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DC Giants
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posted 04-05-2012 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone planning on attending the Apollo 16 40th Anniversary event which includes a bus tour with an Apollo astronaut at KSC on the 14th? I am attending the ASF event that evening and I wonder if there is time for both activities.

capoetc
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posted 04-06-2012 06:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because the KSC tour and panel discussion ends so late I think the only way to do both would be to do the tour dressed for the event Saturday night (probably too hot to do that and still have a presentable suit) and then stay at the Saturn V Center after the panel discussion (not sure if you would be allowed to do that).

The bus back from the Saturn V Center will be enroute to the Visitors' Center at the same time that the bus from the Courtyard will be enroute to the Saturn V Center, so no way you could make it back to the hotel, change clothes, and then go.

It appears that the scheduling of the two events was done to make it so the astronauts could do both -- which certainly makes sense.

I think even if you skipped the panel discussion and took a different KSC bus back to the Visitors' Center, you would not have time to get to the hotel and change before leaving for the event that night.

DC Giants
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posted 04-06-2012 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input - that's kinda what I thought. I will stick to the main event!

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posted 04-06-2012 03:24 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked Nicole at ASF about this, and she told me that there is no way to get back from the ASVC to the hotel in time. So as John points out if you just stayed at ASVC to wait for the main event you'd be left with the problem of a gnarly-looking suit.

DChudwin
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posted 04-14-2012 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How was it? Wished I could have been there.

arjuna
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posted 04-15-2012 01:04 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was great - including an unexpected visit by Neil Armstrong, which most of us didn't know about until we boarded the buses.

MikeSpace
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Another wonderful event. Jack Schmitt could not make it, sadly. But as mentioned above, Neil was there, looked like he had a great time.

I know I did; I sat at his table. The discussion we had made my day, week, month, year, and life.

Will have a photo album up on Flickr tomorrow but now... sleep.

Kudos to the ASF team. Wow.

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posted 04-16-2012 02:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil gave a wonderful tribute to the Apollo 16 crew. He is a master in front of a group of people (and maybe even landing a LM on the lunar surface).

Jim Lovell did a masterful job as emcee. Charlie is such a great guy, as well as his family members who attended.

Linn, Nicole, et al did a wonderful job as always. I sat with Dick Gordon at dinner. Another great human being! Unfortunately he hardly had a chance to chew his food because someone kept pumping out questions.

And yes, the Apollo 12 crew really did play "Sugar Sugar" on the way to the moon. And danced to it too!

MikeSpace
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posted 04-16-2012 08:46 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Slideshow of the Apollo 16 40th Anniversary Soiree: more to come I need sleep.

hlbjr
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posted 04-16-2012 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hlbjr   Click Here to Email hlbjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice slide show Mike. I thoroughly enjoyed the affair and continue to be amazed at the access we have to the astronauts after all of these years. I'm also amazed at how good natured the astronauts are. Good friends and an amazing setting made for a great experience.

fredtrav
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posted 04-16-2012 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the slideshow from one who could not be there.

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posted 04-16-2012 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic, thanks.

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posted 04-16-2012 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another "A+" ASF affair and I second the comments above.

The Saturday event - and the weekend/people/conversations that surrounded it - all made for a great time.

MikeSpace
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posted 04-16-2012 02:43 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Added some more, wanted to show what the VIP guests received. The ASF had a special patch made; a signed and inscribed copy of Moonwalker, A ceramic [?] Apollo 16 badge/pin. An Apollo 16 cover. These were very pleasant surprises.

Centerpieces were LEM models signed by Duke, Haise, and Mitchell.

I also feel some weird reason to point that, though the slideshow shows my placecard next to Neil's, I was actually one seat away. I switched them, took the picture, then switched them back to correct.

I feel no guilt as fifteen minutes later someone had swiped it, and it sure wasn't me!

I believe the winner of the ASF auction for 'Be an Honorary Astronaut at Apollo 16 Soiree' was seated with Neil. Not 100% on that.

Chariot412
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posted 04-16-2012 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remarkable! Wonder if there's any chance Neil will make the Apollo 17 Dinner. Nicole seemed to believe he would try to make all of them. Sure hope so!

DC Giants
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posted 04-16-2012 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This was my first ASF event I attended and man was it great! I really enjoyed talking with the Astronauts, listening to stories of the glory days, talking some politics with Dick Gordon and Gene Cernan, meeting Neil Armstrong and on and on.

It was also nice to meet fellow enthusiasts including Mike and David above!

DChudwin
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posted 04-17-2012 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to Mike Black for the great photos. Looks like it was a fun event. I'm going to try for the Apollo 17 event, if and when.

Chariot412
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posted 04-17-2012 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
I'm going to try for the Apollo 17 event, if and when.
The Apollo 17 Dinner is during the Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show in November.

Dave Clow
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posted 04-17-2012 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful slides, Mike.

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posted 04-23-2012 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for geminidsgeek   Click Here to Email geminidsgeek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's really great to hear such positive responses from all of you for our Apollo 16 event. I know myself and the rest of the ASF team certainly had a wonderful weekend. Thanks to all of you for coming out, and thanks, Mike, for the pictures!

arjuna
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posted 04-23-2012 03:10 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second the thanks and congratulations to the ASF team for putting on a great event. And Mike, great pics!

Already looking forward to Apollo 17...

Larry McGlynn
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posted 04-23-2012 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was an excellent event. I enjoyed seeing the astronauts as well as friends again.

Well done to the staff of the ASF.

Nigel Mc
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posted 04-29-2012 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a video of the Apollo 16 event like the Apollo 15 one?

DC Giants
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posted 04-29-2012 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know of any videos posted publicly, but ASF will be sending out a DVD of the event to those who attended.


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