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HistorianMom
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posted 10-17-2011 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I see that the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website now has a date posted for their Apollo 16 anniversary celebration honoring Charlie Duke, John Young, and Ken Mattingly.

Do people here think this celebration will be of the same magnitude as the recent anniversaries? My son and I have always wanted to attend one of these, but we certainly cannot afford an Apollo anniversary banquet and Spacefest IV within weeks of each other.

Any guesses as to whether Mattingly and Young will participate?

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posted 10-17-2011 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Charlie Duke, Ken Mattingly, and John Young have all attended ASF/AHOF events in the past.

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posted 10-18-2011 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the early interest in the Apollo 16 40th Anniversary! We're working hard to create another stellar event and will post details on the who/what/when as soon as they're firm.

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The last three for 13, 14,and 15 were literally stellar.

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posted 10-19-2011 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMacKinnon   Click Here to Email BMacKinnon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking forward to this one! I wonder who else on cS is planning on attending this event?

bruce
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posted 10-19-2011 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bruce   Click Here to Email bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might be there.

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posted 10-19-2011 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm considering it too.

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posted 10-19-2011 10:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am considering attending also!

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posted 10-20-2011 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astrobar1   Click Here to Email astrobar1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Count me in! (hopefully...)

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posted 10-20-2011 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dog320     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in.

HistorianMom
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posted 10-20-2011 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son really wants to attend this event, and it's five days after his 16th birthday, so he will probably get tickets for a birthday present... Lord willing and the creek don't rise...

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posted 10-20-2011 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope to attend.

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posted 10-20-2011 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the protocol regrding autograph requests at these events; or are such requests taboo?

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posted 10-20-2011 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At all past mission-anniversary events which I've attended (14/15), a 'no autographs please' policy has been in place.

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posted 10-20-2011 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks David. I'll just have to hang on to my unsigned Ken Mattingly WSS litho for a another time then.

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posted 10-20-2011 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by David Carey:
At all past mission-anniversary events which I've attended (14/15), a 'no autographs please' policy has been in place.

How about photo requests, as in, "Would it be okay if I took a picture of my son with you?"

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posted 10-20-2011 03:17 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos are definitely okay.

MikeSpace
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I like the 'No Autographs' rule at these events. Seems to make it that much more casual, that and the small number make the vibe loose, and, at least to me, it seemed to make for everyone being more relaxed, more open.

At the Apollo 13 ,14, and 15 events astronauts would take a picture with you. The ASF also has a master photographer, Karl, who takes table photos and can often get a great snap of you with an astronaut.

And being in the Saturn V room with that many people is like having the place to yourself.

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Agree with Mike. These are classy events, and to have people running around trying to get autographs would really seem crass. The ASF people really know what they are doing - and it's a very good cause.

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posted 10-30-2011 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If John Young and Ken Mattingly do attend this event, then I might consider buying a ticket and attending this event. Will have to wait and see what pans out? Thanks.

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posted 10-31-2011 10:44 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are not for autographs, for several very good reasons, one being perhaps, for some astronauts, that's one reason why they attend these 40th anniversary events.

My fancy way of saying: Maybe that's one of the reasons why Neil has attended in the past.

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posted 10-31-2011 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by astro-nut:
If John Young and Ken Mattingly do attend this event, then I might consider buying a ticket and attending this event.
We are in the same boat. We have to choose between this 40th anniversary event and Spacefest IV; we simply cannot afford both.

If we had never been to a Spacefest, Spacefest IV would win out — multi-day as opposed to one night, lots of chances to have meals with and interact, lots going on with the talks, art, tours, etc. Spacefest is a blast.

The anniversary event is a different kind of event, and the anniversaries have in the past attracted astronauts and other NASA luminaries who don't participate in the commercial shows. So we're torn.

If we knew for sure that Young and/or Mattingly were going to participate, we would do the anniversary event.

We have 12 days to decide (we'll try to buy universal packages at Spacefest on the first day of sales if we decide on Spacefest IV)... all in all, I can say that this is a most wonderful dilemma to be having, and I don't think we can lose either way.

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posted 11-02-2011 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It has been noted elsewhere that as the shuttle orbiters are being processed for shipment from KSC, one is being kept up in the VAB. Great news for anyone taking the new "Inside KSC" tour. Wonder what the odds are that there will still be one in there next April 14th?

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posted 11-02-2011 05:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably not; the reason for an orbiter being parked in the VAB is because there are only two available orbiter processing facilities and three orbiters.

As presently targeted, Discovery will be departing on April 12, so its plausible the other two will be parked inside the OPFs.

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posted 11-04-2011 05:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Endeavour was there yesterday, about 20' away looking at her from the nose (behind a wire fence).

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You're killing us Mel! We'd better see some pics here soon.

You should make plans to be here in D.C. when Discovery arrives at NASM in April... that's going to be spectacular.

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posted 01-21-2012 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ticket application is now up on the ASF website. The announcement suggests that Mattingly and Young will not be at the event. The dinner will highlight LMP Charlie Duke and backup crew members Fred Haise and Ed Mitchell. Tickets are $1,000.

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posted 01-21-2012 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might want to use this link instead.

I think the key phrase for this event is, "...and more Apollo Astronauts to be announced". Although, the line-up is already pretty darn stellar, with Bean, Cernan, Cunningham, Gordon, Lovell, Schweickart, and Stafford in addition to those listed in the post above. And, only 100 tickets will be made available — I am aware that over half of the tickets are already sold, and it is likely much more than half by now.

Having attended these events before, I can vouch for the excellence of the event... and of the worthiness of the ASF cause. If you have the means, I highly recommend attending. You won't be disappointed.

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posted 01-21-2012 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have gone with or without Mattingly and Young, but my husband seems to think that spending in the neighborhood of $3500 dollars to fly down to Florida with the kid for a one-night affair would be "self-indulgent." As if that were a bad thing. Some people just don't get it.

I've been pouting for a couple of days over this, but I think I'll get over it.

When we were at the Cosmosphere to see Al Worden this fall, the staff hinted at some sort of "big" celebration of Apollo 16 in the spring. That was before Orwoll, left, though. But I am renewing our premier membership to the Cosmosphere anyway, hoping for some kind of consolation prize event.

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John's right - ASF puts on great events, and the ticket price is well worth it. And it goes to a great cause.

I expect more astronauts to be announced later - that's the usual pattern.

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posted 01-22-2012 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DC Giants   Click Here to Email DC Giants     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a ticket and am really excited to attend this event! I am a little disappointed that Young and Mattingly may not be there, but it promises to be a great event. I am hoping that Armstrong will be there too. When I asked Nicole at ASF if there was a possibility, she said that he has not responded yet to their invitation so at least he has not declined yet!

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Do we know if Young and Mattingly have formally declined, or if they're still considering?

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Harrison Schmitt has been added to the list of astronauts attending the anniversary soiree.

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John Young in my mind is the biggest legend of all astronauts. To see him speak would be amazing and I'm considering making the trip. I hope Young and Mattingly make it. This will probably be the last Apollo gathering in which the whole of a crew will be there. I do hope not though!

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I agree it would be great if Young and Mattingly can attend, but at this late date I am not optimistic. I'm sure the ASF folks have done and are doing everything they can to get the entire crew to attend. But I attended the A15 40th, and regardless of how many of the A16 crew attend (Charlie will be there) it will be a wonderful evening.

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For anyone planning to attend who thinks they might lack for things to ask Charlie Duke, here's a great conversation starter:
A group called Transception Incorporated, self-described as an Austin, Texas based psychic R&D operation, sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden that nominates the Apollo 16 crew for the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. But there are strings attached. [T]he medal is being recommended for astronauts John Young and Charles Duke allegedly coming upon an extraterrestrial "shipwreck" on the surface of the moon during their third lunar surface excursion on April 23, 1972. A prerequisite for the award is that the crew is "released from secrecy" about what they really saw on the moon.
Since we now know that Young/Duke were the ones who actually discovered Transformers on the Moon, hopefully the Blu-Ray Director's Cut of the Transformers movie will correct this for the historical record.

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According to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, only 10 tickets remain for this event.

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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has announced that their soiree is now sold out.

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The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has announced its public Apollo 16 40th anniversary celebration:
Apollo 16 40th Anniversary

It was just 40 years ago when the fifth mission to land humans on the moon launched from Kennedy Space Center on a journey to the lunar highlands. The 11-day mission featured three moonwalks, including a 17-mile lunar rover "road trip" to collect more than 200 pounds of moon rocks to return to Earth.

Meet the astronauts of Apollo, learn of the challenges of journeying 250,000 miles from Earth and discover the treasures the moon holds as we mark the 40th anniversary of Apollo 16 on April 14, 2012.

Be among the few to have the opportunity to explore Kennedy Space Center on a guided bus tour featuring an Apollo astronaut as tour guide for an up-close visit of Launch Pad 39-A, drive by the Camera A/B Stop, Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Control Center, Orbiter Processing Facility and complete the tour at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Following the tour, you will witness a one-of-a-kind panel discussion with Apollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot Charlie Duke, with Apollo 16 back-up crewmembers Fred Haise (Apollo 13 astronaut), and Edgar Mitchell (Apollo 14 astronaut).

Each guest will receive an autographed copy of Charlie Duke's book, Moonwalker.

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Due to a professional commitment (after sale intervention in Belarus with a return flight on April 14), I will unfortunately no longer be able to attend Apollo 16 forthcoming anniversary.

If someone is interested in purchasing my ticket, it is available. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail. Thank you for your understanding.


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