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garyd2831
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posted 04-22-2014 03:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that Neil Armstrong has left us, will there continue to be the Apollo 11 reunion between Aldrin and Collins at the White House as we have seen in the past?

Are there any major celebrations in the making or being conducted by the National Air and Space Museum this coming July?

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The National Air and Space Museum does not have an event including the astronauts on its calendar for July (at least not as yet). Curator Allan Needell will dedicate an "Ask An Expert" presentation on July 9 to "Displaying a National Treasure: The Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia."

The White House generally doesn't announce visits until (at most) the day before, and more often it has been the day of or after the event.

There are however, other 45th anniversary events planned:

  • The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York, will hold a 45th anniversary celebration on July 12. The event will include the participation of Buzz Aldrin (as well as Fred Haise and Walt Cunningham).

  • The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama will hold its annual Space Exploration Celebration on July 18. Though the event is not Apollo 11-specific, given the date, it is likely to incorporate the anniversary.

  • The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, has devoted its Family Day on July 19 to "commemorating the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing by learning about rocketry and space flight through fun demos and hands-on activities."

  • The USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, Calif. will host a Splashdown 45 celebration, featuring Aldrin, on July 26.

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posted 06-14-2014 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The University of Arizona Lunar Planetary Lab (Tucson) will host lectures, tours and artifact presentations on 20 July.

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posted 06-15-2014 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They all look good, but although there's zero chance I can attend, the UA one in Tucson looks especially interesting. Scott, do you know if there are any plans to livestream or post YouTube videos of any of the presentations?

And please let us know, when you hear something, when/where those not attending there in Tucson can see the documentary "Desert Moon".

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posted 07-14-2014 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA Honors Historic First Moon Landing, Eyes First Mars Mission

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

NASA's Apollo 11 crew landed on the moon July 20, 1969. The world watched 45 years ago as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set their lunar module Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above in the command module Columbia.

The agency will commemorate Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind" through a number of events across, and above, the United States during the next two weeks, as well as on the agency's website and NASA Television.

On Friday, July 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT), NASA TV will air a discussion about the future of space exploration between scientists and actor, director, and narrator Morgan Freeman, live from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The event also will include NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman participating from the International Space Station.

Also on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (1930 GMT), NASA will host a discussion with Buzz Aldrin and astronaut Mike Massimino at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York during the Intrepid Space and Science Festival. NASA also will have exhibits and activities at the festival Thursday, July 17 - Saturday, July 19.

On Sunday, July 20 at 10:39 p.m. (0239 GMT July 21), when Armstrong opened the spacecraft hatch to begin the first spacewalk on the moon, NASA TV will replay the restored footage of Armstrong and Aldrin's historic steps on the lunar surface.

On Monday, July 21 at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) from the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA TV will air live coverage of the renaming of the center's Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Armstrong, who passed away in 2012. The renaming ceremony will include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Apollo 11's Collins, Aldrin and astronaut Jim Lovell, who was the mission's back-up commander. International Space Station NASA astronauts Wiseman and Steve Swanson, who is the current station commander, also will take part in the ceremony from their orbiting laboratory 260 miles above Earth.

Kennedy's Operations and Checkout Building has played a vital role in NASA's spaceflight history. It was used during the Apollo program to process and test the command, service and lunar modules. Today, the facility is being used to process and assemble NASA's Orion spacecraft, which the agency will use to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s and Mars in the 2030s.

On Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 GMT), which is the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's return to Earth, the agency will host a panel discussion — called NASA's Next Giant Leap — from Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Moderated by actor Seth Green, the panel includes Aldrin, NASA Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green, JPL systems engineer Bobak Ferdowsi, and NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, who will talk about Orion and the Space Launch System rocket, which will carry humans on America's next great adventure in space.

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posted 07-22-2014 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by garyd2831:
...will there continue to be the Apollo 11 reunion between Aldrin and Collins at the White House as we have seen in the past?
NASA photo release
President Barack Obama meets with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Carol Armstrong, widow of Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and Patricia "Pat" Falcone, OSTP Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during the 45th anniversary week of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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posted 07-22-2014 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
White House release
Statement by the President on Meeting with the Crew and Family of Apollo 11

Forty-five years ago, while the world watched as one, the United States of America set foot on the moon. It was a seminal moment not just in our country’s history, but the history of all humankind.

The three brave astronauts of Apollo 11 –Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins – took the first small steps of our giant leap into the future. And for all the years since, they and their families have served as testaments to American ingenuity and human achievement. Today, I was honored to welcome Buzz, Michael, and Neil’s wife, Carol, to the White House to mark this historic anniversary – and to thank them for serving as advocates, role models, and educators who’ve inspired generations of Americans – myself included – to dream bigger and reach higher.

Today, under Administrator Bolden’s leadership, the men and women of NASA are building on that proud legacy by preparing for the next giant leap in human exploration — including the first visits of men and women to deep space, to an asteroid, and someday to the surface of Mars — all while partnering with America’s pioneering commercial space industry in new and innovative ways.

The United States of America is stronger today thanks to the vision of President Kennedy, who set us on a course for the moon, the courage of Neil, Buzz, and Michael, who made the journey, and the spirit of service of all who’ve worked not only on the Apollo program, but who’ve dared to push the very boundaries of space and scientific discovery for all humankind.

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posted 07-22-2014 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Too bad the meeting became just a closed White House staged event; it shouldn't have been.

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posted 07-22-2014 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This wasn't the first time that the crew's visit with the President has been private. In 2004, President George W. Bush met privately with the crew in the Oval Office. In 2009, President Obama did the same.

Reagan held a ceremony for the 15th anniversary, but then met privately with the crew in the Oval Office.

We also don't know if the guests of honor (or some subset of them) asked for the visit to be private.

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posted 07-22-2014 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't know why then the White House Correspondents’ Association would lodge a formal complaint this time around.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-22-2014 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because someone in the organization wanted to meet Aldrin and Collins?

Who knows, but they really didn't need to have any reason other than they wanted access.

chet
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posted 07-23-2014 01:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chet   Click Here to Email chet     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Because someone in the organization wanted to meet Aldrin and Collins?

No doubt about that!

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