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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-06-2014 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 2014 Space Camp Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Friday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. CDT (2300 GMT).
The Space Camp Hall of Fame was established to honor the outstanding members of the Space Camp family, including graduates and former employees who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and friends of the Center who have made considerable contributions of personal time, effort or resources to further the goals of the Space Camp programs.
For those unable to be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the event will webcast live from the Space Camp website.

This year's inductees are:

  • Kaya Tuncer
    Kaya was inspired to build a Space Camp in his native country of Turkey after learning about the opportunity in 1996 at a meeting about technology transfer with Turkish-American NASA engineer Ismail Akbay. At its opening in June 2000, Kaya dedicated Space Camp Turkey as a "Gift to the Youth of the World." Since then, more than 150,000 youth and adults from 50 countries have attended the camp.

  • Samantha Cristoforetti
    Samantha is a 1995 alumna of Space Camp in Huntsville, Captain in the Italian Air Force and currently an astronaut with the European Space Agency. In July 2012 she was assigned to an Italian Space Agency ASI mission aboard the International Space Station — Expedition 42/43, to be launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in December 2014.

  • Michelle Ham
    Michelle Ham is a 1991 and 1994 alumna of Space Camp in Huntsville, and former NASA Johnson Space Center employee. Michelle spent 10 years working at NASA for a contractor primarily in International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control as an Operations Planner and also as an Astronaut Instructor in the Daily Operations Group. During this time, Michelle trained nearly every astronaut in the corps for their expeditionary flight to ISS or their space shuttle flight to ISS.
Guest speakers include astronaut Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager for Space Launch Systems at ATK, and Chris Singer, the director of the engineering directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-10-2014 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just back from spending a very enjoyable weekend at Space Camp, celebrating the new Hall of Fame inductees, meeting many Space Camp alums and attending a ceremony honoring the Tuskegee Airmen at Aviation Challenge.

Hab1.com is starting to put up videos of the activities, which you can watch here.

I may have more to post soon, but here are a few photos of the inductees together:

Top row, left to right: Ed Van Cise (2012), Josh Whitfield (2008), Burke Hare (2011), Jim Allan (2009), Dan Oates (2007) and Hoot Gibson (2012). Middle row: Mary Tuncer for her late husband (2014), Liz Warren (2012), Michelle Ham (2014), Marlenn Maicki (2008), Penny Pettigrew (2007), Amanda Stubblefield (2007) and yours truly (2009). Bottom row: Vincent Vazzo (2008), Georg von Tiesenhausen (2007) and Danny Jacques (2010).

Here's an alternate shot of some of the group. You can read about why they were inducted here.

Samantha Cristoforetti couldn't attend her induction this year as she's presently in Russia preparing to launch to the International Space Station in November. So here's a shot from a few weeks ago when several of us from Texas gathered at the Johnson Space Center to celebrate her honor.

From left to right: Liz Warren (2012), Andrea Hanson (2010), Amanda Stubblefield (2007), Samantha, Jim Allan and myself (2009) and Valerie Meyers (2011).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-11-2014 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My article for Space.com:
Space Camp Hall of Fame Honors Astronaut, Trainer and Entrepreneur

A European astronaut, a former NASA trainer and an entrepreneur who encouraged a new generation of international space travelers have been hailed for their success by the institution that helped to inspire each of them: Space Camp.

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