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Author Topic:   Spacefest VI, May 2014, Pasadena, California

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From: Fort Worth, Texas
Registered: Nov 2012

posted 05-20-2014 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyBuzz11   Click Here to Email FlyBuzz11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by timbowabo:
I couldn't be happier with the experience and the piece. Thank you, SteveG!
I was just a few guys back in line. I was wondering what was going on with all the things he (Steve) had to get sign. Nice piece, by the way.


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From: Scottsdale, AZ
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posted 05-20-2014 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am about as organized as I can be so I'm not holding up the lines or other people's time. I even arranged the money, details and items with one of Buzz's staff members 30 minutes before he arrived and there was still a bit of confusion.


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posted 05-22-2014 04:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, it's long overdue but I feel that I should post a few of my thoughts on my very first Spacefest.

I decided to attend at the very last minute and it turned out to be one of the best experiences that I have ever had in my life!

It probably helped that there were three MOCR guys in attendance so, as a Mission Control fan(atic), it was something special to meet Gerry Griffin, Sy Liebergot and Jerry Bostick.

If ever you're feeling clever or smug about your own IQ, don't go for a chat with Jerry Bostick — it will leave you in awe and feeling quite inferior! I had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr Bostick at lunch and asked him a few questions about trajectory... Oh boy, he blew me away!

Sy Liebergot was an extremely funny man. I don't know why but I didn't expect him to make me giggle so much. I almost didn't go and meet him as I felt guilty that I hadn't quite finished his brilliant book yet as I was trying to time it with his visit over here in June. For the record, he did ask me and I did admit it. The shame I felt.

Those who were lucky enough to attend his talk will know how good it really was. Hopefully more of the same in the UK.

Gerry Griffin is quite possibly one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was friendly, gregarious and very patient with my (endless) questions. In short, he was everything that I hoped he would be. And more. At one point whilst discussing Apollo 8 I became a little star-struck and could not for the life of me remember the phrase 'TLI' and I'm sure I said something like "You know, the acronym for the burn to go to the Moon". Doh!!!

Regarding the astronauts, it was good to see Walt Cunningham and Jim McDivitt seeming to be full of fun and having a great time. I watched Buzz sign a huge painting of a Saturn V lift off and he seemed in no rush whatsoever to sign it and was keen to talk about it, much to the joy of those watching but also much to the boredom of his much-needed excellent PA Christina. I think he would be lost without her.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Sally and Randy but unfortunately not Kim. Maybe next time.

Finally, the four other people I was fortunate enough to meet were Andy Chaikin (sharp, friendly and funny), David Woods (did well not to get furious at how much of a scene I made whilst trying to use his camera to take a photo of him and Andy Chaikin), Rick Armstrong — One of the calmest men I have ever met. (Wonder where he gets that from?) A thoroughly nice man and I wish I had had the courage to actually strike up a conversation with him. Then there is the wonderful Rick Houston. Rick was also very patient with my million and one questions about his exciting upcoming book on Mission Control 'Go, Flight'. Rick also made me laugh as much, if not more than, Sy Liebergot. Thanks Rick!

Oh and I happened to meet a certain Robert Pearlman too, which was wonderful. I agreed not to mention all the hundreds of posts of mine that he has deleted/moved/edited if he agreed to have a photo with me, which he was kind enough to do. Thank you Robert.

All in all, a real once in a lifetime experience. Roll on next year...

Dave Clow

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From: South Pasadena, CA 91030
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posted 05-23-2014 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
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.
I'll confess being prejudiced on the question of how this one compared with Tucson, given that this one was right up the street from where I live. I'm pleased as a local that so many visitors were able to take advantage of area attractions like Endeavour and other spacecraft at the California Science Center, and that they found so much to do close to the venue in Old Pasadena. I doubt we'd have gotten the JPL folks to have made appearances had we been elsewhere, and the Voyager panel was for me a real highlight.

I'd also add that it was a real pleasure for me to introduce the talks by Robert Pearlman and Jay Gallentine.

Kudos as always to Kim, Sally, Rob and the Novaspace team for a terrific gathering. Hope you're back here in 2015!


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posted 05-26-2014 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was one of the Spacefest participants who took the opportunity to visit the California Science Center. I had never seen a shuttle orbiter close-up, and I was not disappointed: that first view of "Endeavour" was a real jaw-dropper. The sheer size of the vehicle and the ability to walk underneath made this a memorable experience, one which I might never have enjoyed had I not been in Pasadena for Spacefest.

But my visit to the Science Center produced a genuine surprise for me which would have been worth the visit on its own. One of the classic space-capsules on display was an Apollo command module, and it was only on checking the explanatory notice that I realised it was my old friend from 39 years ago, the Apollo-Soyuz capsule which I had last seen blazing skyward on 15th July, 1975. Suddenly I was 20 again, and just a little misty-eyed. Obviously a very slight whiff of nitrogen tetroxide wafting out of the thrusters!

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posted 06-10-2014 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for masterguns81     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious when we're likely to get an announcement on Spacefest VII?


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posted 06-12-2014 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you that purchased the Astronaut Group Photo with yourself in the photo, we started shipping them and the CDs today. We were waiting for the candid photos from the photographer so we could include some of them on the CD.


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posted 06-12-2014 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The group photo of just the astronauts is now available from us, and the candid photos can be viewed on SmugMug.


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From: Tucson, AZ USA
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posted 06-18-2014 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, I've been going through all 32 gigs of pix taken by Mark and Tom Usciak of all of Spacefest VI. I've got some of them up here if you have some hrs to kill.

I divided them up this time into separate days and events. All previous Spacefests are there also. Have a look! You'll be in SOME picture. (Lucy West is in most.)


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From: Tucson, AZ USA
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posted 07-10-2014 06:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boy! I’ve spent the past weeks reorganizing ALL the pix from Spacefests 1-6. 50,000+. has redone their site, too, so there was a pretty steep learning curve for that. Mark and Tom’s pictures had previously been dumped there, unceremoniously. Unorganized. (by me)

Now most of the stuff is organized into categories (tours, books,banquet, talks, etc) within each year. Many "galleries" have multiple subjects. So many things happen at Spacefest.

Further classifiction: That's the NEXT project. Please, have a look

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