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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-14-2013 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) release
A Benefit in Honor of Skylab: The Mission that Launched Science into Space

ASF along with astronauts representing every era of manned spaceflight will gather on the evening of July 27, 2013 to both commemorate the 40th anniversary of Skylab's launch into space and honor the courageous, tireless and innovative men and women who made the Skylab missions, which in many ways laid the foundation for both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs, a success.

The Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration begins with a champagne social and a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity with Skylab astronauts.

Guests then proceed into the breathtaking Apollo/Saturn V center for a sumptuous reception featuring islands of fresh salads, gourmet entrees and delicious accompaniments, as well as an open cocktail bar.

Then, in the Lunar Theatre, Skylab astronauts will share their memories of living and conducting groundbreaking science on board the world's first space station. The evening concludes with a lavish dessert spread offering a variety of tempting sweets and specialty coffees.

Private round-trip transportation between the host hotel and KSC is provided.

All eight living Skylab astronauts are scheduled to take part. The astronauts who participated in the Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test (SMEAT), a 56-day simulation undertaken in preparation for Skylab, are also slated to attend.

capoetc
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posted 06-01-2013 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I noticed that the tickets for this event are limited to only 75 participants, and ASF has added a breakfast event on Sunday morning.

Should be a great event!

mode1charlie
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posted 06-02-2013 05:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, can't make this one because of a schedule conflict, but sounds like another great one from ASF. Would be there if I could.

MCroft04
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posted 06-04-2013 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
July is a very busy month for me, plus there are only a few months here in Maine to enjoy the summer.

But I was surprised to see that the Skylab event was not sold out, so on my knees I asked my wife if I could go. Yes I married a wonderful girl and I now have a ticket to the event. I know that I will not be disappointed.

If you have not attended one of the 40th anniversary events, I highly recommend that you buy a ticket for this one now. I have DVD's from the A15 and 16 40th events, and they are priceless.

Hope to see you there!

RSimon007
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posted 06-13-2013 10:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RSimon007   Click Here to Email RSimon007     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was considering attending this event and was looking at the ASF event page.

It no longer lists William Pogue as attending. Has he had to drop out or was this just an error on the ASF website?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-19-2013 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Either Pogue's listing has been restored or it was a temporary error with displaying the page. He's still listed as participating.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 06-19-2013 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just met with Pogue yesterday, and as it now stands, he is planning to attend the Skylab reunion celebration.

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posted 07-02-2013 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm about our upcoming Skylab 40th Anniversary Celebration! We can confirm that Bill Pogue is scheduled to attend. See you there!

capoetc
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posted 07-04-2013 09:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some news reports to get folks in the mood: Similar videos are available for Skylab 3 and 4. Enjoy!

Incidentally, Part 4 is the one where they are discussing how they will deal with the failure of the solar panel and micro-meteoroid shield and whether/when they will launch Conrad/Kerwin/Weitz to the station -- very cool seeing Walter Cronkite discussing the issues.

Ronpur
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posted 07-05-2013 09:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These are fantastic! I find it interesting that every report was doom and gloom after the launch, but it kept getting more positive as it went along. But Pete was always positive!

J.L
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posted 07-05-2013 10:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks also to Mr. Gregg Linebaugh who took the time and trouble to pull these very tapes out of the Vanderbilt University television news archives about 25 years ago. There are a few of us out there who worked with Gregg (financially) to secure these news tapes, and the CBS space material that runs rampant on YouTube. I will only say that the original tapes are much cleaner.

Thanks should also go out to Mark Gray at Spacecraft Films for going to all the work that he has gone to. Mark has spent an amazing amount of time and money putting his discs together. It pains me to see so much of his material over at YouTube.

MCroft04
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posted 07-22-2013 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Kerwin is no longer listed on the ASF website as attending. I hope this is another oversight.

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posted 07-24-2013 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, we must confirm that Joe Kerwin is unable to attend this Saturday's event due to unforeseen circumstances. We removed his name from the website list earlier in July.

Everyone will probably be interested to know, however, that Astronaut Kerwin was gracious enough to autograph a number of items that will be available to our guests for purchase at the event.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday. It's going to be great!

MCroft04
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posted 07-29-2013 12:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just arrived home from another amazing space event!! More later but thanks to all the ASF staff (including volunteers) for a great time.

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posted 07-29-2013 09:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was lucky to sit with Ed Gibson at dinner, and peppered him with questions and he had great answers.

During the program after the dinner each astronaut had an opportunity to talk about their role in Skylab. The program went into overtime, but we loved it.

I had the opportunity to talk to most of the astronauts during the dinner or at breakfast the next morning. Bill Thornton was an absolute pleasure to talk to. For breakfast I stayed for 2 hours and was able to sit with Bob Crippen, Bill Pogue, and Bill Thornton.

The ASF sold globes and CSM's signed by all the Skylab astronauts attending (Kerwin had knee replacement and Garriott had stints put in so neither made the event). I purchased the CSM which will look great in my study. I'll add Kerwin and Garriott at the November ASF show if they attend.

Also got to see Atlantis (fantastic, plus I had the pleasure of congratulating Bob Cabana at dinner for a job well done). As a bonus, KSC had a Skylab panel Saturday morning.

Thanks again to the ASF and volunteers!!! What are we going to celebrate in 2014?

mode1charlie
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posted 07-29-2013 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MCroft04:
What are we going to celebrate in 2014?

I've been hoping that ASF will start a "45th Anniversary" series, the first of which would be Apollo 7 in October of this year. Mind you, I haven't heard anything so this is merely a wish I've heard others express rather than rumored plans.

Glad the Skylab event was fun and wish I could have made it.

albatron
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posted 07-31-2013 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How much did he globes and CSM models go for?

MCroft04
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posted 07-31-2013 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The CSM went for $450. And I think Kerwin had already signed it so just missing Garriott. Not sure what the globe sold for.

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posted 08-08-2013 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Signed globes sold for $400. We will soon be making the few remaining ones available in the Astronaut Store!

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posted 08-12-2013 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASF1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The signed globes are now available in the Astronaut Store!

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