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Rob Joyner
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posted 12-25-2004 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone heard when the KSC 2005 Astronaut Encounter schedule will be made available?

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posted 12-26-2004 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for november25   Click Here to Email november25     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Rob,
Just a quick answer befotre I go star gazing with my new Telescope- I am going with Hubby Ted to Florida on wed.29th,Dec,
we are visiting KSC to see STORY, so will ask a friend- know several there-will let you know after the 8th,Jan,05 when we get back.
Hope you and your family have had a great Christmas, I have been on the Whisky and aussie red wine, cheers, all the best
from your Friend BRENDA,

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posted 12-26-2004 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capejeffs   Click Here to Email capejeffs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brenda we're having a cold wave at the cape but I think its supposed to warm up a little, we'll see what we can do since you're coming all the way from UK! Have you seen Saturn thru your 'scope? Rob I think I recall that St Simons Island was considered for the Apollo launches. Happy holiday season.

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posted 12-28-2004 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy holidays Brenda!
Sound's like you and Ted had a grand ol' time! Good for you!
So what kind of telescope did Santa bring you? I only have a small reflector. I can see Jupiter and the Galilean moons, a very small Saturn and rings, but nothing revealing. I think I actually let my subscription to 'Astronomy' magazine run out because I got tired of drooling over the large and expensive Meade and Celestron scopes advertised within!
Glad you're getting to meet up with Story again. Truly a remarkable man. He probably won't remember me, and you may be already in transit, but ask him if he remembers a guy from St. Simons Island and his two young nephews!
It was great to meet you and Ted last May in Titusville. Will you be returning in late April for the Astronaut Hall of Fame weekend? If you've never attended one, you really ought to put it on your 'To Do List'!
Nice to hear from you!
....and 'Cheers!'
Rob

And happy holidays to you too Jeff! I've sent you a message off site. Looking forward to talking with you!

PS
After hearing back from 'CapeJeffs', I learned his name is Bill, just in case anyone else wanted to write him!

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I'm sorry, Rob, it wasn't St Simons. It was Cumberland Island that was considered for Apollo Saturn launches. That would've given you a mighty good view though. They had trouble finding a good site. I thibk it was James Webb that said, 'CAPE CANAVERAL IS THE WORST POSSIBLE SITE, EXCEPT FOR ALL THE OTHER SITES.'

Praying deep help & mercy for Asia

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On a more pleasant note, Cape forecast for the weekend is mid 70s & sunny for those with time off to see KSC, and for Brenda.

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posted 12-30-2004 01:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info Bill! I don't know if you're familiar with my area but the entire southern coast of GA is known as The Golden Isles of Georgia. It includes from north to south: Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland Island.
Little St. Simons and Cumberland are accessible only by boat.
The southern tip of St. Simons is about ten miles from the northern tip of Cumberland, as the crow flies, (Jekyll is in between).
So you are very correct in saying that I would have had a very good view!
A bit of trivia...
The southern coast of GA is the most western part of the U.S. eastern coast. Because of our locale and the Gulf Stream, I think this is why we haven't had to experience the massive devastation of hurricanes.
Thanks again, Rob

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Whoa, 10 miles! Your St Simons Isl just might be TOO close then. I guess they would have had to put the APOLLO SATURN PADS farther down & in on Cumberland Isl., when they were considering that site for the moon launches! Farthest west shore & less hurricanes up there -- ok, that fits with their criteria. But Cape Canaveral has been blessed along those lines -- till crazy '04!!! Say do you know what I was talking about on your island regarding the historic site home of that hymn writer? Is that on your beautiful St Simons Isl there?

[OHH HONESTLY ROB, I thought there were 6 posts before so I didn't check -- I missed ya!! Oh well, glad to see your post now. And Happy New Year, friend!!]

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posted 12-31-2004 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capejeffs   Click Here to Email capejeffs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Special Telegram For ***BRENDA***BRENDA***BRENDA***

Special Bulletin for
****FLORIDIANS or SPACE CENTER VISITORS****

IF YOU'RE STILL HERE AND YOU WON'T BE TOO HUNG OVER FROM NEW YEAR'S, REMEMBER: SAT. 6:49am THE I.S.S WILL GO FROM WNW to SO FROR 2 MINUTES, FOR YOU TO SEE FROM RIGHT HERE WHERE ITS GREATEST COMPONENTS WERE LAUNCHED INTO ORBIT.

Brenda/Hubby, send an email & I'll meet ya at Space Coast Denny's if poss!

A Happy, Safe, and Blessed NEW YEAR 2005 to you Rob J., to all Collect Space visitors, to Brenda/Hubby, & to site master Mr Pearlman

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posted 01-01-2005 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Bill,
I don't know if they ever wrote any hymns, but Methodism founder John Wesley and his brother Charles preached here on St. Simons in the late 1700's. In fact, the Methodist Center here was named 'Epworth by the Sea' in honor of the Wesley's boyhood home of Epworth, England.
They came at the request of Gen. James Oglethorpe, founder of Fort Frederica here and also Savannah, GA.
I wonder just how seriously Cumberland was considered for the Apollo launch site.
Rob

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Well, one source I have listing the EIGHT CONSIDERED APOLLO LAUNCH PAD SITES, mentions only one of those sites twice, and that's the Cumberland site. It specifically says Cumberland was considered "SERIOUSLY." Details on the selecting process would be interesting to look up, and man oh man, wouldn't that have changed your nice area DRASTICALLY, Rob! Now for the final point coming up here, remember that technically they call pads 39 A and B the Merritt Island Launch Annex. Again, yes, the quote above was indeed from JIM WEBB, and the correct quote is......"MERRITT ISLAND IS THE WORSE PLACE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT EVERYWHERE ELSE"

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By the way, I've definitely been several times TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL SMALL GEORGIA ISLAND, THERE, AND LOVED IT!!! Yes, yes, the Wesleys & Epworth England! I remember low spreading, olddddd trees, wonderful beaches, nice little downtown. Man, early colonial fort ruins too! (we've got one in St Augustine, home of Ripley'sB.O.N., wild to see old European history over here, isnt it). A little fuzzy on my English history, who's Frederica, Rob!?!?!

That's indeed a nice locale you have.

Heheh, St Simons, imagine. Rob, forgive me, but, with the Asia disaster on one hand, on the other, I'm just a little bit in awe & wonder from Collect Space related things, and its good to look up. Heard anything from your friend Brenda?

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posted 01-05-2005 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like they have a list through the ened of March:
http://www.ksctickets.com/dinwitas1.html#la

Dine With an Astronaut is usually the same as the encounter.

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posted 01-05-2005 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have updated Sightings to incorporate the Jan-Mar schedule (thanks Ben!).

Rob Joyner
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posted 01-05-2005 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ben and Robert!
It's good to see Jerry Carr and Bill Pogue will be returning to KSC!
Rob

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See Skylab names, nice seeing Garriott in '04. Asked if he was sad seeing Skylab disintegrate, he said a great loss. You prob'ly know original plan in shuttle design days -- shuttle lifting Sklab's orbit & saving it, but shuttle delays precluded. [ Answering other question better, Rob: My meager start is Guenter W., who I see occasionally, and Bob Seick, then one other and also a great, kind of funny pair I have on 8x10 that I'll have to tell you about. But you, from the greatest journey of humankind, have many times that, Rob ]

Wouldn't it be just terrible for a man having YOUR NAME FEMINIZED forever? ( www.nps.gov/fofr/ ) http://www.nps.gov/fofr/

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