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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-12-2010 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Center Houston release
Lunch with an Astronaut

Space Center Houston is now proud to offer you and your family an extraordinary opportunity to spend the afternoon with an astronaut. This casual event gives you the opportunity to hear first hand stories from a NASA astronaut while enjoying a cosmic lunch prepared by our award winning catering staff.

As a special memento of your visit, you will receive a personalized lithograph from our guest astronaut. Ticket price also includes admission to Space Center Houston where you can experience over 250 things to see and do, including a behind the scenes look at NASA on the Discount Tire NASA Tram Tour.

Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be purchased in advance. Lunch will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Come early or stay late for a special public presentation by our guest astronaut, presentations at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Guest astronauts announced as of today include Michael Bloomfield, Robert Curbeam, Brian Duffy and Pamela Melroy. Their schedule is now on Sightings.

Daugherty54
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posted 03-19-2011 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anyone has attended one of these can you tell me about the autographs? Is this a preprinted autopen litho that is handed out or can you get your own photo signed? How much interaction is there? Any help and info is appreciated.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-19-2011 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Space Center Houston, during the lunch (rather than the free public presentations that precede and follow the lunch, when autographs are not included), the astronauts sign the image/bio card included as part of the experience as well as up to two additional items provided by the guest.

MrSpace86
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posted 11-14-2015 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have purchased a "Lunch with an Astronaut" ticket for Space Center Houston. Has anyone ever done one of these? If so, are the astronauts accessible (as in will they just sign the photo provided or may I take an additional photo?) and also, how many people actually attend these events?

Thanks and any feedback would help!

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Daugherty54
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posted 11-14-2015 12:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ive been to one (Pam Melroy). It was a small group, maybe eight of us total. She visited table to table, signed two pictures for me plus the small 5x7 they provide.

She must have spent 20+ minutes talking to me at our table. Great experience!

MCroft04
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posted 11-14-2015 08:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I attended one with John-David Bartoe. There was a large school group attending that day so the room was full. But Bartoe gave a great talk and took questions afterward, and then did pictures. I'd do it again.

MrSpace86
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posted 11-14-2015 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome! Thank you

Does the ticket include a tour of the Saturn V? I remember reading once that you could ask to just see the Saturn V. I will be in a bit of a time crunch so I was hoping to check it out before the actual lunch.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-14-2015 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Admission includes the tram tour, which visits the Saturn V. However, if you are pressed for time, it may be quicker to visit the Rocket Park directly (just drive to the main entrance of Johnson Space Center and tell the guards you are visiting the Rocket Park and they will direct you to the parking lot). Access to the Rocket Park is free.

MrSpace86
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posted 11-15-2015 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent. Thank you Robert!

MrSpace86
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posted 11-28-2015 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reporting back my experience in regards to Lunch with an Astronaut:

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate it a 6.

The good:

  • You are able to get your photo taken with the astronaut
  • You receive an autographed personalized (it's a plus for me at least to have my name on the photo)
  • You get a full meal, complete with dessert
  • The staff is really nice
The bad:
  • The astronaut does not eat with you or sit at your table
  • The astronaut did not sign anything other than the pre-signed photo. I asked politely beforehand and he said only if there was time. There was time left at the end and he seemed upset that I even asked.
  • Not necessarily bad, but I would have liked to choose what to eat
Would I do it again? Yes, I would. It seems that the experience varies by astronaut. Don't get me wrong, the astronaut was very nice and gave a great presentation, but I guess it is not a good thing to ask for anything other than the pre-signed photo.

I hope this helps to anyone that chooses to get this premium ticket.

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