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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-03-2012 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SAMSUNG SpaceFest, a 5-day festival, will celebrate the opening of Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's Space Shuttle Pavilion, and its newly acquired Space Shuttle Enterprise.

For those who are museum members, the premiere event includes Mario Runco Jr., and Ellen S. Baker (M.D., M.P.H.).

Astronauts scheduled to be present, 19th through 21st: Runco, Jeffrey A. Hoffman (PH.D.), Kevin R. Kregel, Baker, Charles J. Camarda (PH.D.), Michael J. Massimino (PH.D.), Karol J. Bobko (Colonel, USAF, Ret.), and Lee M.E. Morin, M.D., Ph.D. (Captain, USN.

Garrett Reisman scheduled to be there on the 22nd, along with Kregel and Morin only.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-17-2012 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the Intrepid, three of the four original Enterprise pilots, Richard Truly, Joe Engle, and Fred Haise, will join NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the opening ceremony of the Space Shuttle Pavilion on Thursday (July 19) at 11 a.m. EDT.

Gordon Fullerton, who is unable to travel, will be represented by his wife, Marie.

The three are not scheduled to take part in any of the other SAMSUNG SpaceFest activities.

onesmallstep
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posted 07-17-2012 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice! I was wondering if any of the ALT crews would make it, as there will probably be another 'opening' when Enterprise gets its own exhibit space in a few years. I already have my ticket for Thursday's events.

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posted 07-17-2012 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be there, too. If you see me, please say hello —

Tomorrow, two photographers (Ben Cooper and Katie Darby) and I will be going into the pavilion to produce a preview for collectSPACE. On Thursday, collectSPACE and our partners at SPACE.com will be at the Intrepid to provide full coverage.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-17-2012 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reports via Twitter share that Bob Crippen, Fred Haise and spaceflight participant Greg Olsen were among the guests for a special advance preview tonight aboard the Intrepid...

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-17-2012 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Not surprised if Olsen was there. Not only is from NJ, but his Soyuz capsule is on Intrepid. In fact, if I recall correctly, Olsen told me he expected his capsule to be displayed near Enterprise - but things could have (and still can) change.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-18-2012 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fun fact: Bobko served as a chase pilot for ALT. So that's another reason for him being present on Intrepid.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-20-2012 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a GREAT time yesterday.

Didn't see the Enterprise itself (!) — because the pavilion didn't open to the general public until 2 p.m. and when I went up to the flight deck a little after 3, the line stretched from just before the bridge to the pavilion — or almost three quarters of the carrier. I live in NJ and it's not a hardship to go to the Intrepid, so it's no big deal.

Saw Massimino, Truly and Engle walking in or outside the museum. All the advertised astronauts were there, as well as Melvin. Bolden was there also as well as Garver.

Have to play back the recording, but the Enterprise astronauts received a standing ovation when introduced. Haise called the Enterprise flights the capstone of his career.

As for autographs, there were specific times only when those would be given. There didn't seem to be limits as to how many items signed (although Runco refused to sign a cover and he for the most part insisted on personalizing, I think Hoffman too.)

Originally one could queue up for both astronauts (two at a time were signing), then it was one per astronaut per person — in other words, you went to one astronaut, then if you wanted the other you got in line again, like the 135 crew at the Eventi Hotel. The lines went by fast. All the astronauts there were signing (Bobko wasn't scheduled to sign yesterday) had photos with them.

I got my Space Shuttle: 20 Years book signed by Baker, crossing her off my bucket list (I met her in 2004 but she said she would be only signing for kids). No Engle, as I saw him only outside and on stage.

The bonus, though, was getting my book and a wire photo autographed by Truly, who wasn't doing any formal signings. We got his attention before the ceremony started, and he commented on how much hair he had in that photo (it was taken in 1976!) I welcomed him back to his old ship.

I got photos signed by Camarda (training as backup for ISS Exp. 8) and Kregel, two astronauts I had met but didn't have photos of. Too late (like this morning) I realized I had a photo for Hoffman to sign, the 61E gag photo, but he doesn't like signing crew items of canceled flights, am I correct?

When we left a little after 3:30 there was still a long line of people waiting to get into the museum (general admission), about a block or two long. It pays to get tickets in advance (and there's a $2 discount), although there's no timed entry for the pavilion.

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posted 07-20-2012 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended the days' events on July 19th, and there certainly was a lot to see and do. After picking up my will-call ticket, I got up to the flight deck in time to see the dedication ceremonies; not many of the general public were there behind the metal barriers-in any event, you could hear instead of see most of the speakers because the stage was at an angle to the viewer and PA speakers blocked the dias.

I then set off to get some astronaut autographs, and I met six of the New York-born astronauts at their appointed signing times in the Hangar Deck. Nice touch in providing borderless color portraits of themselves to give out. Mike Massimino mentioned when asked that he should appear in the second episode in the fall of the TV series Big Bang Theory. They also signed my photo of Enterprise landing at Edwards during the ALT flights, in the same way I had astronauts attending Discovery's welcome ceremony at Udvar-Hazy sign a photo of her touching down at KSC.

Then it was off to see the NASA and other exhibitors' booths on the pier and inside the Hangar Deck (Note to New York-area residents or visitors: by requesting 'Pier Access' only, you can get in free to see the exhibits through Sunday, and attend the free showing of the 2009 Star Trek movie on the flight deck Saturday, postponed from tonight). An excellent free souvenir from one of the NASA booths was a 100+ page spiral-bound guide to the ISS, with foldouts, color photos and astronaut crews.

Finally, it was time to see the main attraction. After a short 20-minute wait in line (thanking the heavens that it wasn't raining or being baked by 90 degree-plus heat), I entered the pavilion and was struck by how tight a fit it was, after seeing Enterprise at Udvar-Hazy during my visits there. As it stands now, you can't really take it all in with one look or photo shot; you have to move around and maybe take a photo at an angle from the rear behind the tailcone or from the side, next to the stairways leading up/down from the nose (Memo to museum curators: you might consider covering the opening that exists in the plexiglass between the viewing platform and the nose tip, as one man with very long arms could and did reach out and touch it. Also, mirrors or at least a 360-degree photo could offer a view into the cockpit area, which was kept dark).

The only artifact other than the orbiter on display was the US flag carried by the SCA when it flew in with Enterprise to JFK airport in April; I'm sure other things will be put up for viewing like the flight suit worn by one of the ALT pilots that was on view at Udvar-Hazy for many years. There were also many excellent photos and videos to see around the orbiter, and an 8-minute film on X-planes and the space program narrated by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy. Not surprisingly, several people came dressed up in Star Trek uniforms to see 'their' starship.

All in all, a memorable opening day to welcome New York's newest resident. After Discovery and now Enterprise, next up is Atlantis' debut next year in Florida. I'll be there!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-20-2012 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, you're right in that the general public didn't have that great a view of the stage. In that I was disappointed in not being able to take photos of what was going on. But I was able to ID the astronauts.

Ah, man, I missed that spiral guide because I didn't visit the pierside booths. But I did pick up a litho of Enterprise, much like the ones done for the other shuttles after the program ended.

Were any astronauts in the pavilion?

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posted 07-20-2012 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended today's fun but very soggy event (heavy rain in NYC today but the pavilion held up nicely). I arrived with my two sons early to get as much time in the pavilion with less of a crowd in order to take some good pictures. There was a big crowd today despite the poor weather. We did get to meet six astronauts (all were signing) — Mario Runco, Mike Massimino, Ellen Baker, Charles Camarda, Kevin Kregel and Lee Morin. Only slight disappointment was that Karol Bobko and Jeff Hoffman who were originally on tap for Friday were not there due to a scheduling change. NASA and its various contractors had a number of great give aways unfortunately they did not have the ISS piece that was mentioned in an earlier post. If anyone has an extra copy that they would be willing to part with let me know.

My sons and I have followed Enterprise's move from DC to Washington each step of the way. We were there when it arrived at JFK. Watched it being barged as it passed by Queens. Saw its arrival at Intrepid and the lifting of her onto the flight deck. It all came to a great close today seeing Enterprise in her new home. We're looking forward to visiting many more times in the future.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-21-2012 08:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by RocketmanRob:
We're looking forward to visiting many more times in the future.

Uh huh. And hoping that the Enterprise astronauts will still be around when the permanent home is dedicated in two to three years time.

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posted 07-21-2012 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a really great time at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum today touring my mom and grandmother (95 years young!) around the Space Shuttle Pavilion.

The Intrepid staff are to be commended with helping to make sure my grandmother, who was in a wheelchair (she can walk but cannot stand for long periods of time) had full access, including rising to the platform at the front of Enterprise to view the nose. (Her first comment upon seeing it, "That is big.")

We met briefly with STS-110 mission specialist Lee Morin, who I have interviewed before but I wanted to introduce to my family. My mom was really happy to meet an astronaut.

There were some really great handouts at each of the SpaceFest booths. I noticed Webb Space Telescope decals and tattoos, Commercial Crew stickers and posters, and International Space Station magnets. Almost every booth had nicely laminated bookmarks, ranging from Space Launch System to Mars Science Laboratory.

I bumped into cS'er Mark Usciak outside the shuttle pavilion, and saw some familiar faces among the SpaceFest exhibits, including managers and public affairs representatives from Lockheed and NASA, as well as Space Camp's marketing director.

There was quite the crowd at the Intrepid today, long lines to get into the pavilion and many, many kids exploring the SpaceFest. Time will ultimately tell, but it looks like Enterprise's arrival has tapped into new audience of space fans.

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posted 07-23-2012 01:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I arrived in the New York area at around 6 a.m. on Friday morning, having been delayed a few hours by the weather, and, after a short nap at my motel room, arrived at the Intrepid at about 11:30 a.m. There was a long line for General Admission and the people in the Will Call line were admitted ahead of those who needed to purchase tickets, thus it was around 12:30 when I finally got in side the museum complex. Mario Runco was on the pier 86 and gladly signed my book 'The Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years' and two crew lithos. I then attended a presentation by Charles Carmada and Lee Morin in the theater and afterwards Dr. Carmada signed my STS-114 crew litho. Kevin Kregel was scheduled to be on pier 86 at 2 p.m., however a few minutes before 2 it started raining and his appearence there was cancelled. After the lecture I went to the Space Pavilion, walking through the rain on the Intrepid's flight deck, and saw the Enterprise inside. Kevin Kregel was inside the Pavillion and he signed my book and the STS-70 and 78 crew lithos. I then called it a day and headed back to my motel. Although I was not happy about the rain, the bright side was that the temperature was around 70 degrees.

On Saturday, after a decent night's slepp, I arrived at the Intrepid at around 9:00 a.m. and waited for it to open at 10. I hadn't planed to arrive an hour early, but this was an example how when one allows extra time, they usually arrive with time to spare. Shortly after 10 I entered the complex and Dr. Ellen Baker and Dr. Garrett Reisman was on peir 86.

Dr. Baker signed my book and my STS-34 & 50 crew lihos and a souvenir hand fan from Smart TV's exhibit which Dr. Reisman also signed. I then went up to the Space Pavilion and saw Karol "Bo" Bobko inside. Col. Bobko sign an individual litho for me as well as the Smart TV fan. I went from there to the hanger deck and watched a 15 minute fim about the intrepid. I was amazed at the special effects that accompinied the film. I then went to pier 86 and Dr. Carmada was present and added his signature to the fan. I chatted with him for a few minutes and then it was time to go. I met a friend of mine from college for lunch and some sightseeing and then headed back to Maryland. It was a very rush, rush experience but one I was glad to have been to.

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