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Robert Pearlman

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posted 01-13-2022 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SwissApollo release
Legends of Space: Humankind's Greatest Adventure Continues

18th and 19th March 2022
SwissTech Convention Center

Take an incredible journey through the past, current, and future of human spaceflight and space exploration, as we tell the continuing story of humankind’s greatest adventure.

From Project Gemini to the Apollo program, to present day NASA and global space agencies commitment to landing humans including the first woman, and the next man on the moon by the mid 2020’s through the Artemis program, establishing sustainable missions by the end of the decade, and to the next giant leap for all humanity — sending humans to Mars.

Legendary figures from the Gemini and Apollo missions, with prominent figures from space shuttle and International Space Station missions, to current USA and European Space Agency space mission leaders, and global commercial space partners.

Featuring live on stage:

  • Gemini VIII and Apollo 9 astronaut, Apollo 15 commander and moonwalker Dave Scott

  • Apollo 16 astronaut and moonwalker Charlie Duke

  • Apollo Mission Control Flight Director of all the Apollo missions Gerry Griffin

  • 12th NASA Administrator and space shuttle commander, the Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr.

  • Former director of the Johnson Space Center, space shuttle astronaut and the first Hispanic woman in space Ellen Ochoa

  • NASA astronaut and the first American woman to walk in space Kathy Sullivan

  • Swiss ESA astronaut Claudie Nicollier

  • French ESA astronaut Jean-Francois Clervoy

  • ESA Senior Advisor for Science and Exploration Professor Mark McCaughrean, with special guests featuring; current United States of America space mission leaders.
Featuring singers-songwriters Mark Armstrong and Kali Armstrong, the son and granddaughter of legendary Apollo 11 astronaut and commander Neil Armstrong, with an emotional special music performance tribute to the heroes of human spaceflight and exploration.

Hosted by SwissApollo, Lukas Viglietti.

For all event and show cast information visit Legends of Space.


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posted 03-23-2022 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gareth89   Click Here to Email gareth89     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did anyone make it to this event? I’d love to hear some reviews.


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posted 04-02-2022 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Event photos here.

A couple of very short video clips on YouTube only 20-30 seconds in duration perhaps more will follow.


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posted 04-03-2022 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended the event on March 19. Charlie Bolden who was announced in the original plans wasn't present. Instead there were two additional guests, Bert Ulrich who acts as NASA's liason with the entertainment community, read Hollywood, and Holly Ridings, NASA's first female chief flight director.

To be honest, the main draw was obviously the presence of Dave Scott and Charlie Duke. I have met both on previous occasions, and I was well aware that, apart from a very expensive VIP package, there wouldn't be any room for personal interaction at this event. However, these days I regard any sort of event with more than one moonwalker as a serious proposition to consider, and so I decided to go anyway.

I had only just arrived at the convention center and was walking around the hall, when by coincidence I walked into the Omega LRV replica, where all six astronauts and Gerry Griffin had just assembled for a brief photo opportunity. Dave Scott sat at the controls with Charlie Duke next to him, and the others assembled around them.

To me, right then and there was worth the price and trouble of the trip, in that I was relieved to see both moonwalkers had actually made it — you never know at their age — and the instant awe of realizing, once again, that these two men actually drove around on the Moon. I guess it will never seize to amaze me.

The event itself started with a Q&A by Lukas Viglietti of SwissApollo of Scott, Duke and Griffin, with Lukas translating into French. Since this event was catered for a large and mostly local audience, rather than just space geeks, the answers were nothing new to me but still I enjoyed just sitting and watching them reminisce, about things like Gemini VIII, the tension in the Control Room during the landing of Apollo 11, SCE to AUX, and the value of the LRV.

Next they were joined by Kathy Sullivan and Ellen Ochoa. To the delight of the audience Kathy Sullivan was sufficiently fluent in French so that the Q&A with her was conducted in that language, without translation back into English. My French isn't too good but in this particular context good enough to sort of follow along.

Then, after about an hour, it was time for a break. I briefly went outside and was greeted by a full moon just rising.

After the break Lukas briefly talked to Mark Armstrong about what his father was like as a father, and then Mark and his daughter Kali performed a song written by him based on his memory of his first flight with his father in a glider, when he was six years old. It's called "Flight of Fancy" and describes how being in the air makes the protagonist forget about all his earthly worries. It was interesting to see Mark, looking and even sounding a bit like his father, in this role, but I found it moving.

Then the next guests were introduced, first the two European astronauts, then Mark McCaughrean, followed by Holly Ridings and finally Bert Ulrich, all of which I found interesting enough but the one problem with having many guests within a limited time frame is that you can't really delve deeply into their particular field. I did find it interesting to think that if all goes well Holly Ridings will be the next Gerry Griffin, so to speak.

At the end of the Q&A the American crew briefly reappeared back on stage, for a final farewell.

Mark and Kali's band finished the evening with one more song written by themselves, followed by Pink Floyd's Learning to Fly and Under Pressure by Queen.

Finally Mark said goodbye and to go out and look at the full moon, which I personally would have done anyway but I thought it a nice touch for him to end the evening with.

All in all, I thought it well worth the trouble and expense. After the last major event I attended, Starmus in 2019, I am glad that something of this nature was finally possible once again.


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posted 04-03-2022 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for the report. It really helped those of us who couldn’t attend. Excellent recap!

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