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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-23-2014 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex release
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Space Shuttle Atlantis with Atlantis Astronaut Adventure Oct. 9

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the $100-million Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction with Atlantis Astronaut Adventure on Thursday, Oct. 9 featuring 12 NASA astronauts, all of whom flew on the historic orbiter.

The 12 Atlantis astronauts – Clayton Anderson, Bo Bobko, John Creighton, Charlie Walker, Hoot Gibson, Fred Gregory, Ken Ham, Mike McCulley, Jerry Ross, Brian Duffy, Bob Springer and Dan Tani – will participate in a first-of-its-kind Lunch with an Astronaut from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Oct. 9. Visitor Complex guests who purchase special Lunch with an Astronaut tickets will have one of the astronauts sitting at their table and receive a space shuttle keepsake signed by that astronaut and a Kodak photo with the astronaut as well. Lunch with the Atlantis Astronauts is $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for children, in addition to daily admission. Please call 855-378-0169 for reservations, as seating is limited.

In addition, the astronauts will be featured throughout the day in Astronaut Encounter at the Visitor Complex. Each astronaut will give a 30-minute "Mini Mission Recap" highlighting their missions aboard Atlantis. Astronaut Encounter is included in daily admission.

The 12 astronauts also will participate in signing opportunities in the Space Shop throughout the day with lithographs and books available for sale and signing.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex annual passholders can attend a special presentation featuring a question and answer session with the astronauts in Space Shuttle Atlantis from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.


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posted 09-27-2014 04:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the "heads up" Robert. I saw the homecoming celebrations at KSC and it will be nice to see some new faces from the astronaut corps. It will make a change from the same astronauts that get recycled every year at the autograph events. After all, when you've seen the same astronaut maybe two or three times, it's nice to see someone new.

David C

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posted 09-27-2014 04:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Bo Bobko is out and about, it would be great to see him at ASF. Here's hoping.


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posted 10-16-2014 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did make the effort to get to this one, and it was well worth it. Since the astronauts only signed for 30 minutes each, it was necessary to re-join the line immediately after each one, so as to be ready for the next one (there was only one signing table).

The astronauts were also appearing at the "Astronaut Encounter" function, so on one occasion I was able to get an autograph there (which, by mis-timing, I had missed out on earlier). Apart from meeting the astronauts (the best part!) the other good thing was that the signings were for FREE!

After that experience, and since I was already in the USA, what better than to spend the rest of the week at Walt Disney World, especially the space rides like Space Tours and Space Mountain (both re-vamped).


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posted 10-16-2014 11:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was able to make a whirlwind, one-day trip from Maryland to KSC and back for this event. But I did buy an annual pass to save on parking and to encourage me to make another trip or two to KSC this year.

I renewed friendships with Al H. and Torie V. while in the line. It is always great to chat with my collectSPACE friends. I was able to get something signed for a cS friend who was not able to attend and a cS friend got something signed for me later in the day while I was off to catch my return flight. Sweet!

Got five new autographs in my "Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years" book. Going through the line was a nice, but brief, meet and greet with the astronauts. All were really nice.

During the lunch break, I went over to see Atlantis. One word: Awesome. It is so well displayed.

I sent out several KSC postcards to family and friends. Remember postcards?

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