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Spacefest
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posted 01-04-2012 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Updated menus for the breakfast, luncheons and banquet have been posted.

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posted 01-04-2012 01:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Leon Ford   Click Here to Email Leon Ford     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Everything sounds great Kim! Really looking forward to the event. Made my hotel reservations last night.

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posted 01-04-2012 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, I agree with Leon; I can't wait. I also like the recently added speakers. I wonder if there will be any ISS sighting opportunities while we're there; would love to see it in the clear Arizona skies. I'll check it out.

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posted 01-04-2012 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, nearly full moon.

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posted 01-04-2012 11:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ISS is easily spotted, even with a full moon in the sky. However, there will only be one visible pass of the ISS during Spacefest, on the morning of June 3 around 4:48am (with no moon in the sky, actually) low in the northern sky with a duration of about 3.5 minutes. The visual magnitude will be about 0.1, which isn't the brightest for the ISS, but still easily visible. If you stick around after Spacefest, there will be multiple bright passes each day from June 5 to June 9. Visit Heaven's Above for more information.

Of course, the moon will hamper astronomical observations of deep sky objects during the star party. But I always thought the moon itself is under rated as an astronomical object for viewing. Point a telescope at the terminator on the lunar surface and you can see all sorts of fascinating terrain. And it'll probably be even more interesting with an Apollo astronaut or two standing nearby.

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posted 01-05-2012 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
However, there will only be one visible pass of the ISS during Spacefest, on the morning of June 3 around 4:48am
A little early for an accurate prediction. ISS may undergo a re-boost and space weather will alter the overhead time.

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posted 01-05-2012 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
..and then there's the rare Transit of Venus on Tuesday

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posted 01-05-2012 02:47 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:
A little early for an accurate prediction. ISS may undergo a re-boost and space weather will alter the overhead time.

Either of which would make it earlier, right?

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posted 01-05-2012 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SpaceAholic:
A little early for an accurate prediction. ISS may undergo a re-boost and space weather will alter the overhead time.

Yes, it should go without saying that the accuracy of the prediction decreases the father ahead one is making the prediction.

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posted 01-05-2012 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Rochford, assistant to Joe Schmitt, Bill Ayrey from ILC, and KSC's Ron Woods will host a spacesuit panel.

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posted 01-05-2012 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent...

For those of you that are not familiar with Al Rochford, he was involved in many (if not most) astronaut suitings from Alan Shepard in 1961 thru STS-87 in 1997. That is quite a career!

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posted 01-05-2012 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is going to be a great panel.

I have been a greatly impressed with Ron Woods professional career with the program and with his work as an artist. It should be great.

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posted 01-06-2012 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spacefest:
Either of which would make it earlier, right?
Depends, unattended orbit decay (due to drag), velocity increases, however a reboost would make it later as it extends the orbit period by a hair, cumulatively an hour or so slide to the right from the currently predicted time would begin to place the pass into local daylight.

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posted 01-08-2012 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news on if Aldrin is going to be there?

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posted 01-08-2012 04:35 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 JasonB:
Any news on if Aldrin is going to be there?
Buzz may not do shows anymore, just private signings.

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Thanks for the info. I kind of suspected as much after the email I got from his assistant.

A private signing would be great for me if you guys can line one up!

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posted 01-09-2012 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Richard Cook of JPL will speak at Spacefest about the (upcoming) landing of Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity", the car-sized rover landing Aug. 6; a never before tried landing. Dr. Cook is Deputy Project Manager.

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posted 02-13-2012 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have confirmation on new speakers:
  • Geoff Notkin of the Science Channel's Meteorite Men.
  • Dr. Patrick Ford of Erevno Aerospace/Northwest Spaceport
  • Richard and Wendy Pini from Elfquest comics
  • Jay Gallentine, author, Outward Odyssey's Ambassadors from Earth
See all Speakers.

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posted 02-16-2012 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am glad to see that Ron Woods is attending Spacefest IV and and is not only showing his art but also is on the spacesuit panel.

Spacefest III competes for best weekend of my life not counting family events. I hope to attend Spacefest IV.

At Spacefest III, I was fortunate to purchase a Ron Woods painting and have been wanting to get Jack Lousma to sign it. I spoke with him at the ASF show in Nov. 2011 and he agreed to sign. He was at KSCVC last week for the astronaut encounter, so my son and I took the painting to him to be signed.

Astronaut Lousma is a marvelous gentleman and made the signing as easy as he could for us. He gave a wonderful talk to the youngsters whom had lunch with him about staying focused in life.

Alan Bean took the photo of Jack Lousma's Skylab II EVA that the painting originated from and I hope to someday get astronaut Bean to also sign the painting.

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posted 02-16-2012 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, Ron will be reunited with old friends on the spacesuit panel, now scheduled for Friday afternoon, 1:45 to 3:00 p.m., June 1.

Newest schedule just posted.

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posted 02-16-2012 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonB   Click Here to Email JasonB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now that's a great looking painting!

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posted 02-23-2012 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Mike Mullane will be giving a talk at Spacefest IV, probably Saturday. He's one of the TFNG (thirty five new guys) first shuttle class from 1978. He's a great, humorous storyteller. He'll have some of his books there: Riding Rockets, one of the best!

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posted 02-26-2012 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only one spot left on Mt. Lemmon Sky Center tour, Wednesday.

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posted 02-26-2012 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr. Phil Plait, the bad astronomer, is coming to Spacefest. Dr. Phil will give a talk, also.

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posted 02-29-2012 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacefest IV guest speaker Dr. Phil Plait is on Craig Ferguson tonight!

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posted 03-02-2012 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's March! Time to get serious about Spacefest. Early bird ticket discounts expire the 31st.

Buzz Aldrin is coming!

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posted 03-02-2012 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three months to the event and not to dissuade anyone from attending, but if you can not make it Kim has entrusted me to handle mail order again this year.

If you need further references, several people left kind words about my service from the last year's event.

Please email me directly at stevegruber34@yahoo.com

The absolute deadline for receiving anything will be May 25th. Thanks.

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posted 03-04-2012 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Concerning the spacesuit panel, if Red Bull Stratos goes off and is successful by then, it will make for an interesting side topic involving suit design and fitting.

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posted 03-04-2012 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to hear that Buzz Aldrin willl be coming. Although I have criticized Buzz a few times for his autograph fees and policies, he is a true legend of space exploration who has contributed much, both as crew on Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 and his work on rendezvous and EVA. He continues to be a strong proponent of space exploration.

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posted 03-05-2012 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I was surprised at the reaction to his absence. He's got marquee value.

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Nice schedule! Its similar to a Flight Data File Summary timeline or its equivalent in Russia, the cyclogram.

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posted 03-06-2012 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't imagine any other way to do it, Though I've been told it's hard to understand by some. It's the way I think. I'd be interested to see alternatives.

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posted 03-06-2012 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sixth moonwalker Edgar Mitchell will have an audience Q&A at the end of the documentary "The Wonder of it All" Friday, June 1 at 5 p.m.

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posted 03-07-2012 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Three months to the event and not to dissuade anyone from attending, but if you can not make it Kim has entrusted me to handle mail order again this year.
As I do each year, I always throw in how good a guy Steve is, both as a person and in his dealings doing this.

Each year I am also astounded at the pieces he has, and how he manages to organize it, "git r done" and return the items as quickly as he does.

Of course we'd rather see you at Spacefest, but if you can't I highly recommend Steve handling your items.

You can't do better. See you there Steve!

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I'm also ecstatic that Buzz is back.

And SteveG is simply the best. I used hims services last year. Of course in a perfect world we could all attend SpaceFest, but if you can't, you can trust SteveG with your items and money.

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posted 03-08-2012 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Gallentine   Click Here to Email Jay Gallentine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Spacefest web wizards were kind enough to update my speaker profile with a description of what I'll be talking about: testing for life on Mars with Viking!

I'll be teaming up with Colin Burgess during the Outward Odyssey talk and hope to see many of you there.

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posted 03-13-2012 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Latest schedule.

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posted 03-13-2012 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dates for Spacefest V: May 22-26 2013.

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posted 03-13-2012 10:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Our company's office has been going to move locations for over six months and for various reasons we kept pushing the dates back and now as luck would have it the firm date was finally agreed and, it was the same weekend as the show so I had to cancel my ticket for Spacefest IV today.

With the new dates for next year's show listed, I hope to finally be able to attend Spacefest V next year.

My apologies to Kim and Sallie for having to cancel from this year's show.

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posted 03-14-2012 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No problem, Alan. One of the reasons we pushed back the dates for SFV, is because we're running into a lot of last-minute cancellations from graduations and weddings.


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