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Kelfazin
2007-Jun-20, 03:01 PM
I'm curious if anybody is planning on attending Spacefest 2007 (http://spacefest.info/). I bought my tickets back in February when the BA announced he was going to be a speaker, and since then the list of other speakers and attendees has grown.

The astronauts in attendance:
Jim McDivitt
Frank Borman
Gene Cernan
Buzz Aldrin
Al Bean
John Young
Walt Cunningham
Charlie Duke
Scott Carpenter
Rusty Schweickart
Jack Lousma
Ed Mitchell
Paul Weitz
Bruce McCandless
Joe Kerwin
Charles Walker

Some of the keynote speakers:
Phil Plait
Carolyn Porco
Dan Durda (president of the B612 Foundation)
Andy Chaikin
David Levy
John Young
Joe Kittinger
Seth Shostak
Louis Friedman
(many others)

I can't wait until August for this. Am I going to run into any of you?

Paracelsus
2007-Jun-20, 10:39 PM
I didn't join BAUT until May, so I didn't know about it..now I want to go...WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! :(

Kelfazin
2007-Jun-21, 02:55 AM
There's still time :) The banquet is sold out but you can still get tickets to see the lectures and the astronauts and what not.

Paracelsus
2007-Jun-21, 07:09 AM
I'll look into it. It sounds like a blast!:dance:

Kelfazin
2007-Jul-25, 06:34 PM
Bummer, Frank Borman and Jim McDivitt have cancelled their appearances.

From the email:

Very sorry to say Frank Borman can't make it to Spacefest. There is a very good reason, which we won't reveal for privacy reasons. Col. Borman was the first to say "Let's do it!" more than a year ago, and sincerely regrets
disappointing his SPACEFEST fans.

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-18, 01:43 AM
First day of Spacefest. What a good time! Got to meet the BA, Seth Shostak, and Charlie Duke. I forget to bring my books with me so I didn't go to some of the other tables yet, I'll do that tomorrow. There was a UFO woo-woo in Seth Shostak's SETI presentation, he kept asking question after question about the Shuttle footage that supposedly shows UFO's and "intelligently controlled crafts moving at more than 900,000 mph". Seth told him he would be better off talking to Phil Plait :) Was pretty entertaining.

Some photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11668723@N06/)

01101001
2007-Aug-18, 02:10 AM
Some photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11668723@N06/)

Cool. Thanks. Get some good astronaut space cooties on ya, so you can pass them on electronically.

(Not your avatar so much, but the Friday 002 picture of you looks like my brother. Scary. For all of us.)

mugaliens
2007-Aug-18, 03:40 AM
Neat, Kelfazin! I really appreciate the photos and captions - they go a long way towards bringing it home.

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-19, 06:30 AM
Day 2: Today was even cooler then yesterday. Having brought all my space books with me, I made it around to the various astronaut tables. I now have books signed by Ed Mitchell, Scott Carpenter, Charlie Duke, and my favorites, Gene Cernan and Al Bean. I also have an autographed copy of Bad Astronomy now as well :) Tomorrow I plan on locking down Andy Chaikin long enough to sign my copy of Al Bean's book that he co-wrote, as well as my copy of A Man on the Moon. We also sat in on a lecture by David Levy, namesake for comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, describing comet hunting and the actual discover of SL9.

Also tonight was the banquet. Each table had a celebrity guest, and I got to sit with Bruce Betts (http://www.planetary.org/radio/who.html), Director of Projects for the Planetary Society. It was, to say the least, a very interesting dinner. He talked about the different mission being planned, as well as some specific information about current mission (for example, did you know the Mars Phoenix lander has a microphone on board??!). At the table right behind us was Al Bean, and a few tables over was Buzz Aldrin. Towards the end of the event, they brought Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5) up to give a speech. He was great. Funny, poignant, and understandably humble ("I asked them why they wanted me to give a speech. In this room are seven people that have walked on the moon! What the hell am I supposed to say? All I've done is fly a cardboard space station on a cul-de-sac in California").

All told, this was an amazing day. Rubbing elbows (literally) with living legends. That's a good way to spend a weekend

Next round of photos here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11668723@N06/sets/72157601536362492/detail/), but the greatest picture ever is thumbnailed on this page. I was having my brother take my picture with Al Bean and, after we stood up, my brother got distracted talking to Al's wife. I finally said "Uh, Brad?" and he answered "Oh yea!" It cracked Al up, saying "boy he was off in his own thing, we could have been standing here all day!"

I know I could have stood there all day. :)

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-19, 08:59 PM
Last Day:

Not much to report. Most of the astronauts left early, some of the booths were shut down, all in all, it had a real feel of shutting down. I did sit in on a lecture with astronomer Mike Joner who explained how astronomer's take and process their amazing pictures. After that was Rusty Schweickart and Dan Durda talking about both mining NEA's as well as mitagating the danger of impact from them.

Last batch of photos here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/11668723@N06/sets/72157601548348724/detail/)

Lurker
2007-Aug-20, 01:12 AM
And for those not interested in space and science, there is always

Burning Man 2007
Aug 27 - Sept 3 (http://www.burningman.com/)

Maksutov
2007-Aug-20, 06:01 AM
And for those not interested in space and science, there is always

Burning Man 2007
Aug 27 - Sept 3 (http://www.burningman.com/)
Thanks (?) but not interested. Gimme Spacefest, please.

Meanwhile a series of definitions: Non sequitur (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/non%20sequitur).



Kelfazin, thank you very much! Great pictures and narratives!

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-20, 02:07 PM
And for those not interested in space and science



On a space and science board? I don't get it.

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-20, 02:08 PM
Kelfazin, thank you very much! Great pictures and narratives!

Thanks :)

Lurker
2007-Aug-20, 04:07 PM
On a space and science board? I don't get it.
:shhh: Shhhh... I don't mean to shock anyone, but I just wanted to remind a few that there is more to life than space and science...

01101001
2007-Aug-20, 04:09 PM
:shhh: Shhhh... I don't mean to shock anyone, but I just wanted to remind a few that there is more to life than space and science...

Yeah! Science and space!

Kelfazin
2007-Aug-20, 04:44 PM
And space science!

Donnie B.
2007-Aug-20, 05:10 PM
And science space!

mugaliens
2007-Aug-20, 06:11 PM
Day 2: Today was even cooler then yesterday. Having brought all my space books with me, I made it around to the various astronaut tables. I now have books signed by Ed Mitchell, Scott Carpenter, Charlie Duke, and my favorites, Gene Cernan and Al Bean.

Ok, I'm officially salivating, having grown up in Florida during the 60's and 70's.

I'd have given a right... to be there.

publiusr
2007-Aug-24, 07:23 PM
I miss everything.