of details that he was willing to pass along on the one subject. Have to admit, I have never understood why everyone wonders about this. Glad you took the opportunity to meet him.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-24-2009 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My first astronauts I met was Robert Gibson, in Cooperstown, near my college, and Deke Slayton, at one of his last appearances, in Stony Brook, near my house. However, I didn't start being an astronaut enthusiast in earnest until I got the autographs of the STS-26R crew, by mail. Since then, I've meet George Nelson, Rick Hauck, and now Dave Hilmers in person.

Had I thought about it, and were I doing a one-on-one with Hilmers, I would have asked him about STS-42, and how close to launch was it when he replaced Carter - which would have also led to the questions 1)was he assigned a mission before he was slotted to 42 and 2)would he still have become a doctor if not assigned to the flight?

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