Fans of Outer Space to Converge in San Diego

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Look up in the sky tonight and appreciate the accomplishments of those who sought to bring the mysteries of space closer to home. This is the International Year of Astronomy celebrating the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope and the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

San Diegans will have a unique opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments in astronomy with the astronauts and scientists who spark our imaginations with the pictures and stories they bring to us from outer space. The 2nd annual Spacefest, The Ultimate Space Show will take place February 19-22 right here in San Diego.

Seventeen astronauts, including Dr. Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins from the first lunar landing, are scheduled to be on hand for the event. There will be an opportunity to get their autographs as well as those of other test pilots who made space travel possible.

Leaders in astronomical research, including Carolyn Porco, Imaging Team Leader for the Cassini-Huygens mission, Carolyn Shoemaker, record holder for the most comets identified by an individual, and Peter Smith, the Principal Investigator for the Phoenix Mars Lander, will give presentations during the conference.

You can spend quality time with the astronauts and other celebrities by golfing with them in a fundraiser for the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Spacefest is open to the public and will be held at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in Mission Valley, just off of highway I-8. Admission costs $35 for a day or $75 for the full conference ($25 / $50 for kids ages 6 – 17). The banquet, luncheon, VIP reception, and most autographs are extra. For a full list of conference activities view the Spacefest Schedule.

Take advantage of this great opportunity to meet the people who first captured the world’s imagination 40 years ago and continue to inspire our exploration of outer space. And, in this International Year for Astronomy, make time to explore San Diego’s astronomy attractions, including great places to view the stars.

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