Some folks may know that Edgar Mitchell was a member of Apollo 14 in 1971 and was the sixth man to walk on the moon. Perhaps not as many know that he also is interested in “human paranormal potential” and “conducted ESP experiments with an earthbound colleague during downtime en route to the moon.”
Eileen Collins first flew the space shuttle as a pilot in 1995 aboard Discovery, followed by Atlantis in 1997, where her crew docked with the Russian Space Station MIR. Collins was the first female pilot and first female commander of a space shuttle. During her 28-year career, Collins “logged more than 6,751 hours in 30 different types of aircraft and more than 872 hours in space as a veteran of four space flights.”
Buzz Aldrin of Gemini 12 and Apollo 11, will be on site along with Mitchell and Collins at Spacefest VI, May 8th-11th. Neil Armstrong’s son Rick will participate in Thursday’s kickoff event, the astronaut panel, which includes Al Worden, Fred Haise, and Jim McDivitt. It will be followed by Dr. Carolyn Porco presenting “the latest discoveries and stunning images from Saturn, including her Earth-imaging event ‘The Day the Earth Smiled.'” (Tickets for this event are sold as part of the Universal, Galactic, and Stellar packages.)
Besides these historical figures, the weekend will have speakers such as chief engineer and mission director Dr. Marc Rayman of Deep Space Industries and JPL’s Dawn Mission. “The spacecraft was launched in 2007, and for 14 months in 2011 and 2012 it explored Vesta, the second most massive asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. And now it’s on its way to become the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Ceres, in 2015.”
Authors will be on hand and artists will also be represented and have works for sale, including Chris Calle who has followed in his father’s footsteps documenting the American journey into space. Paul Calle was the only artist in the company of the Apollo XI crew—Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins—on the morning of July 16, 1969.
And from real astronauts to the nurses who cared for them—Dee O’Hara was selected in 1959 as “first nurse to NASA’s first astronauts.” She will be on site, as will a name from the small screen—Richard Hatch of Battlestar Galactica.
Thursday-Sunday, May 8th-11th
Pasadena Convention Ctr., 300 E. Green St. 91101
Tickets: Daily/preorder, $25; weekend/preorder, $60; at the door, $35
Children 12 and under, free
For more info, visit SpaceFest.info or call 800.727.6682