2015 Novato Space Festival Photos

  • Big John kicking off the 2015 Novato Space Festival
  • It was a great event made possible by so many wonderful volunteers, sponsors, guests, exhibitors, and enthusiatic attendees.
  • Astronaut Al Worden checking in
  • Meteorite Transferral
  • A space nut for space nuts. Courtesy of Astronaut Jerry Ross.
  • Ready for launch...
  • Space Museum Founders Ken Winans and Debbie Winans starting things off
  • Novato Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy addresses the crowd on the importance of the event and the great community it fosters
  • Astronaut Rhea Seddon was signing her book, "Go For Orbit"
  • One of the first female astronauts. She has flown on three space shuttle flights.
  • The Mayor Jeanne MacLeamy and Astronaut Rhea Seddon
  • Astronaut Al Worden - one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon
  • Legendary Astronaut Al Worden signing his book "Falling to Earth"
  • Astronaut Hoot Gibson flew to space on five shuttle missions and is a legendary pilot
  • Astronaut Jerry Ross - One of only three NASA astronauts to support the US Space Shuttle program from before the first launch through its final landing. He is the first person to be launched into space seven times!
  • Jerry Ross signing his book, "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer"
  • Here you could learn about how the Kepler spacecraft is collecting important data as it sweeps through the universe.
  • A demonstration showing the extraordinary heat absorbing characteristics of the space shuttle tiles
  • The superb space models of Joe Martinez
  • A 3D printer like this is used on the ISS so that astronauts could manufacture custom tools on demand
  • The Museum itself was packed with eager to learn attendees
  • Calling all space cadets!
  • The Planetary Society was there to discuss Solar Sailing. Solar sails use the sun’s energy as a method of propulsion.
  • An exhibit by the Bay Area Science Festival
  • Tom Taormina discussing his book "It WAS Rocket Science"
  • Peering into this telescope lets you look directly at the sun. Safely.
  • The main tent was was abuzz all day long
  • Geoff Notkin - Meteorite Expert
  • A Virgin Galactic representative telling people about how they could travel to space
  • A young patron explains why Jupiter is his favorite planet
  • The gift shop was filled with fun momentos. Purchasing items at the souvenir shop benefits the Museum greatly.
  • The amazing space lego collection on display at the Novato Space Festival
  • Volunteer David Nielson explaining how a rocket propels the Lunar Excurion Module(LEM) to the Moon
  • A future astronaut in training
  • The USS Hornet Museum and it's F-8 Crusader nose section allowed patrons to experience the feel of the US Navy's first supersonic jet fighter.
  • Astronauts Al Worden and Yvonne Cagle
  • We come in peace....
  • ...or maybe not!
  • Four Astronaut Q&A Presentation - from left Legends Al Worden, Rhea Seddon, Hoot Gibson, and Jerry Ross
  • Many topics were covered like the experience of liftoff, orbiting the moon, and the future of space exploration
  • Ken Winans enjoying the Q&A
  • A patron gives his thanks to the inspiring panel
  • Kids had a ball with this exhibit
  • One of the many great sponors of the event and The Space Station Museum
  • Fun for the kids...
  • ...and parents too!
  • Until next year's Novato Space Festival, this is the The Space Station Museum checking out.....


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