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How to meet your space heroes in fact and fiction (without becoming a space stalker)

26 Mar 2014, 10:26 UTC
How to meet your space heroes in fact and fiction (without becoming a space stalker)
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For those of us old enough to remember the Apollo moon landings, as this writer does just about, it is always a thrill to meet those few remaining astronauts who have managed to set foot on the Moon.  And given that these jut-jawed all-American heroes of the past are now octogenarian old men, sadly the chance of meeting them in real life is diminishing every day.  Those involved in the space industry every so often get an opportunity to meet these gallant men, but how can the average space cadet on the street get to do this without becoming a “space stalker”?Â
While your correspondent gave up collecting autographs as a 10-year-old boy in the 1970s after once getting a curmudgeonly brush-off from an actor filming The Professionals action TV series at the end of his London street (no, not the nice Lewis Collins – now sadly departed – who freely gave his, but the other too-precious one), he does admit to having a few framed signed NASA photos which he hangs in his home mainly for their artistic value. Even so, your correspondent again found himself looking forward to helping out at the British Interplanetary Society’s ...

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