SpaceFest 2007 in Arizona UPDATE

I am currently looking for Volunteers and Speakers for SpaceFest 2007. All prospective Volunteers, please e-mail me at:  Veronica.Zabala@nss.org.  All potential Speakers please e-mail Kim Poor at:  staff@novaspace.com (Novaspace staff)

I must stress that these fine individuals are not getting any younger and to get them all together at a venue of this magnitude, in our our backyard, is considered an honor and a privilege.  Personally, it is because of these role models I do what I do today…EXPLORE! 

Cheers,

Veronica Ann

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SPACEFEST 2007


Will be held August 17-18-19 at the Mesa Convention Center, sponsored by NOVASPACE and THE PLANETARY SOCIETY. Only 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Int’l, a major nonstop destination for many US and overseas flights.

EVENTS


SPACEFEST will cover all facets of space exploration, manned and unmanned programs by way of Astronaut appearances, speakers, space art, exhibits, vendors, and a space memorabilia auction.

ASTRONAUTS


The largest Arizona gathering of pioneer ASTRONAUTS will occur at SpaceFest. The astronauts represent all phases of the space program, as well as representatives from space-tourist companies. The astronauts will be signing autographs (fees vary) and available for photos.

SPACE ART


The world’s largest SPACE ART SHOW Will feature works from Apollo XII moonwalker-turned-artist Alan Bean, and artist-turned-cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who was also the first space-walker in 1965. NASA artists Robert McCall and Paul Calle. Some of the world’s top space artists will be working live. Original paintings, giclee and limited edition prints will be for sale to patrons.

AUCTION


In addition, there will be a LIVE AUCTION of memorabilia from the space program, with items from the astronauts’ own collections, including some artifacts flown on board their spacecraft. Bidding can be live, mail, fax or email, or through Ebay.

SPEAKERS


Various SPEAKERS will be in the comfortable conference theatre. Included will be Cassini imaging team leader Dr. Carolyn Porco, who will speak of the many new discoveries and mysteries of the Saturnian system. Dr. Dan Durda and Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweikart will talk on the danger of Earth-crossing asteroids and comets. More talks TBA. Admission will be charged to some of the talks.

EXHIBITS, VENDORS


Dozens of EXHIBITORS, commercial, sponsor, and corporate displays will be in the main convention hall.

BANQUET


A BANQUET will be held Saturday evening. Each table will feature at least one of the astronauts or celebrity guests. Places at each table will be auctioned off on Astro-Auction as we get closer to the event.

ADMISSION To the astronaut room, vendors & exhibits, and space art show is $15/day, $25 for Friday through Sunday.

ASTRONAUTS THAT WILL BE THERE AS OF TODAY, DECEMBER 27,2006 ARE:

AUTOGRAPH SHOW


ASTRONAUTS


This will be the largest gathering of famous pioneer and contemporary astronauts Arizona has ever seen. All are friendly, funny, full of amusing anecdotes, and a joy to be around. They will be signing autographs (fees vary from $0 to $150.) The best way to spend more intimate time with these American heroes is to attend the BANQUET or catch them in the bar after hours. A constantly appending list of our guests is below. Check back often.

TO SIGN


For those in need of something to sign, the photo table will have hundreds of different celebrity 8x10s and some popular 16×20’s for sale, as well as posters.

Vendors will also have model rockets, action figures, globes, etc. to have signed.

Jim McDivitt

Gemini 4
Apollo 9
Lunar Landing Director

Frank Borman

Gemini 7
Apollo 8
First to the Moon

Gene Cernan

Gemini 9
Apollo 10
Apollo 17
Last man on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin

Gemini 12
Apollo 11

First lunar EVA

Alan Bean

Apollo 12
Skylab II
4th Moonwalker

Walt
Cunningham

Apollo 7
First Civilian Astronaut

Charlie Duke

Apollo 11 capcom
Apollo 16 Moonwalker

Rusty Schweickart

Apollo 9
First LMP

Jack Lousma

Skylab III
STS-3 commander

Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 14
Moonwalker

Paul Weitz

Skylab II
STS-6 commander

Bruce
McCandless

STS-10, STS-31
First untethered EVA

MORE TO COME

RECEPTION & BANQUET


A reception – banquet for our celebrity guests will be held Saturday evening in the hotel’s Arizona Ballroom. Attendance is limited to 200 @ $99 ea. At least one astronaut or celebrity will be seated at each table, and we will auction off seats at preferred (where there is more demand than seats) astronaut tables in astro-auction.com in 2007, but only those who have purchased banquet tickets will be allowed to bid.

The banquet is sold out. We can take a number of names for our waiting list, however. Later in 2007, when we solidify the number of celebrities and get the inevitable cancellations, we can fill out with names on the waiting list. Call or email, 800–727-NOVA. Show Only reservation count: .

Make your reservations now!

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EXHIBITS & VENDORS


A basic unit of exhibit space is a 10’x10′ draped booth with a 6 ft. skirted table and two chairs, located in the main hall. We can sell multiples of this unit or just a fixed amount of square footage on the floor. Email for a quote.

Exhibitor Highlights

Spacetoys Nick Proach Models Moonpans

EXHIBITORS


Non-commercial exhibitors should contact us for information, and tell us your needs.

DEALERS-VENDORS


Commercial vendors-$200 per space (10×10,) 6-ft table and two chairs. $250 after 2/1/07.

  • Phone Line +$77/first day, +$40 /additional day
  • Electricity (15A, 120V 1800W) +$55

MOVE-IN/OUT


Move-in 7AM Friday 6/15. Move out by 6PM Sunday 6/17.

SIGNAGE


A 7″x 44″ sign is provided with your business name. If you need to hang additional signs, Email us.

 

FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT:  http://www.novaspace.com/spacefest/

ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER (THERE ARE BENEFITS TO VOLUNTEERING WHICH WILL BE WORKED OUT AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT), PLEASE CONTACT:  Veronica.Zabala@NSS.org

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