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Space Geek FL
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posted 10-20-2011 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Geek FL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm planning to attend this year, a car accident kept me from going last year. I'm really looking forward to it. I plan to extend my vacation a bit and take in some of the sights in AZ. I can't wait.

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posted 10-20-2011 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's what we like to hear.

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posted 10-20-2011 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andy (Chaikin) WILL be giving the banquet keynote.

Ed Gibson (Skylab 3) is coming to Spacefest.

Dr. Britney Schmidt will talk about Europa. Dr. Schmidt was an Arizona undergrad (now living in Austin by way of UCLA) and was the subject of a NY Times article.

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posted 10-20-2011 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Bravo, Kim! You're the best! Thanks for soliciting and listening to people's opinions. I know that's not always the easiest thing to do!

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posted 10-20-2011 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news that Andy Chaikin will be giving the banquet speech.

May I suggest a topic? How about "Bridging the Gap between Old Space and New Space"? Andy has the perspective to discuss the recent paradigm shift in how NASA does business.

Instead of directly contracting companies to do specific tasks with voluminous requirements and regulations, NASA is now leveraging commercial companies with seed money, competitions, competing contracts, and overall goals. Comercial cargo and comercial crew development are examples of this new approach. Planned competition for parts of the in-house managed Heavy Launch Vehicle are another.

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posted 10-20-2011 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding news! Don't think you could have done better.

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posted 10-20-2011 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
"Bridging the Gap between Old Space and New Space"
We hadn't given it a title yet, but that's exactly the subject.

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posted 10-21-2011 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like a LOT of fun. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at SF III, and look forward to making it to IV.

One minor point, and one question... on the SF IV autographs webpage someone transposed Cernan's Gemini mission to Gemini 6, it should be 9. (Do I hear Jimi Hendrix playing in the background?)

The question is, is it at all likely that Jim Lovell will be there?

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posted 10-21-2011 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lovell will almost certainly be there.
Cernan typo fixed, thanks.

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posted 10-21-2011 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HistorianMom   Click Here to Email HistorianMom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Spacefest:
Lovell will almost certainly be there.

What a superb event this is looking to be!

Spacefest
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posted 10-21-2011 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lovell IS coming, but only for one day, probably Sat.

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posted 10-30-2011 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've just LOWERED the price on "Galactic" ticket Packages from $775 to $695.

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posted 10-31-2011 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've added some new events to the Spacefest website.

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posted 11-11-2011 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tickets are now on sale-- just got mine!

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posted 11-11-2011 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got mine. Now I just need to get my holidays approved.

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posted 11-11-2011 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine too. This will be my first Spacefest.

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posted 11-11-2011 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My first one for me too Mel. I did not go to last weekend's show but look forward to seeing familiar faces at Spacefest.

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posted 11-11-2011 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A dozen Universal packages remain.

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posted 11-11-2011 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tad_N   Click Here to Email Tad_N     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine to!

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I also missed last year, and after hearing from people like General Duke himself how amazing it was, bought my Universal today.

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posted 11-12-2011 11:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Spacefest:
A dozen Universal packages remain.
Two remain.

By the way, Friday June 1 is Charlie and Dottie's 49th anniversary. She's coming, also.

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posted 11-13-2011 01:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael1976   Click Here to Email Michael1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just viewed the website for Spacefest IV. Please forgive me as I have never been to one before and gave a couple of questions that website fails to answer...
  1. Can you buy admission tickets at the door?
  2. How do the autograph sessions work, prices, day, etc.? Also I assume some will have their own booth (Cernan, Bean). Are they approachable for pics and a signature or is this off-limits?
Wish the website touched on more of the "getting around info" for newbies. Thanks in advance.

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posted 11-13-2011 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am a school teacher so the high dollar tickets are generally out of my price range. I have been to the past two Spacefests and they are truly incredible in spite of my budget limitations.

I just buy admission to the autograph show and the general talks. During the two days the astronauts sign (Friday and Saturday). The pace is unhurried and they will spend time talking to you, posing for pictures and telling stories of their flights! Every astronaut has their own table usually with a helper and they are very ready to please as far as how and where you want an autograph.

Prices will be posted well before the event so you can plan your signings. Email me offline if you want more details, but you can look at prices for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation show and get a pretty good idea.

Don't forget the speakers and scientists that are there. They will autograph and sign books for free. Meeting David Levy and Carolyn Shoemaker was a thrill for me.

One note - take cash if possible so your credit card company doesn't halt the multiple purchases.

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posted 11-13-2011 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife and daughter are joining up with me in Tuscon with me the Monday after Spacefest ends. We heard so many good things about the area we are going to hang around a few days and then drive over to San Diego. Can anyone tell me what the drive is like between Tuscon and San Diego? I have heard there is not much to see along the way. Does anyone have any feedback?

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posted 11-13-2011 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't plan on stopping anywhere on the I-8 corridor in western Arizona particularly the area between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, which is home to transiting illegals, smugglers and that time of the year life-threatening heat (make sure whatever vehicle your going to drive is well maintained).

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posted 11-13-2011 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Universal tickets sold out.

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I'll probably be driving so thanks for that advice, by the way since I'll be driving from New Jersey; if any east coast cSers want to stuff half of my minivan with space stuff to get signed and ride along, contact me.

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posted 11-13-2011 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
Don't plan on stopping anywhere on the I-8 corridor in western Arizona...
Really, it's not that menacing, Michael. In 60 years, I've never seen a transiting illegal. There's nothing to stop for anyway, unless you're hungry or have to pee. Car trouble is no fun anywhere, and in June, it's hot most everywhere.

Admission is $35/day at the door, $75 all 3 days in advance (till 3/31).

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posted 11-13-2011 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by alanh_7:
Can anyone tell me what the drive is like between Tuscon and San Diego?
Colin Burgess and I did it last year to and from the show, and I have done it in the past too. Not long after Tucson, some of the most amazing saguaro cactus groves you will ever see (better in some ways than the national park) - the cool little town of Yuma (the historic old jail is well worth a visit, and Colin enjoyed playing "Sheriff Colin" there) - the Imperial Sand Dunes which the freeway cuts right through (Sahara-like) - El Centro with its water tank showing you are below sea level at that point in the drive - and an impressive winding drive up out of the arid desert into the forested green mountains then downhill all the way until you glimpse the Pacific and San Diego.

You are within a quarter of a mile of the US-Mexico border fence in many places, and it is an odd sight seeing it snake its way across the desert and hills.

Gila Bend, a good gas stop, has a weird hotel shaped like a UFO with a space-themed cafe and gift shop.

I wouldn't want to do it too often - if Kim asks me back this year, I think I will fly instead - however, it's an interesting enough drive to do at least once, mostly because of those incredible Saguaro.

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posted 11-14-2011 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael1976   Click Here to Email Michael1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having lived in Phoenix for six years and done the I-8 drive many times. It's a harmless drive. There is nothing out there but sand but never are you in danger of smugglers. The smugglers stay in the desert and purposely try to avoid people...

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I'd love to fly but I'm bringing an In the Beginning litho, a 1/100 Saturn V, and, if released by that time, the Dragon 1/72 Saturn V to get signed. Several models and bases, and, well, you get the picture...

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posted 11-14-2011 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about the I10 from Scottsdale to San Bernadino? Is that route any better?

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I've driven both many times -- my husband and I lived in Southern California the first decade of our relationship, and his mother lived in Tucson, his sister in Phoenix. Neither route is a really fun drive unless you really, really like the desert. Both are interesting once, for the reasons you've already been given. If you have a vehicle in good repair with a working spare tire, jumper cables, and you take along water for the "just in cases," you will be fine. I haven't driven either route for a while, but the last time I drove it (about six years ago), cell service was non-existent for much of the trip.

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posted 11-14-2011 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cell phone service is continuous along I-8, not so much along I-10. Better road, scenery along 8. Quicker, too.

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From Orange County if I take the 8 I need to drive through San Diego traffic. If I take the 10 I hit Phoenix traffic.

Last June I took the 10 out to Buckeye and made a right down to Gila Bend and onto the 8 from there. I came back Sunday morning and just powered through Phoenix on the 10. That Buckeye Gila Bend cutoff runs a little slow with cross traffic and all.

The 8 was pretty but it just seemed a lot more isolated for me out east of Gila Bend. Well I guess compared to Phoenix it is a lot more isolated!

I love the drive across the empty desert though. Gives me time to listen to old Thin Lizzy and get lost in my thoughts. That is part of the allure of Tucson trips for me.

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posted 11-15-2011 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim Lovell and Paul Weitz have signed on for Spacefest IV.

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Had a discussion with Mr. Weitz in November that had me picking my jaw off the ground several times. Some hair-raising stories of saving Skylab.

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posted 12-09-2011 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dale Cox, one of the Mercury 7 candidates, and former director of Lockheed’s famous “Skunkworks” who figures prominently in Colin Burgess’s latest book, has accepted our invitation to speak at Spacefest IV. He will also be a part of the autograph show, and selling his book “Top Secret Flight."

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posted 12-12-2011 12:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, this is shaping up to be the best Spacefest yet!

As for the drive to Tuscon, I just hope somebody doesn't see Charlie Sheen in a "turbo interceptor" on the back roads.

The cult SF/car film "The Wraith" was filmed in Tuscon back in 1986.

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posted 01-03-2012 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New speakers added:
  • Aussie commentator Robert Brand
  • Planetary Scientist/Artist/Author Bill Hartmann
  • Editor/Author Colin Burgess
  • Mars HiRise Camera PI Al McEwen
  • MCC INCO Alan Glines
  • Editor, Fearless Leader Rob Pearlman


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