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MadSci
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posted 09-06-2012 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like I will be attending the public memorial service at the National Cathedral next week. I was wondering if any other collectSPACE members will be there?

I will be driving in from the Gaithersburg area if anyone wanted to car pool. Perhaps there might be a chance to meet and go for lunch afterwards? — Martin

tncmaxq
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posted 09-09-2012 08:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope to be attending though I have not received a ticket yet, only an email. I probably will take a cab from the hotel since the cathedral is a bit too much of a walk for me from Metro but maybe I could get a ride from you after. We'll see how it goes.

MadSci
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posted 09-10-2012 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received an email saying that they were sending me two tickets. I had only asked for one, so this might be in error, however if there is anyone in the DC area who wants to use my second ticket, please let me know.

MadSci
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posted 09-10-2012 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tncmaxq:
I hope to be attending though I have not received a ticket yet, only an email.
It would be nice to meet you there. I'm not sure whether to drive or take public transport. One one hand there's rush hour and the need to drive, park, take the metro, then a bus, vs drive thru rush hour and find a parking spot.

Either way, I would be happy to try and meet up, although given the vaguaries of transportation it might be best to contact each other by cell phone/text when we get there. If you're interested I'll send you my phone number by private mail.

tncmaxq
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posted 09-10-2012 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same deal here where the email said I would get 2 passes. Until I have them in hand though I will hold off on offering the extra one to anyone. I am just hoping they arrive in the snail mail tomorrow because I am leaving for DC after work Wednesday and if the mail is late that day I might not get what they send me. Not sure what happens then.

You think they will allow cameras? If you'd like to email me the address is in my profile. Thanks.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-10-2012 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tncmaxq:
You think they will allow cameras?
Allowed or not, keep in mind, this is a memorial service inside a cathedral. NASA will have a photographer there, and the video of the service will be archived. There will be media there as well, but I think the atmosphere should and will be a solemn one.

MadSci
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posted 09-11-2012 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not so sure Robert that this will be a solemn affair. It is a memorial service, not a funeral. That said, they will announce any limitations on cameras, which of course will be respected. Personally I was not expecting to take photos of the event per se but there may be an opportunity to catch a photo or two afterwards.

In any case, the Cathedral itself is highly photogenic, and they do allow photos inside under normal circumstances. Check out my photos of it here, including the "Space Window."

MadSci
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posted 09-11-2012 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, the Cathedral sent me an email tonight. No photography of the event, however photography is permitted before and afterwards as usual.

Mike Isbell
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posted 09-12-2012 01:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have just been notified that I have received a ticket to attend the Memorial Service at the National Cathedral.

MadSci
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posted 09-12-2012 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The memorial will be broadcast live on NASA TV and streamed on the Cathedral's website.

You need to sign up to receive the Cathedral's feed. Both Michael Collins and Gene Cernan will be speaking as part of the ceremony.

MadSci
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posted 09-13-2012 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MadSci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the Neil Armstrong Memorial, seated underneath the "Moon Window" with the moon rock brought back by Apollo 11. How fortunate!

The mood is respectful, but not at all somber. Service to begin in a few minutes.

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posted 09-13-2012 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For anyone interested, here is a list of astronauts and other notable attendees I saw at the service today:
  • Joe Allen
  • Julie Payette
  • Sen. John and Annie Glenn
  • Tom Stafford
  • Charlie Bolden
  • Mike Collins
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Gene Cernan
  • Dave Scott
  • Dick Truly
  • Owen Garriott
  • Ellen Ochoa
  • Leland Melvin
  • John Grunsfeld
  • Scott Altman
  • Charlie Walker
  • Frank Culbertson
  • Michael Lopez-Alegria
  • Kathy Sullivan
  • Kevin Chilton
  • Janet Kavandi
  • Sen. Bill Nelson
  • Authors James Hansen and Andy Chaikin
  • Fmr. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe
  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
After the ceremony, Cernan spent alot of time outside of the cathedral mingling with people, and Dave Scott was very accommodating with the press, giving lengthy on-camera interviews.

A very well done tribute to Armstrong that I feel fortunate to have been able to attend.

WAWalsh
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posted 09-13-2012 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought I saw Chris Kraft in a photo on the Washington Post website, but may be wrong on that.

Go4Launch
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posted 09-13-2012 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gen. Stafford was not in attendance today; that was Adm. Mattingly.

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posted 09-13-2012 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That may well have been Adm. Mattingly...I saw him from the side at a distance. Given where he was seated, he might have been better seen on the TV coverage near Glenn and Aldrin.

I was surprised how many shuttle flyers were there.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-13-2012 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, that was Mattingly, seated just behind the Glenns and Aldrin.

spacekiddo
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posted 09-14-2012 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacekiddo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if it is possible to get of copy of the Memorial Service booklet? It's sad there's hardly any press coverage on event in the Netherlands...

Chariot412
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posted 09-14-2012 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Go to the National Cathedral in Washington website. Click on the Neil Armstrong memorial on the front page and open the free PDF file. It's a copy of the service program, including notes and hymns.

spacekiddo
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posted 09-14-2012 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacekiddo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks very much! I guess I completely forgot about internet remembering the days of Apollo 11.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-17-2012 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A copy of the program is currently on eBay, with a bid of $45 and change (item 290775190562). Geez, I should print out the PDF and make my own copies, maybe jazz it up a bit....

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