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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-28-2014 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
National Air and Space Society release
National Air and Space Society Lecture Series
Space Shuttle Missions and Memories

Friday, March 14, 2014; 8:00 pm
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA

Presenters:

  • Captain Robert L. Crippen, USN (Ret.), astronaut STS-1, STS-7, STS-41C, and STS-41G
  • N. Wayne Hale, Jr., NASA Flight Director and manager of the Space Shuttle Program
  • Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, astronaut STS-112, STS-126, ISS Expedition 18, STS-119, and STS-135
Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn about the evolution of the Space Shuttle Program from those who experienced it first-hand.

Speaking about the early program is Captain Robert Crippen, a software-savvy test pilot who understood the "mind" of the revolutionary new space shuttle, who flew it four times in the first four years, making the first-ever manned orbital test flight.

Representing the mid-shuttle era is N. Wayne Hale, Jr., an engineer who served in the Mission Control Center as flight director for 40 shuttle missions, overseeing ascent and entry, and eventually becoming the Space Shuttle Program manager.

And Dr. Sandra Magnus will speak on the final phase of the program. She is a scientist-engineer who flew on the shuttle four times, worked almost five months on the International Space Station, and served on the final shuttle mission crew.

The lecture is for members of the Museum's National Air and Space Society and their guests only. There is no charge for Society members to attend, but advance reservations are required. If you are already a member, visit here to reserve tickets. If you would like to become a member, visit here. Membership dues directly support the National Air and Space Museum and begin at just $35.

There will also be a buffet dinner reception before the lecture with the lecturers for Society members at the Mercury Friendship 7 level and higher. For more information about the reception, contact the Membership Office.

JBoe
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posted 02-14-2014 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert! I do have a question though. I have to get a membership and wanted to try the membership link to try reserving tickets, but I got an error. Has ticket reservations for the event closed?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-14-2014 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Registration is still open; the link they provided however, has an issue. I've updated it to point to the ticket request form.

JBoe
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posted 02-22-2014 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if any fellow cS'ers are going to be in attendance. I know a rough count (as of early last week) was approximately 500 ticket holders. If any of you do attend, I would be interested in conversing with you... just need a symbol to identify you with.

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posted 02-22-2014 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sometimes at events I will carry an 8x10 sheet of paper with "CS" on and make a contact with fellow cSers.

About a month ago at NASM after the introduction of the latest group, VANMANSCUBA asked me if I was cS. I should have replied YBYSAIA but I answered the proper "yes."

Grounded!
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posted 02-23-2014 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have cS patches for situations such as this, but a cS pin would be nice also. Robert, any progress?

JBoe
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posted 02-23-2014 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A pin would be great to identify members with. I'm not sure if I could get a patch and sew it on a shirt by the time of the event. I'll have to think about it. It's good to see someone else from cS will be there

cycleroadie
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posted 02-23-2014 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I should be there, tickets are reserved.

jiffyq58
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posted 02-24-2014 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am planning to be there. And for those who are going, there is a nice bonus the next day at the Udvar-Hazy Center. Pam Melroy will be speaking at 1:30 as part of Heritage Family Days: Women in Aviation and Space. I believe that is free for anyone who visits the museum that day.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-24-2014 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It sounds like a great event, though its slightly unfortunate it was scheduled at the same time as "Live from Space," an unprecedented two-hour National Geographic Channel and Channel 4 (UK) broadcast live from NASA's Mission Control and on board the International Space Station.

Of course, those who go to the museum can watch the TV special later (just be sure to set your DVRs).

With regards to cS pins, I had delayed their production but should have news soon.

JBoe
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posted 02-24-2014 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
jiffyq98, thanks for that tid-bit about Pam Melroy! I did notice the listing of March 2014 events there's a "From Sand to Space: Shuttle Tiles and Blankets" presentation throughout the month of March. It's too bad that it's only 15 minutes long

Robert, thanks for the update on the pins!

jiffyq58
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posted 03-09-2014 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any cS folks who are coming to this and want to meet, please email me. Thanks.

JBoe
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posted 03-15-2014 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During last night's lecture, all of the panelists agreed that it was probably premature to conclude the shuttle program. Both Robert Crippen and Sandra Magnus valued the role of the shuttle to ferry broken parts back to earth to figure out what was wrong and design the part to perform better.

I think that they agree that concluding the shuttle program was a cost benefit, but problematic to return broken parts for study.

I finally met a few of our fellow cS'ers last night and it was great listening to the lecture and had a great time sharing stories with Bob, Eric, and Jeff. Unfortunately, we didn't get to have other items signed due to the turnout. Although the book signing was great! Eric, Bob's son, was given a flown bookmark from STS-114 by N. Wayne Hale.

I'll looking forward to seeing you guys in June!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-15-2014 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those who missed it, here is the archived webcast of the event:

Glint
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posted 03-15-2014 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My friend Tom invited me to the happy hour and buffet in the space hangar before the lecture. We picked a small rather out of the way 4-top table located beneath the wing of STS Discovery.

While minding our own business a couple approached and asked if the other two seats were spoken for and if not could they join us. I looked up and it was Bob Crippen and his wife Pandora. What a nice couple they are.

Before the buffet I saw NASM space shuttle curator Dr. Valerie Neal near the book store driving an electric cart. I mentioned that I had seen her the previous night on the National Geographic Channel's documentary "Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission" on Netflix. She seemed pleased to be recognized and admitted she has yet to see the program for herself.

Discovery
Tom enjoying dinner with Discovery

jiffyq58
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posted 03-16-2014 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at this event as well and, as Jason says, it was top notch. Great to meet you Jason, and Bob and Eric, too. I really appreciated hearing the insights into the shuttle program that Crippen, Magnus, and Hale offered.

I also went back to Udvar-Hazy the next day to hear Pam Melroy speak, and was really impressed with her ability to make her talk interesting to both the adults and the children in attendance. There were a lot of kids there, especially girls, since the program was celebrating women in aviation and space history. Melroy invited as many kids as would fit to come down and sit on the floor in front of her so they could see the pictures she was showing in her presentation. And she took a lot of questions after she finished her talk, and every single one of them was asked by a child. She took those questions about how do you go to the bathroom in space, and how do you eat in space, which I'm sure she has heard about a million times, like it was the first time she had ever heard them asked. She was really great with those kids.

It made me wish I had brought my 4-year-old son with me to hear her. I didn't think he would do well at the event the night before, or I would have. Next time they do something that is geared towards young people, I'll be bringing him.

JBoe
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posted 03-25-2014 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was a great night and wanted to share a photo of us that we had someone take.

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Left to Right: Jeff, me, Eric (Bob's son), and Bob

jiffyq58
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posted 03-25-2014 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting that, Jason!

fredtrav
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posted 03-26-2014 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, living well away from Washington, I could not make the event. I would like to thank the staff of the store for getting me a signed book and sending it on to me. Much appreciated.

Glint
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posted 03-27-2014 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom noticed my tie in Mark Usciak's photo of the event posted in the Sightings section. His photo also caught Sandy Magnus encouraging me to rejoin the AIAA.

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