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Stars of Apollo shine at Spacefest VI

Several veteran Apollo astronauts, including Jim McDivitt were part of a panel held at Spacefest VI in Pasadena, California from May 8-11. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

PASADENA, Calif — During the four days during which Spacefest VI was held this year, a wide array of special guests were in attendance – a few however stood out from the rest. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 8-11, a large number of Apollo astronauts including some of those who walked on the surface of the Moon in the 60s and 70s.

A panel held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Thursday, May 8th at 6 p.m. PDT, included the following astronauts: Apollo 7’s Rusty Schweickart and James McDivitt, Apollo 12’s Alan Bean and Dick Gordon, Apollo 13’s Fred Haise, Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell also in attendance was Bruce McCandless and Jack Lousma.

Spacefest is an annual gathering held that promotes space flight awareness, has astronauts and other space officials speak about space matters as well as sign autographs and also discusses astronomy. This makes Spacefest one of the key space-related events held every year.

Apollo 12's Dick Gordon. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 12’s Dick Gordon. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 12's Alan Bean. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / Spaceflight Insider

Apollo 12’s Alan Bean. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / Spaceflight Insider

The Apollo panel at Spacefest IV held in Pasadena, California. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

The Apollo panel at Spacefest IV held in Pasadena, California. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 7's Rusty Schweickart. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 7’s Rusty Schweickart. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Jack Lousma. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Jack Lousma. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 13's Fred Haise. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Apollo 13’s Fred Haise. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Bruce McCandless. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

Bruce McCandless. Photo Credit: Mark Usciak / SpaceFlight Insider

 

 

 

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Starting with the launch of Apollo 15 in 1971, Mark Usciak began using his photographic talents to cover the space program. His efforts have garnered him multiple awards from Aviation Week & Space Technology's photography contest, which he won in 1995, 1998 and 2003. His work has graced the halls of Congress as well as numerous magazines. Mark covered NASA's shuttle program, since the very first liftoff - until the final wheel stop. He has now turned his trained eye to reporting new efforts to cede control of access to low-Earth-orbit to commercial companies as the space agency focuses on sending astronauts beyond the orbit of Earth for the first time in decades.

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