Joe Minafra participated in the Space Festival in Novato CA on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Over 6000 people attended the event. The SSERVI booth was set up with large hands-on meteorites, an ISS solar panel, and the NASA Ames Apollo Specimen (secured in an acrylic pyramid).


Joe reunited the specimen with Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden during the astronaut panel discussion.

Panel discussion with five astronauts: speaking and answering questions at the festival were Charlie Duke (Apollo 16 Moon Walker) Al Warden (Apollo 15 Moon Mission) Dan Bursch (Space Shuttle Flights 51, 68, 77, ISS and 4) Gregory H. Johnson (Space Shuttle Flights 123 and 134) and Yvonne Cagle (NASA Flight Surgeon). The astronauts provided the audience with several charming anecdotes about their time in space.

The Space Festival is an annual event that invites the public to the International Space Station museum in Novato, CA. This museum is a privately funded 501c3 non-profit corporation and houses one of the world’s largest private collections of US, Russian and Soviet space exploration artifacts. Since the museum’s opening October 2011, more than 57,000 visitors including 12 astronauts have visited.


This year’s Space Festival saw an impressive turnout for attractions that included a panel discussion with five astronauts, replicas of space shuttles and spacecraft, and of course, The Space Station’s own exhibits. Not only were there many educational pieces on display, such as the wheel of a spacecraft and a suit worn by an astronaut into space, pieces that referenced pop culture were also incorporated into the festival. Star Wars fans could glimpse R2D2 or take a picture with Rey and the Stormtroopers. In keeping with the spirit of fun, the festival also provided its youngest guests with educational activities such as outer space themed arts and crafts and an opportunity to have their pictures taken aboard a real spacecraft.

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2016 Novato Space Festival Flyer

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
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