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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-05-2014 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Novaspace Galleries is planning its next convention:
Spacefest VII tentatively Jun 8-12 2016, Starr Pass, Tucson. That's right, 2016. Follow @Spacefest on Twitter, and just Spacefest on Facebook for the latest news.

4allmankind
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posted 09-05-2014 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 4allmankind   Click Here to Email 4allmankind     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welp, they say patience is a virtue, right?

Novaspace will as usual put on an A+ event. The waiting is the tough part!

Spacefest
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posted 09-23-2014 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Contract signed. Definitely June 8-12, 2016.

JasonIUP
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posted 09-23-2014 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this rule out any chance of a Spacefest in 2015? I assume so, but it's worth asking.

Grounded!
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posted 09-24-2014 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! Starr Pass is a great place to spend a few days.

albatron
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posted 09-24-2014 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by JasonIUP:
Does this rule out any chance of a Spacefest in 2015?
Yes - there needs to be more time in between for several reasons.

Blackarrow
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posted 09-24-2014 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Grounded!:
Starr Pass is a great place to spend a few days.
Is it not a bit isolated? The thing I appreciated most about Pasadena was its proximity to many iconic locations: JPL, the California Science Center with Endeavour; Hollywood; and even San Francisco.

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posted 09-24-2014 08:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I loved Tucson and Starr Pass both times I attended Spacefest (III and IV). I would love to go back there, and I hope I get to go in 2016!

albatron
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posted 09-24-2014 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Blackarrow:
Is it not a bit isolated?
Depends on your viewpoint, there's still a lot of stuff in the Tucson area that's space related.

The logistics involved in moving the show from Tucson (Kim's home base) to Pasadena is unimaginable and expensive.

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posted 09-25-2014 01:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you've never attended one of the Spacefest shows at the Starr Pass Resort, you have missed out on one of the most spectacularly beautiful and dramatic venues imaginable. And unlike LA, sensationally clear and abundant skies by night. I've been to three shows there, and it really is (visually and layout-wise) the perfect venue. I agree that you won't get the same sort of passing trade as in Pasadena, but as Al said, transportation and ancillary costs were extraordinarily high for Kim and Sally in Pasadena, and it's better to rein back a bit, skip a year, and return to 'home base' where the costs and other factors are known, rather than bow out completely.

And to reinforce what Al has said, there is an abundance of space- and aviation-related sites that can be visited, and if you have a car, take the short drive out to Tombstone for a thoroughly entertaining day mixing with cowboy history.

Personally, I'm delighted Spacefest is going back to Tucson, and I've already marked those dates in my 2016 file.

NovaRob
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posted 09-25-2014 02:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some iconic locations in/near Tucson:
  • Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
  • Kitt Peak, Mt. Graham, Mt. Hopkins, Mt. Lemmon Observatories
  • Pima Air and Space Museum (300 aircraft with NB-52A, SR-71, Super Guppy, several one-of-a-kind aircraft)
  • Titan Missile Museum (actual Titan II missile in its silo)
  • AMARG aircraft storage facility (4400+ aircraft)
  • Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
  • Old Tucson Studios and many "westerns" filming locations.
Within 380 miles (same distance as Pasadena to San Francisco):
  • Meteor Crater
  • Grand Canyon
  • Painted Desert
  • Petrified Forest
  • Flagstaff and Lowell Observatory
  • Sedona, Albuquerque, White Sands NM, Phoenix.
And as Colin mentioned - Dark, Open, Clear Skies!

gliderpilotuk
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posted 09-25-2014 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a must. It opens your eyes to the flora and fauna that exists out there.

jiffyq58
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posted 09-25-2014 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let's not forget that Tucson has a great national park, Saguaro. I did some great hiking there both times I went to Spacefest.

And they have a very good brewery there, Nimbus, for those who like good beer (which I do).

Blackarrow
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posted 09-25-2014 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Food for thought, from people whose opinions I respect.

albatron
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posted 09-27-2014 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ColinBurgess:
I've already marked those dates in my 2016 file.
Best thing I heard was you coming back Colin! Can't wait to see you!

Blackarrow
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posted 09-28-2014 03:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gliderpilotuk:
It opens your eyes to the flora and fauna that exists out there.
I suspect the wise visitor would want to keep well away from some of the local fauna!

Grounded!
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posted 09-29-2014 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember seeing wild pigs walking along the fence while my wife and I were floating in the lazy river. There are also plenty of deer, rabbits, quail, and coyotes to be seen right on the resort property. There must be rattlesnakes around also. Did anyone see one of those?

jtheoret
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posted 09-29-2014 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jtheoret   Click Here to Email jtheoret     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, but my girlfriend and I got attacked by wasps living in a saguaro cactus on a nearby trail!

Besides that, I agree that Star Pass is a perfect venue, everything in one location and you can't help but run into astronauts and scientists in the bar or Starbucks...

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-01-2014 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know of a site currently selling flights to Tucson this far in advance? The ones I've checked today only go as far as August-October 2015.

alanh_7
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posted 10-01-2014 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With few exceptions most airlines do not sell more than 350 days in advance.

Mike_The_First
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posted 10-01-2014 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by alanh_7:
With few exceptions most airlines do not sell more than 350 days in advance.

Yeah, I figured I'd ask to see if anyone knows of any of those exceptions that might be selling THIS far in advance.

I know it's a long shot, but no harm in asking.

Spacefest
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posted 10-02-2014 02:51 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 Mike_The_First:
Anyone know of a site currently selling flights to Tucson this far in advance?
The easiest way to get to Tucson is fly to Phoenix, LAX or San Diego, then fly Southwest (Southwest.com) to Tucson. Lots of choices.

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