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wdw
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posted 04-13-2014 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wdw     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Springer Praxis have advised me that they will have a small stock of my book "How Apollo Flew to the Moon" for sale at Spacefest VI, as well as Frank O'Brien's book "The Apollo Guidance Computer". — David Woods

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posted 04-17-2014 07:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Gallentine   Click Here to Email Jay Gallentine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to mention a highly interesting table that will be on the show floor at Spacefest.

Here in Minnesota, a small organization known as Stray Robotics is taking the maker movement to the next level. From absolute scratch they have built a small, one-to-two kilogram rover with its own design and programming and instrumentation. The chassis is based on JPL's 'rocker-bogie'. The rover's name is Inspiration. It's super-cool.

The plan is to actually LAUNCH the thing, using a high-powered rocket, into a remote area of the upper Midwest. Then they intend to operate it through a mission of indeterminate length. The rover has its own pre-programmed smarts and safe modes. It carries a video camera and science experiments. It can be remotely-controlled via a custom computer interface.

This is something that simply would not have been possible even ten years ago. We didn't have 3D printers or Arduino boards or little micro video cameras. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I was a kid I dreamed of doing much more with my model rockets than just sending them up (and retrieving them afterwards from trees). But Stray Robotics have gone and done it!

Please come visit their table while you're at the show. They aren't selling anything, and will be there only to demonstrate the amazing technology they've developed. You can meet Inspiration, Mike, and Cristin, and perhaps be inspired to chase your own dreams.

Maybe you'll find their website of interest. It's at strayrobotics.com.

CristinFinnigan
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Thanks, Jay, for the very kind introduction!

Stray Robotics, the team of Michael Ward and myself, is excited to be part of SpaceFest. Last year was our first year, when we attended as guests. This year, we are beyond thrilled to be attending as exhibitors. As Jay mentioned, Stray Robotics has built a small rover inspired by the Mars rover, Sojourner, and its Rocker-Bogie suspension. The rover, itself, is called Inspiration.

The plan is to launch Inspiration into a field via liquid-fueled rocket, where it will collect and relay data back to Mike in a remote location. Inspiration is equipped with a wireless camera and metal detector (the metal detector will work by being sent a command, and it will respond by indicating whether a specimen is metallic). Its battery will be charged by a solar panel. In later phases, we will add an incandescent light bulb to keep it warm and dry overnight while it “lives” in a field, and the ability for it to navigate itself based on its position in relation to selected pre-programmed waypoints.

We really hope to showcase the maker movement and how technology has become so available and accessible that it is actually possible for a couple of “kids who never really grew up” to accomplish such a mission. Again, we won’t have anything to sell, but we hope you will come by to see Inspiration, and, perhaps, be inspired, yourselves.

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posted 04-21-2014 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last call for mail order. Need payment by May 1st and items around then as well.

Email me for info. Thanks!

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I have a question for those of you who have had Buzz sign something that has Collins and other Apollo guys but not Armstrong, and is not specifically related to Apollo 11. Do they apply the base fee, or a partial completion fee? On the other hand, what if Armstrong and Collins are on it, along with a dozen others? Base or completion?

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posted 04-27-2014 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a non-Apollo 11 specific picture with Collins and a dozen or so others on it (unfortunately not Armstrong) signed by Buzz about three years ago and he only charged the base fee. However, times may have changed.

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posted 05-04-2014 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope collectSPACE readers attending Spacefest will join me on Saturday morning (May 10, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.) for my talk, "Adventures in Artifact-Sitting."
From stalking space shuttles to tracking stolen space debris, collectSPACE has spent a decade and a half chasing after the stories behind space exploration artifacts. Robert Pearlman will share some of the stories behind those stories, including the plight of the missing moon rocks and the untold tale of a space shuttle tailcone.
As an added incentive, there may be some neat giveaways for those attending! See you there...

DavidH
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posted 05-05-2014 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to talking about "Homesteading Space" and "Bold They Rise" I'll be giving a talk (Friday morning, 7:30 a.m.) and participating in a panel (Sunday noon) on SLS and Orion. I might have a few SLS pins in my pocket if anybody would like one. Come by and say hey!

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I hadn't made it three blocks driving to work this morning before I heard about Spacefest twice on my morning drive radio station KFI640am. The first was a brief recorded commercial followed with one of those lines like the news brought to you by Spacefest. Sort of woke me up at 6:02 am there.

I look forward to being there. This year I am dodging softball playoffs and Mother's Day but I plan on bringing my two girls for Friday.

Rick
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posted 05-05-2014 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick   Click Here to Email Rick     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert ... I want to attend your talk, if for no other reason than to finally meet face to face!

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posted 05-05-2014 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, for those of us unable to attend Spacefest and specifically your lecture, will you have a place to watch or post your lecture?

Rick
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My book presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, and there's going to be a pretty cool giveaway. DVDs of two of the most famous races in NASCAR history were flown on board STS-127, and I'll be presenting one lucky winner in attendance with an exact unflown duplicate of the 1998 Daytona 500 edition. I know of only two of these that exist — one flown, one unflown!

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Hello everyone! I just spoke with Greg and I am happy to say that The Aerospace Legacy Foundation and our engineer retirees from North American Aviation and Rockwell who built the X-15, Little Joe-1, Apollo and shuttle will be able to be attend. They will also be available for panels and talks.

We will be in a booth in the public area with our artifacts from the space program. I will also be bringing artifacts and props from "Marooned" "Apollo 13" and "From the Earth to the Moon". Please come by and meet space program veterans.

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Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
I hadn't made it three blocks driving to work this morning before I heard about Spacefest twice on my morning drive radio station KFI640am.
I heard the Spacefest radio commercial again this morning at 6:17am on KFI640am. My girls team's bombed out in the softball playoffs, so now we are good for the weekend together.

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Made it here in record time yesterday. Heard the Spacefest radio plug again yesterday on KNX1070am at 2:25pm. Nice hotel. My girls had ice cream and cookies served to them poolside yesterday. My 7 year old told me that she feels like royalty here at the Westin.

We ran into celebrities as soon as we walked in the door to check in yesterday. Saw a lot of the artists and some old friends. The weekend is already a success so far.

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Originally posted by Aztecdoug:
The weekend is already a success so far.
I'll second that, Doug (and great to see you again and meet your daughters!).

I arrived in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon and attended last night's kickoff Apollo astronaut panel. It's always enjoyable hearing the astronauts talk about their missions, even if it includes some stories you've heard before. I particularly appreciated Rusty Schweickart's comments about seeing the Earth from space.

One of the highlights of Spacefest is the chance it provides to see and catch up with members of the space history community in a casual setting. Already I've had some great chats with Andy Chaikin, Michael Cassutt, Francis French, Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides, Amy Shira Teitel and this morning over breakfast, Leonard and Barbara David.

And on that note, I'm off to the convention center to continue the fun!

(Oh, on the subject of celebrity sightings, nothing quite like sitting down for dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen and seeing Alan Bean, Rusty Schweickart and Fred Haise doing the same!)

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The amount of (healthy) envy I feel toward those of you fortunate enough to attend this event isn't negligible. Please enjoy your time there and report back to those of us who aren't there on the all that you see, hear, and are able to take in.

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Just got back from a day at Spacefest — first time, and really enjoyed myself!

More intimate than I'd imagined, and really cool to have all the astronauts just sort of hanging out in their booths, signing and chatting. Most were very friendly and conversational (even if you weren't buying a signature). That said, Ed Mitchell seemed to be pretty "checked out" during the whole thing (doing crossword puzzles and scowling a lot). He looked very old and tired. Everyone else seemed happy to be there, engaged with the people they were meeting, and generally enjoying themselves.

Autograph prices keep going up it seems — today, the most expensive signer was Dave Scott (at $250 — but even then, he hasn't inflated his prices quite as much as the other moonwalkers). Tomorrow is when the heavy hitters show up — Aldrin ($600) and Cernan ($300). I'd be curious to see what the level of demand is for Aldrin — I suspect there will be line, regardless. I spoke with one of the dealers there who opined, "he's getting some bad business advice from somebody..."

Anyway, we'll see — these guys signed for free for decades, so it's about time they cashed in on their place in history, in my opinion... It's a free market, after all!

Also, I was lucky enough to catch an impromptu Apollo 9 reunion — not sure what happened to bring it about, but someone got all the guys to leave their little booths and pose together for a few shots. Nice treat!

The day wrapped up with a great talk by Sy Liebergot on his experience as EECOM during Apollo 13. Fun experience!

Wish I could go back tomorrow. If you're in the LA area and have any interest at all, it's worth a $35 day pass!

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Buzz is smiling conversing and posing for photos this morning...

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What's the line like for Aldrin's signature? I'm curious to know how the "market" is reacting to the new and improved price!

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Any word if, when and where there will be a Spacefest VII?

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Originally posted by neo1022:
What's the line like for Aldrin's signature?
His line was the longest when he arrived, but it was pretty short when I left just now. Still, I would say the whole thing was fairly quiet today (lucky for me).

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Can anyone at Spacefest confirm if the fabled Peak(s) of Eternal Light (PEL) - pics de lumière éternelle have been definitively confirmed to exist in the lunar polar mountains?

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These past two days have been a real blast!

On Friday, I spent most of the day walking the show floor, catching up with many cS readers and members, friends and colleagues. It was so great to see so many familiar faces as well as put faces to some of the members who have joined over the past year.

(I'd be typing for quite a time if I tried to list everyone I saw and spoke with here.)

I came to the show only desiring one autograph and obtained it late on Friday. Eileen Collins added her signature to an index card, becoming the 85th shuttle astronaut in my continuing quest to complete a set of 355 space shuttle crew members' signatures for a large-format public art project.

Friday night's reception offered a relaxed, if not somewhat slightly crowded-at-times opportunity for some great conversations. I would be speaking out of turn if I shared the specifics, but topics ranged from zombies to the Space Launch System to Jack "Strange Angel" Parsons.

This morning (Saturday), I delivered what I hope was a well-received talk ("Adventures in Artifact-Sitting"), during which I shared some behind the scenes tales of past, present and future collectSPACE stories. At the start, I asked those in the room who among them were collectSPACE readers and everyone's hands went up, so maybe a few of them can chime in on what they thought of the presentation.

(I did, however, swear them to secrecy about the details of the stories I shared — some soon coming to collectSPACE as articles — and to seal the deal "bribed" them with some really cool, free space memorabilia.)

Later, I was happy to join a panel of University of Nebraska Press "Outward Odyssey" authors for what turned out to be an excellent discussion of the scope of the series. Colin, you were missed, but were there in many of our comments!

One of my real personal pleasures today was being joined at the show by my sister, who lives nearby. She had the opportunity to meet and shake hands with Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Walt Cunningham, Dick Gordon, Fred Haise, Gene Cernan and Jerry Ross, and came away thrilled. It's not often that I get to share my "world" with her, so it was a real treat to do so today.

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Nice report, Robert. I saw you on the floor and planned to introduce myself, but you were engaged in conversation...

Next time, perhaps.

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Sorry we missed meeting. Next time please do come over and say hi.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't add that it was especially great to see Kim and Sally Poor, Randy and the whole Spacefest team. It's their hard work that makes all the great experiences possible and have earned my and many others' gratitude.

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Everyone who used me for mail order had their items signed.

I left the show this afternoon and drove straight back home to the Phoenix area. Will start mailing some orders back on Monday, others will take til mid-week. Will send emails to people with photos and/or other details.

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It was wonderful being at SpaceFest and catching up with old and new friends alike! A big thank you to Kim and Sally and Randy .... And, well, everyone involved. And a big round of applause for all the volunteers. You were all amazing, gracious, and smooth to work with!

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I just returned from Spacefest 6 and had a great time.

Unlike in Tucson, the event venue at the Convention Center was a few blocks from the Westin Hotel so I couldn't just roll out of bed to the meeting. The hotel did have a nice outdoor bar which, while not matching the patio of the Starr Pass, did provide a place for gathering. The floor space at the convention center was large enough to allow the astronauts, artists and vendors in the same area.

As noted above, some astronaut fees have gone up, including Cernan at $300 and Aldrin at $600+ (an extra $100 to sign a large item, for example). However, the astronauts, including Buzz, were in fine form, joking and posing for pictures. New attendees included Eileen Collins and Jerry Ross.

There were no long lines, but there was a steady flow. I was able to complete my Apollo 10 crew photo by adding Cernan.

The talks were outstanding. I enjoyed the Apollo panel moderated by Andy Chaikin, the Asteroid panel, and especially the Voyager panel moderated by Jay Gallentine. Robert Pearlman gave a fascinating talk about some unusual aspects of space collecting (he swore us to secrecy). He is an excellent speaker with a radio voice (that's a compliment). There were other outstanding talks by Marc Rayman, Francis French, Robert Brand (with some great 3D footage), and others.

The artwork was out of this world. I enjoyed talking to space artists Ron Woods, Michael Carroll, and others.

It was a pleasure to meet old and new friends, too numerous to list. Of note, the BritArmy & Friends was active, loud, and funny. They serenaded Vance Brand on his birthday and provided some comic relief with the #PinkLittleDragon. They are serious space enthusiasts who have fun.

As with all of the previous four Spacefests I attended, it was the impromptu moments that were the best. Early Saturday morning I went to the art area to see the artwork before the crowds. I get there and Alan Bean, all alone, was doing the same thing. We exchanged comments about the paintings as he walked along and inspected the work of other artists. A few others joined in, but for a few minutes I had an art lesson all alone from Alan himself. Priceless.

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It was fantastic, and I second what Robert, Rich, and David said. Beyond that, I'm too exhausted to convey the proper level of enthusiasm - or my deep thanks to Kim, Sally, Randy, Greg, Rob, all the other organizers who I might be missing - and of course all the volunteers, many of whom are now my new friends. Always great to find kindred spirits.

Proper shout-outs to follow eventually after I sleep for about 36 hours straight.

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As I was unable to attend Spacefest VI due to my recent accident, I'd be very interested in reading any impressions of this year's show, and how it compared to the three held in the past in Tucson.

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First, you were missed Colin and I hope you are walking okay again soon.

Although for me the west coast Pasadena venue is more convenient, I found the Tuscon resort concept with everything in the one place, to have a slightly better "feel". For me, the hotel — the Westin — was a great hotel but limited in facilities, basically one food and drinks facility, etc. compared to last year at Tuscon. However, the surrounding streets of Pasadena offered plenty of choice in that regard.

It is a shame that attendees had to be split into another hotel and then the convention center a few streets away from either. However, that was a minor issue and I would be happy to go to either next year.

It seemed busier than last year — especially for the booths with Eileen and Rusty and initially at least, for Buzz on Saturday. It seemed a little more "cramped" with lines that did form having to branch off sideways, but it created a more busy, intimate atmosphere.

Getting the entire Apollo 9 crew together was a real treat.

I don't know if the increased "traffic" resulted in more autograph/book sales at the other "regular" VIPs. There was a feeling on Friday that most people were repeat attendees who were a little more selective in spending although there were more VIPs to visit. For instance, one of the VIPs I know, pretty much sold his entire stock of books in the first day last year but ended up taking some home this year.

Saturday was definitely busier with "walk in" visitors. Although I couldn't stay for the whole of Sunday, it looked pretty quite when I went down about 9.30 a.m.

The couple of talks I attended were great although attendance seemed a little light.

As usual Kim, Sally, Randy and the rest of the crew/volunteers were brilliant with their organization, running and fixing of problems (the CC facilities gave some problems on Friday due to network problems). Frankly, because of their efforts, anywhere they run this event, I would do my level best to attend.

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...and how it compared to the three held in the past in Tucson.
I would like to attend another Spacefest at Star Pass Resort outside of Tucson. Hopefully it shall be considered for the future.

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Thanks Andy; exactly the sort of overview and feedback I'd been hoping for. It will be interesting to see how the numbers crunch out in the end and whether Kim and Sally decide it was a good and beneficial move away from Tucson. Transportation costs would have been a huge factor in making this shift to California. Like so many others I really loved the facilities, scenery and ambience at Tucson, but let's see what decision is made about next year.

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Was really enjoyable this year, getting to meet so many new fellow enthusiasts, a couple of new astronauts including Eileen Collins, and the really exceptional panels/talks. Subjectively, autograph traffic for the VIPs did not appear significantly "up" from last year. Walk-in traffic seems to have been greater than Tucson, though only Novaspace's sales can tell for sure.

As much as I enjoyed hanging with the Brit Army and Friends around Pasadena, I too miss Starr Pass Tucson. I'll go wherever Team Novaspace takes us, of course, but it's hard to beat that beautiful venue.

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I QUITE enjoyed the convention, and would be happy to go back to Pasadena. Starr Pass is a neat set-up, with everything in one building, but there is a LOT more to do in So. Cal., and in addition, So. Cal. is probably easier to get to for more attendees, and probably has a larger group of space related people in the vicinity to entice to come to the convention for either signing or giving talks etc.

At the end of the day, I just hope there is a Spacefest VII.

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I second Skyman1958's comments (love Tucson, but despite the hotel/CC proximity issues, Pasadena seems like an otherwise more attractive venue in terms of increasing the foot traffic - which is obviously essential for the business aspect). Someone else suggested the Bay Area would attract a lot of Silicon Valley types, but there are higher hotel etc. costs there. But bottom line: wherever Kim and Sally decide, we will support.

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Just wanted to thank SteveG for handling the signings for those of us who were unable to attend Spacefest 6.

I had been sitting on a NASA issued print set from 1969 hoping for an opportunity to have one signed. Since Buzz Aldrin was a late addition to the show I nearly missed the deadline to get an order in to Steve.

Steve graciously accepted my item and Buzz's fee for the autograph at the very last minute. At such a late date, cash was required to complete the transaction. While my wife almost killed me, I trusted the recommendations I read about Steve and sent the goods.

I was pretty adamant about getting a photo of the actual signing to strengthen credibility as I plan to pass the piece down through generations. Steve emailed me a great photo of Buzz signing my print before leaving Pasadena. The package was in my hands just two days later! All of this at a very reasonable price. (Steve's price... not Buzz's haha)

The caption on the print says, "Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin's faceplate reflects Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong and the Lunar Module."

Buzz signed the photo as usual then crossed out "Edwin E." Steve's friend suggested Buzz initial the altered caption. Buzz did, writing, "BA" underneath.

I couldn't be happier with the experience and the piece. Thank you, SteveG!

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Crossing out the original caption? That seems pretty presumptuous when someone is paying you $600 to sign something they've brought in (and presumably was signed as-is).

I think I would have been pretty upset about this particular (and unsightly?) modification. After it, this *was* his name at the time.

But glad it worked for you — that's all that matters, right...


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