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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-03-2012 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shoulda had Bean do that. Then you could run out to get the photo printed and have him sign it with the words he told Bart Sibrel: "Get the f--k out of here."

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Okay, so Schmitt wasn't there, but the nice surprise was that for the photo op he was replaced by all the other Apollo astronauts! Hats off for that, both to the ASF and the participating astronauts, I really appreciated that. And then the second surprise was that I got to sit at Dave Scott's table.

The panel discussion was also great. With all the missions but Apollo 7 and Apollo 8 being represented it was an interesting overview of the entire program, including a number of very funny moments and a poignant one as Buzz Aldrin paid a very fitting tribute to Neil Armstrong. All in all a night to remember!

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I must say that all the astronaut assistants there (except Aldrin's) were great about taking pictures of me with the astronauts, and even Aldrin's people would let people get in and take a picture with him when he wasn't doing much.

While I paid for autographs from most of the people I got pictures with I did get pictures with people I didn't buy an autograph from like Edgar Mitchell, Scott Carpenter and Owen Garriott and their assistants were nice enough to take the photos then too. The Skylab 3 crew even got together for a group photo with me.

Also the woman helping Gerry Griffin out and Diane from ASF went above and beyond keeping me from losing items I left behind. I talked to Gerry Griffin for awhile after taking a photo with him and left two signed gloves sitting on the table, not realizing it until I was out at my car putting some other things in there. She sat at the table and waited for me to return (Griffin had gone to lunch), which was extremely nice of her.

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This was my first of these events, and I am so pleased I was able to get a last minute ticket. The astronauts were so gracious to all the attendees, and the flight directors were so generous with their time. I had so many memorable conversations. Nice to meet folks from this board as well!

Here is a link to a shot from last night's dinner: http://flic.kr/p/dqDmhW

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The more I read about the ASF show, the sorrier I am that I missed it (family committments and all). I'm making early plans to be at next year's big bash.

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Just returned from the ASF events and Atlantis rollover at the Cape. I am grateful the Atlantis rollover, the final act of the space shuttle program, coincided with the Apollo 17 40th Anniversary dinner and the ASF Autograph and Memorabilia show. I had a great time.

I missed the Friday night screening of "Apollo 13" the movie, but I heard that the discussion and Q&A afterwards with Fred Haise and flight director Glynn Lunney was excellent.

The meeting headquarters hotel was the Radisson at the Port. I had stayed there once before and found I detested it as much this time. There is a maze-like layout, inadequate parking, and the clerk who registered me did so for only one night so my entrance key did not work the second day. Apart from that, the hotel is almost 18 miles from the KSC Visitor Center. (The Marriott Starr Pass resort used for Spacefest is far superior a venue).

The autograph show was held in the comfortable Debus Center at the KSC Visitor Center (KSCVC). Each astronaut had a booth and an attendant. Most were ASF volunteers, who deserve a hat tip for their helpfulness and friendliness (Suzi Cooper, Gordo's widow, was one of the volunteers, as well as a half dozen former Astronaut Scholars who came back at their own expense to help out.) While Gen. Tom Stafford was at the reception and dinner, he did not participate in the autograph show.

There were two big differences in the guest list compared to Spacefest. First, there were a lot of shuttle astronauts at the ASF show, including some like Kevin Kregel for whom it was their first show. I had a chance to have some pleasant conversations with shuttle astronauts I had not met before, including Eileen Collins, Kathy Thornton, Dick Covey, and others.

Second, there were historically important flight directors and other support personnel. Flight directors included Gerry Griffin, Glynn Lunney and Jerry Bostick. Jack King, the "Voice of Apollo" who did the Apollo 11 launch commentary was there, as well as Hugh Harris. Astronaut nurse Dee O'Hara attended the show, assisted by Francis French, and she received one of the loudest ovations at the dinner when Gene Cernan thanked her.

(Earlier, I was at Glynn Lunney's booth and went to pay, but my credit card was missing. I started sweating. I realized I had just come from Dee's booth and returned there to find my card under the credit card machine, which Francis was handling. I told him not to "steal" my credit card again (in the U.K. is that called nicking?). I also warned Dee about hanging out with "shifty" characters like Francis!)

The Atlantis rollover was late in the afternoon. The KSCVC entrance was too crowded so I headed down the road to a long fenced-in area across a moat from the road. The moat proved fortuitous, providing some spectacular shadows on the water of the events. The shuttle was carried at 2.5 mph as part of a long procession of police, trucks, and vans. At the rear of the procession were two Porta-potties lashed to a truck — purpose not clear but the cause of some laughs and applause.

Several blocks from the KSCVC entrance, several vans pulled up and dropped off over two dozen former astronauts, some from Mercury, Gemini and Apollo but many from the shuttle era. They walked in front of the shuttle to the gate as sort of a guard of honor. Hundred of people lined the route of the procession and more than that were gathered in the KSCVC for a program which included speakers from NASA (Charlie Bolden, KSC Director Bob Cabana) and contractors.

After the rollover, I returned to the hotel for the reception, which had an open bar but somewhat sparse food. I had a long, interesting conversation with Bob Springer about his Vietnam experiences (he flew both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft in combat, and I later found out that he earned a Bronze Star medal). Jerry Carr, also a Marine aviator, joined us as we talked about commercial space and the future of the space program.

Jim McDivitt was in fine form, telling some Italian attendees about driving a Fiat at 200 mph down Italian streets when he was younger. The best experiences of these shows are these unplanned interactions with the astronauts. (I apologize for being a name dropper but it's necessary for this type of review.)

The next day I got a couple more autographs and attended the two lectures that afternoon with Jerry Carr and later Dave Scott. Both were well-done and humorous. I am not sure Carr, a former Marine, would have appreciated Dave Scott's old joke about "dumb" Marine aviators, the punch line of which is "just feed the monkeys." (Scott was Air Force). In any case, both were eloquent and received loud applause.

Next was the photo-shoot before the banquet. As noted above, it was a pleasant shock to see all 10 Apollo astronauts there when we had expected only Cernan and Duke (after Jack Schmitt canceled due to what Cernan later said were "family issues.") Hats off to photographer Karl Ronstrom who must have taken pictures of almost 200 people with the astronauts in a half-hour (According to the organizers "Don't shake hands or talk with the astronauts. After the snap, move away immediately for the next in line.")

The banquet itself was in a packed convention center at the hotel. I was at a table with Ed Gibson, a real gentleman, and enjoyed talking to a woman next to me who is Buzz Aldrin's assistant. The conversation was off-the-record but nothing surprising.

The dinner program was outstanding, featuring a review of Project Apollo with the 10 Apollo astronauts present sitting as a panel and Gerry Griffin moderating. The funniest moment was after Charlie Bolden effusively praised Alan Bean (who "baby sat" Bolden's group of astronaut trainees). When it was Dick Gordon's turn, he said something like Charlie's description of Alan Bean bears no resemblance to reality. The most poignant moment was Buzz Aldrin's eloquent tribute to Neil Armstrong as the unassuming, greatest test pilot of our time. Gene Cernan closed the panel with the call that "Apollo 17 was not the end; it was the beginning."

The whole weekend was a magical experience and kudos go to ASF Director Linn LeBlanc, event director Nicole Russ, and their staff and volunteers. For example, I left by mistake a precious Apollo 13 signed lithograph at Jerry Bostick's table. The volunteer saved it for me and set it aside until I walked by later. The assistants were friendly and often took photos for attendees. It was a very warm atmosphere.

ASF has a number of future events planned, including a Skylab 40th Anniversary program July 27, 2013. It's an organization worth supporting because it provides $10,000 scholarships to college students in science and engineering, who happen to be the best and the brightest. It is also an organization which allows space enthusiasts to meet their hero astronauts (Scott Carpenter was a participant this weekend). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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posted 11-04-2012 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JasonB:
I must say that so many of the astronauts were so nice it caught me off guard.
Gene Cernan and Jack Lousma are CLASS acts. Could expound on my experiences but will not. Suffice it to say both are VERY, VERY fine gentlemen.
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Any news on Carpenter? I missed him at Spacefest. I was wondering if he made the ASF show.
Scott Carpenter was present and signing a fine photograph of himself and Aurora 7 at the autograph show.

Astronaut Carpenter received numerous well deserved accolades at the Apollo 17 Anniversary dinner. Most noteworthy were from crews of the later Gemini and Apollo missions.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-04-2012 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
First, there were a lot of shuttle astronauts at the ASF show, including some like Kevin Chilton for whom it was their first show.
Chilton was there?

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posted 11-04-2012 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DChudwin:
Apart from that, the hotel is almost 18 miles from the KSC Visitor Center. (The Marriott Starr Pass resort used for Spacefest is far superior a venue).
I'm quite certain the Starr Pass resort is significantly more than 18 miles from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, if distance is your consideration.
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(after Jack Schmitt canceled due to what Cernan later said were "family issues.")
I heard from Schmitt this week, who had seen the comments here and expressed his regret not being able to attend.

To clarify though, Schmitt's cancellation was not sudden; he conveyed to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation in September that he would be unable to attend, and the ASF at that time updated their website. Perhaps it could have been made more explicit, but it sounds like the Apollo 17 celebration was still an enjoyable time for all.

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Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Chilton was there?
Sorry for the error, it was Kevin Kregel.

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posted 11-04-2012 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spkjb   Click Here to Email spkjb     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had to leave the Thursday night Apollo 13 movie early. On the way out I looked to my right and the astronauts and others were partying like '65 (to '73). Make it '62 (Scott Carpenter was there). My jaw dropped!

These historical individuals were standing and sitting there having a great time and reminiscing with each other at the Radisson bar near the lobby. Among those present were Gerry Griffin, Richard Gordon, Gene Cernan, Richard Covey, Scott Carpenter and Jim McDivitt. Tom Stafford showed up shortly thereafter. I shall attempt to uplink a photo.

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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I'm quite certain the Starr Pass resort is significantly more than 18 miles from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, if distance is your consideration.
At Spacefest, the hotel and the site of the meeting were the same place. For the ASF event, the hotel was in Port Canaveral and the meeting site was on Merritt Island at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. These two locales are about 18 driving miles apart (not as the crow flies). I did not make the point clear enough.

As far as the timing and reason for Schmitt's cancellation, I only reported what Gene Cernan said at the banquet. I have no personal knowledge, and found Robert's explanation intriguing but non-specific as to why Schmitt cancelled.

Regarding the photo-shoot, some of us very much wanted a photo with Schmitt, but the substitution of a photo with 10 Apollo crew members more than made up for that with respect to me and others I talked to at the event.

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Originally posted by DChudwin:
I have no personal knowledge, and found Robert's explanation intriguing but non-specific as to why Schmitt cancelled.
Schmitt said he had a conflicting event that same day.

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Sounds like everyone had a great time! It's too bad that Schmitt wasn't there, but these things do happen. Family comes first, always.

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Just returned home from the ASF autograph show event. Very glad to have made it, as flights out of the northeast were sporadic, at best. When I arrived and finally met the ASF group with Linn, Nicole, Andrea, and the rest of the staff, I was nothing but impressed! If you've ever watched someone plan a wedding, you know how daunting the task can be and the weekend was far more complicated. They performed with competence, knowledge, and poise (even when I got a bit over rambunctious to wink at the moon with Buzz Aldrin). Kudos to them all.

The event itself was, as my son would say, "amazing." As I first walked into the signing room, there was ASF Chairman Charlie Duke and Fred Haise chatting and warmly welcoming me to their conversation. Too many other highlights to detail, but personally enjoyed my time with Dave Scott, hometown-boy Ed Gibson, and Jim McDivitt immensely.

The shuttle roll-over was a neat event that moved at about the same speed as the Austin Powers' steamroller scene. Picture perfect weather too. Rounded out the afternoon with the ISS 3D IMAX movie, space shuttle simulation, and fireworks over Atlantis.

Memories from that evening at the reception include sharing stories of flying at Edwards with Eileen Collins and sitting at dinner with Scott Carpenter, Buzz Aldrin, and Vance Brand.

The next day at KSC, I tried to complete the experience with the bus tour to the Pad 39A observation post and the Saturn V building. Had lunch under the descent engine of the LM and stopped by the Astronaut Hall of Fame on drive back to the hotel. That evening was magical, as the men of Apollo 9 through 17 shared their thoughts with us and each other. I was blessed to sit next to Kathy Thornton and her husband, a charming couple.

I can't think of anything I would change (except having my wife join me next time).
The big events went off near-flawlessly, but I think it's the little things I'll remember most: The astronauts ribbing each other, walking with Al Bean through KSC and not a sole recognizing him, or Gene Cernan looking at the 1972 Apollo 17 matches and saying "Where'd they get those? I thought I was the only one who had those things". All-in-all, a wonderful weekend. Thank you ASF.

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Priceless weekend! So many stories to tell, but the one that I can most appreciate came from an Apollo astronaut talking about the gantry who said "I really don't like heights!"

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I'm sorry to have missed this ASF show. We had a great time last year and the year before.

Can anyone speculate as to when the ASF will hold next year's show? I'd like to block my calender now!

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Just returned yesterday from the ASF show and the Atlantis rollover. It was a great weekend to see and do a lot! Great to meet many new astronauts and flight controller, etc. Had a great time overall and met some new collectSPACE members as well as old ones.

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Got back from the ASF Show today — tired but very happy. What a great experience. Two things that no one has mentioned yet.

First, the special free medallion produced for the Atlantis rollover. There was a limit of one per person (I asked!). However, I discovered later that a few were on sale, certainly on Saturday, at the Kodak photo booth. I think the cost was $5.95.

Second, did anyone else go to see the presentation by the STS-135 crew in the IMAX theatre on the Friday? They did a photoshoot afterwords as well.

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Let me just add my congratulations to the ASF folks for another fantastic event. While it was disappointing that we didn't have the opportunity to meet Jack Schmitt at this event, I hope he sees how many people think so highly of him. We would love to see him at a future event.

Linn, Nicole, Andrea, and the other ASF staff more than made up for his absence with a great photo opportunity that included a moonwalker from each of the six missions to land on the moon. Hard to top that!

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A great big THANK YOU to Stan and Mary McNatt for getting my Apollo 13 picture signed by Glynn Lunney for me.

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The ASF show was great this year... as usual. Been attending every year since 2008 and I have never been disappointed. Linn, Nicole, Andrea and the rest of the team put together a world class event.

For those of you who have never attended, the packages these folks put together are truly a bargain considering the face time you get with the participants. Every encounter I had with the astronauts was exceptional. It truly appeared that they were have a good time.

I was very fortunate to have extended conversations with Mike Mullane and his lovely wife and Norm Thagard. You could not ask for better. I look forward to coming back next year.

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It was truly awesome! It was my first ASF event and I am still pretty overwhelmed by meeting all of my heroes. My hats off to them for a wonderful time!

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I shall attempt to uplink a photo.

Above: History at the Raddison: Gerry Griffin, Richard Gordon (sitting), Gene Cernan (back to camera), Scott Carpenter, Richard Covey, Jim McDivitt.

Above: Tom Stafford joins the party.

Above: Skylab III (SLM-2) astronauts Alan Bean, Jack Lousma and Owen Garriott sign Ron Woods painting. Painting was derived from a photograph that Commander Bean took of Pilot Lousma.

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Above: Scott Carpenter with me and a signed photograph of himself and Aurora 7.

Astronaut Carpenter was applauded several times at Saturday dinner and received well deserved accolades, especially from Apollo astronauts.

Above: Astronaut Fred Gregory at our table Saturday nite at the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 17 Celebration.

Fred and his wife were very friendly and he had a great sense of humor. Behind Fred(to left in picture) at another table with back to camera is Alan Bean.

Off in distance is Buzz Aldrin.

The ASF function was great fun and for an excellent cause. I would highly recommend their future functions if anything like this one.

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Apollo 13 movie and a dinner; had dinner with Tom Stafford and Eileen Collins. Watching the wing of Atlantis pass over my head as it passed by. Friday night cocktail party. Breakfast with Freddo at McDonalds. Apollo 17 40th celebration and dinner sitting next to Jim McDivitt. Sunday morning breakfast with Dave Scott. The title of the book that Jim McDivitt will never write; I was an astronaut, but that wasn't the best job I ever had!"

Thanks to all the astronauts, Linn, Nicole, and all of the ASF staff for an absolutely outstanding weekend! P.S. I sure hope I can get one of the CSM-LM models signed by Gene and Charlie!

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Way to go Linn, Nicole, Ross, and the entire ASF staff! This was another fantastic AAMS. Thanks for all your hard work. The entire event was professional, fun, and perfectly executed. See you at the Skylab celebration and perhaps at the Hall of Fame induction.

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Originally posted by spkjb:
Off in distance is Buzz Aldrin.
I think that's Gene Cernan in the background.

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You are probably correct.

Now that I think about it, Buzz may have been more off to the left (probably not in photo!?)

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I am still in a complete daze about last weekend at the ASF event and cannot believe the opportunity that I had to meet some of my childhood heroes.

Someone could say it is a bit childish to still trip on such things at 50 years old but hey! We were a couple of hundred space cadets last weekend. So to those who think to its reminiscing in the past and childish, SCREW YOU!!!

Here are some of the highlights of my weekend:

  • Finding on Wednesday afternoon, in Titusville, near the Astronaut walk of fame, the most awesome little space museum you could think of.

  • Talking, one on one, to Jim McDivitt for 45 minutes at the bar on Thursday night and getting my picture taken with Cernan and Stafford on the same occasion!

  • Getting Al Bean's business card, so I can send him pictures of some of my late father's Paintings.

  • Being asked by Gerry Griffin to bring my laptop at Friday night's reception so he could have a look at my Apollo powerpoint presentations. We could not find the time to do so but Hey! He asked me!

  • Witnessing the transfer of Atlantis to its permanent home.

  • Having Charlie Duke tell me firsthand how much scared he got when he fell on his backpack while doing the lunar Olympics with John Young.

  • At the reception, talking for 20 minutes to Vance Brand about his buddy Slayton, the future of space and exploration and hearing him practice his Russian with a charming girl from Lithuania.

  • And last but not least, at the very end of the reception on Friday night, shaking Buzz Aldrin's hand in a hurry, while he was being dragged outside the pavilion by what seemed to be a "king's court"...
So, great weekend again, and I hope I will be back in the future.

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On behalf of the entire ASF team, thank you for your incredibly kind words! We had a fantastic weekend and can't wait for next year's show.

(A little birdie told me you should pencil in the second weekend of November 2013...)

Safe travels to all back home! We have a private dinner with Jim Lovell in Chicago in November, then 2013 AHOF Induction in April, and Skylab 40th Anniversary in July. Hopefully we see you soon. And if you have any great pictures to share, in addition to those already posted, please feel free to send. — Andrea

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Hmm... Skylab 40th in July 2013? Any chance it can coincide with the opening of Atlantis' new exhibit building?

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It just gets better every year! Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for all their hard work in setting up this event. You make it look so easy, which tells me that you work tirelessly behind the scenes ironing out all the wrinkles! And thanks to the wonderful astronauts and other participants for sharing so graciously their time, anecdotes, and friendships.

It's all for a great cause - and it was a real joy to talk to some of the recipients of scholarships from the Foundation.

Top notch experience all around!!!

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Thanks to all at ASF for another great event and to all the astronauts and other participants. I had some great chats with a whole range of them, but rather than simply name drop the more prominent among them I want to give special thanks to Owen Garriott for his especially thoughtful comments to some professional-related questions I posed to him. What a gentleman.

Thanks also to Jack King, whose voice embodied the gravitas of the Apollo launches, and who was also such a pleasure to speak with. I urge people to seek him out at future events.

And finally, it was an honor to again be seated with Fred Haise on Saturday night, and who so graciously pretended it was good to see me again after I peppered him with questions at the Apollo 16 dinner table. ;-) For those of you who aren't familiar with his current project, check out (or better yet, if you live in one of the southern Gulf states, consider supporting) the Infinity Science Center which is located near NASA Stennis. It's one of Mr. Haise's passions and a most worthy cause.

And finally, to those fellow space nerds who I met on the KSC tours and at the ASF events - you know who you are - it was a blast and I'll catch you again next time. (Which unfortunately won't be the ASF Skylab event since I have a known schedule conflict. This disappoints me as I'm a bit of a Skylab nut.)

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posted 11-08-2012 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BA002   Click Here to Email BA002     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was hoping that just as for Apollo 12 — my previous visit — the Apollo 17 anniversary dinner would be recorded on DVD, but I haven't heard anything about that. Nor can I find anything on the internet, despite the professionals of NASA TV being present.

Still... I'd very much like to have a recording of it. So, does anyone know whether that will be made available in any form? Or how I could persuade NASA to do so?

Or would anyone be willing to share their private recording with me, for a handsome reward naturally?

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posted 11-08-2012 06:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Along the same lines, does anyone know if NASA TV will be replaying the dinner?

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quote:
Originally posted by ASF1984:
(A little birdie told me you should pencil in the second weekend of November 2013...)
That is good to know.

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posted 11-09-2012 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The company I work for asks us to select next year's holidays next week. As I have missed the last two AAMS due to holiday issues scheduling, I want be clear so I can be sure to get the time off. The AAMS will take place next November 7-10?

Ade74
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posted 11-12-2012 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ade74   Click Here to Email Ade74     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anybody know if/when the group photo shoot photos are being sent out? Also any ideas how to get a copy of the Apollo 17 gala dinner individual table photo, i.e. photos taken of us all on my table by the "official" photographer?

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posted 11-13-2012 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ade74:
...any ideas how to get a copy of the Apollo 17 gala dinner individual table photo, i.e. photos taken of us all on my table by the "official" photographer?
This is the website for the photographer, and pictures will most likely be posted there for purchase. They're not there yet, but it takes a bit for them to be uploaded, so just check back occasionally.


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