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Daugherty54
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posted 01-25-2018 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Novaspace Galleries on Facebook:
Spacefest IX is a go for July 5-8, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel. Ticket prices and starting sales will be announced soon. Thank you for all of your support, encouragement, and patience!
Hope I can afford this one...

mode1charlie
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posted 01-25-2018 05:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news!

YankeeClipper
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posted 01-25-2018 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for YankeeClipper   Click Here to Email YankeeClipper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully there will be a reprise of the X-15 element — last year's was just superb! Would love to hear Joe Engle et al again.

Michael Davis
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posted 01-26-2018 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding news. I was worried there would be no 2018 edition.

Randy@astro
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posted 01-26-2018 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randy@astro   Click Here to Email Randy@astro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On sale date has been set for Feb. 14 at noon MST. Tickets go fast.

I expect to sell at least 60 Universal tickets within the first 60 to 90 minutes. Astronaut sponsorship will be available. Send us an email if you're interested.

Lev M
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posted 01-28-2018 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lev M   Click Here to Email Lev M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Galactic Package includes the Astronauts Lunch, according to the tickets page. Is this correct? Or it should be the Speaker Lunch instead?

NovaRob
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posted 01-29-2018 06:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Galactic Package will indeed include the Astronauts Lunch. There will be no Speakers Lunch this year.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-01-2018 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first astronauts and speakers have been confirmed:
  • Alan Bean
  • Vance Brand
  • Walter Cunningham
  • Charles Duke
  • Fred Haise
  • Jack Lousma
  • Jerry Ross
  • David Scott
  • Alfred Worden

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-14-2018 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tickets sales began today at noon (Mountain Standard Time). From Spacefest:
Universal tickets go fast. For best seating opportunities at the banquet and luncheon, get your order in as quickly as you can.

NovaRob
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posted 02-14-2018 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We had a minor glitch with the online ordering of 4-Day passes ("Admit- All 4 Days") earlier today, but that has now been fixed. If you were trying to order a 4-Day pass, but couldn't, please try again.

abgoodies18
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posted 02-16-2018 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for abgoodies18   Click Here to Email abgoodies18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am excited to be going to this SpaceFest as it is my first one to be at. Astronauts and space artists, what a great combination!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-27-2018 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New guest speakers:
Astronaut Wives, Sue Bean and Barbara Cernan Butler, and Astronaut Daughters, Amy Bean and Tracy Cernan Woolie speak about their unique spaceflight experiences and their supportive, close friendship of 54 years.

SteveG
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posted 03-30-2018 02:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you need something signed and cannot make the event I will be handling any orders for people who cannot make it.

I have done this for most of the past events and glad to help out anyone that I can. I have already confirmed this with Sally and Al.

Please check past years' Spacefest reports to see the positive reviews that I have received for my services.

mode1charlie
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posted 03-30-2018 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveG:
...positive reviews that I have received for my services.
I can verify that SteveG is honest and does a great job at getting your stuff signed.

albatron
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posted 03-30-2018 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Time for my annual Steve Gruber recommendation.

Steve has been a great help to enthusiasts, and to us at Spacefest since nearly day one. His organizational skills are impeccable — and to see him in action is a site to behold. As honest as the day is long, you can trust you item(s) to Steve.

I'll find him a place to store items during the day that's safe and non accessible to the public and he and I keep an eye on the items as well.

Thanks for your help to the community and us at Spacefest Steve!

davidcwagner
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posted 03-31-2018 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Jim Lovell going to be at Spacefest?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-31-2018 03:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim Lovell is not listed among the attendees.

albatron
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posted 05-11-2018 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another astronaut coming to Spacefest! Dr. Anna Fisher, STS-51A and the first mother in space, will be attending! I don't know about y'all, but I'm totally excited about this.

ozspace
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posted 05-14-2018 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ozspace   Click Here to Email ozspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This will be my first Spacefest, looking forward to the event and meeting you all. I'm traveling from Melbourne, Australia.

David C
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posted 05-18-2018 05:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kathy Thornton is now listed as attending.

albatron
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posted 05-18-2018 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a fact!

lspooz
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posted 05-30-2018 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lspooz   Click Here to Email lspooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As with Steve G, I'll be attending Spacefest IX and could handle getting a few items signed for those unable to attend.

I've helped a few other cS folks at ASF shows (references available), and hope to get signatures from Anna Fisher, Jonathan Ward and Mike Leinbach, and Dave Scott.

SteveG
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posted 06-04-2018 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to thank everyone who has messaged me about my service. I am able to take more orders if you can not attend in-person.

Deadline has been moved up to June 30th for payment and orders so please email directly if you may need anything. Thanks again.

Rocketman!
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posted 06-17-2018 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman!   Click Here to Email Rocketman!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will have my artwork on display at Spacefest IX alongside the work of two dozen notable space artists. This will be my third consecutive year participating in the Spacefest art show. It is always a double treat for me to visit with the astronauts and to hang out with a great group of talented space artists.

If you are a cS member, please come up and introduce yourself. I look forward to meeting you in person and seeing those I know, again. — Dave Ginsberg

stsmithva
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posted 06-23-2018 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was about to get some things in the mail to Steve Gruber for Jim McDivitt to sign, but unless I am missing something he is no longer listed as signing autographs. Has anyone heard anything about this?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-23-2018 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't recall McDivitt being listed as attending Spacefest this year. He does appear on the Spacefest website from his participation in previous years.

NovaRob
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posted 06-25-2018 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Indeed, McDivitt is not attending this year. We had his picture on the web page early on as a hopeful, but not confirmed, because he had not committed yet. Once he definitely told us he would not be there, we removed his picture.

stsmithva
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posted 06-25-2018 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another cS member and I must have somehow reached a page from a past Spacefest, because he and I were writing each other about McDivitt's fees just a few weeks ago. I hope he can attend a future one!

NovaRob
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posted 06-26-2018 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since McDivitt can't make it to Spacefest this year, we will try to set up a mail-in signing with him sometime this winter, after he comes back to Tucson.

stsmithva
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posted 06-26-2018 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great! I've got three things ready.

SteveG
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posted 07-07-2018 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveG   Click Here to Email SteveG     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To anyone who sent me items to be signed at Spacefest, everything was signed this morning.

All (but one order) have been packed up to go out on Monday. However, if you sent a postage paid return envelope for the USPS, I was able to get your item(s) out with the last mail collection today when I got back to the Phoenix area.

Thanks to everyone that I was able to help out. And thanks to Sally, Rob and Al.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-08-2018 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A big thanks to Sally, Kelsey, Randy, Al, Nick and everyone who made Spacefest 9 possible — it was a real blast of a few days!

A few personal highlights:

  • Acquiring the perfect piece of kit from spacesuit replica artist Ryan Nagata that will play a neat role at an event to be announced later this week.

  • Adding an 8.6 gram slice of the moon to the collectSPACE collection, courtesy of Top Meteorite. The feldspathic breccia displays very nicely...

  • ...though it paled in comparison to the 1,200 gram lunar sample that Top Meteorite was very kind to loan me for my talk on missing moon rocks. Speaking of which, I used the talk to announce a new challenge, which will become public later this month. Stay tuned for details.

  • Actually finding a missing moon rock during my talk, by way of an audience member whose trip to a kingdom turned up the elusive sample. Details to be announced about that find soon.

  • Emceeing a lively and informative discussion about the upcoming Universal Studios' film "First Man" with panelists including screenwriter Josh Singer, historian James Hansen (patched in by phone), Apollo 15 astronaut and technical consultant Al Worden, Neil Armstrong's sons Rick and Mark, artist Chris Calle, Ryan Nagata and author Rick Houston. Look for an article about the panel coming to collectSPACE this week.
And, as always, catching up with so many collectSPACE readers and friends. The best part of Spacefest are the people who attend. I am grateful for the those I was able to reunite with and regret not having more time to interact with those I know I missed.

Buel
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posted 07-08-2018 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounded like another great event!

Can anyone please share some photos for the likes of us who couldn't attend?

NovaRob
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posted 07-09-2018 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you to SteveG for helping out those customers who could not attend the show.

SkyMan1958
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As always Spacefest IX was a lot of fun. While it's always fun to get things signed by the astronauts, the real charm of the event is that you cram a bunch of space geeks together for 3ish days in one relatively isolated resort, with space artists, dealers, scientists and astronauts, and just let them have fun. My favorite aspect of it is the socializing with friends from around the world, that are connected by at least one common interest.

Here are a couple pics of a serious SpaceX fan in the Main Hall.

albatron
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posted 07-11-2018 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She was a huge hit — even Ed Gibson ran out to get his picture with her.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-21-2018 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Gould wrote up his experience attending the panels at Spacefest.
This piece will be the first in a series of articles inspired by the enormous amount of information and experiences gained at Spacefest. I'll begin by giving an overview of the panels and lectures I chose to attend.

davidcwagner
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posted 07-25-2018 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Novaspace posting pictures?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-26-2018 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Gould has filed his second essay about his experiences at Spacefest.
My last article about Spacefest focused on the panels and lectures. Some of you are probably wondering why I purposely swerved past another aspect of what makes Spacefest truly unique — the personal connections you make with your heroes, and time spent enjoying those moments with friends. Here is the reason why! An entire piece dedicated to just that. It is one of my most in-depth Living Space writings yet.

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