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Spacefest
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posted 07-09-2012 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacefest V
Marriott Starr Pass, Tucson, AZ
May 24-27, 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend)

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posted 07-10-2012 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Full Moon, I'll be there.

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posted 09-08-2012 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We're considering the LA Area for Spacefest VI. We welcome suggestions of non-union venues of sufficient size.

NOTE: That's SIX (2014).

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posted 09-08-2012 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though it would break from hosting Spacefest in a hotel or a resort, you might contact the California Science Center to see if they might be interested in partnering/hosting the event. By then, Endeavour will be well established on display and with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft on display, would make for an appropriate venue.

They have a meeting area, that can be sectioned as needed.

I would just suggest waiting until mid-November to reach out, as their staff is singularly focused on the arrival and opening of Endeavour's exhibit now.

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posted 11-26-2012 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to ask this, I guess I have not been keeping up on this. Is Spacefest going to be In Tuscon or in LA. last I heard it was LA.

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posted 11-26-2012 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As noted above, Spacefest V (2013) is in Tucson; Novaspace is considering Los Angeles for Spacefest VI (2014).

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posted 11-26-2012 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oops, sorry glanced at it without reading it closely.

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I know its early but any news on any big guests?

I'd love to have an excuse to "have" to go so it'd be great to hear that someone not normally associated with doing shows is going to be there.

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posted 11-26-2012 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The initial astronaut guest list is now on Sightings.

alanh_7
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posted 11-26-2012 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also just looked up the list on the Spacefest V web Facebook page.

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posted 11-27-2012 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like Robert's idea of holding #VI at the CA Science Center. However, and I feel this is critical, ONLY if there is an official event hotel that is within a five minute or less walk.

One of the things that makes Spacefest special compared to other astronaut events is that people are all together in one place and there are many opportunities for a quick chat at the bar or hallway or patio. If the event is in a place that you need wheels to get to from the hotel, that cozy atmosphere will be lost and in my opinion makes the event much less interesting.

I would be unlikely to go if the venue were far away from the hotel no matter the city.

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posted 11-27-2012 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I quite liked the venue when Spacefest was held in San Diego, CA in 2009.

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posted 11-27-2012 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, what are the chances of Buzz being added?

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posted 11-27-2012 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What are the chances of Gene Kranz being added?

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posted 11-27-2012 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Buzz's new book written with guest Leonard David, will be out in early May. We're trying to get him to Spacefest for a day to sign.

ASF was Buzz' last public autograph show.

Gene Kranz has bad arthritis in his hands, and doesn't sign.

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posted 11-27-2012 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any chance of John Glenn agreeing to appear at Spacefest?

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posted 12-01-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has Spacefest ever had mail in signings in case some of us are not able to make it?

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Not that I know of, but there are people who are sometimes willing (for a modest fee) to take your items to get signed. I did this with Steve Gruber (who I don't know personally but who is a member here) for Spacefest III and he did a great job.

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posted 12-02-2012 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve Gruber will be handling items for those who can't come, again for Spacefest V. Never heard anything but praise for his efforts.

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posted 12-02-2012 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words. I will be glad to handle orders for people not fortunate enough to make the event.

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posted 12-02-2012 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can vouch for Steve. He got a couple items signed for me last time. it was incredibly fast on the return and exactly how I would have done it,. He even included photos of the signing which I didn't even ask for! Great service at a very very fair price!

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posted 12-02-2012 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's awesome! Thank you guys It's still a little bit away but I better start saving up.

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posted 12-09-2012 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SPACEFEST V website is up. Tickets on sale 12/26 noon EST.

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I am already looking forward to the Brisket Burnt Ends at the Catalina BBQ. That alone is worth the 8 hour drive! Life is good.

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posted 12-22-2012 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
REMINDER: Spacefest tickets go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 12:00 Noon EST Why the shotgun start?

There's a limited amount of Universal and Galactic ticket packages available, and Universals will be the only ones to sit with astronauts at the banquet and luncheon. First come first served.

In addition, Universals and Galactics have exclusive access to the VIP reception, where you can eat, drink, and rub elbows with our guests.

Also, some meal and event tickets (except general admission) may be unavailable at the door, so it pays to get them ASAP.



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posted 12-26-2012 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
3/4 of 100 Universal tickets sold first three hours.

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posted 12-27-2012 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A dozen Universals remain.

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posted 12-31-2012 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have a rather large contingent of Brits and Aussies coming, and not just the usual suspects.

They have a rather active Facebook page: Brit Army at Spacefest V

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posted 01-05-2013 04:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In relation to Kim's mention of a large contingent of Aussies attending Spacefest (including me), one first-time attendee will be my "Fallen Astronauts" co-author, Kate Doolan. So if you'd like to have your book co-signed by Kate just bring it along.

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posted 01-14-2013 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Professor Brian Cox, world famous physicist, science evangelist, and former rocker, will join us for SPACEFEST V. He and Cassini-Saturn imaging leader Dr. Carolyn Porco will split time Sunday evening, May 26th (Memorial Day weekend) from 5-8 PM. The last hour will be signing autographs.

Tickets are $55 and seating is limited. We'll be in a hotel ballroom, not a concert hall or arena. Spacefest ticket packages include admission to these lectures. Tickets available online at: http://www.spacefest.info/V/Reg.html

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posted 01-22-2013 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Need advises (first time comer).

I have purchased a package and I am going to the fest with my 7 year old daughter. She is thrilled at the prospect of seeing the real moonwalkers but she is 7. Any advice on transportation (coming from Canada), kid's care, activities for 7 year old kid etc. are very welcome.

Thank you in advance.

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Originally posted by Lev M:
Any advice on transportation (coming from Canada), kid's care, activities for 7 year old kid etc. are very welcome.
I will say the pool is quite nice. In fact there are three pools I believe. One of them is a lazy river with a water slide. That is my favorite. You gotta go heavy on the sun block there though. Your child may make friends at the pool area though and give them hours of fun. Kids that age only need about 10 seconds to become good friends with like aged children.

Other than that I am not sure about other amenities for children at that resort.

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posted 01-22-2013 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Starr Pass resort has what looks like a nice child care option for kids of that age. I didn't bring my son, and he would have been too young, but it looked like it was worth checking into. If you will need someone to look after her during the day, I would contact the resort and get more info.

And yes, the lazy river and the water slide are quite nice. Both of you will love the pool area.

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posted 01-22-2013 10:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newest Spacefest schedule: HERE.

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posted 01-30-2013 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacefest V news:
  • Dr. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, will join us.

  • BBC will be taping a segment of "The Infinite Monkey Cage" science program

  • Three hour hands-on modeling workshop, featuring Nick Proach, Mike Mackowski, Tracy Kornfeld, Jay Chladek

  • Asteroid panel will feature founders of DSi (Deep Space Industries)

  • We have rescheduled the Cox-Porco lectures to Friday

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posted 01-31-2013 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where can I see the new schedule? The website shows "to be announced". Regarding the Cox-Porco lecture, is it the same evening time?

UPDATE: No worries, I found the event page.

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posted 01-31-2013 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've just changed the Cox-Porco lectures to Friday from Sunday. Same time.

Revised schedule

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posted 02-15-2013 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't seem to find autograph fees. Anyone have any info on that?

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Originally posted by rgarner:
I can't seem to find autograph fees. Anyone have any info on that?
Afraid to ask yet... anyone in particular?

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posted 02-15-2013 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Aldrin definitively a no-show this year?


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