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Museum Exhibit Part of International Space Development Conference

The National Space Society (NSS) wrapped up its 36th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) Monday in St. Louis, the birthplace of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft that propelled the U.S. into manned space exploration.  The ISDC was hosted by the local NSS chapter, St. Louis Space Frontier, and held in the historic St. Louis Union Station hotel and convention center.  A full agenda of presentations attracted attendees and exhibitors from around the world, and St. Louis aerospace education organizations were there to support the weekend’s activities.

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Missouri Aviation Historical Society, The Space Museum Bonne Terre Missouri, and Mac’s Old Team, among others, provided exhibits at the conference.  Exhibits were available daily during the conference days Friday-Sunday, and lunch sessions included keynote speakers NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut and retired USAF General Thomas Stafford and World View Enterprises CEO Jane Poynter.  Of special interest was the Saturday Panel Presentation and Luncheon with members of Mac’s Old Team, a group of St. Louis-based McDonnell Aircraft engineers who helped design, build and launch the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft at the dawn of the U.S. manned space program.  More from Saturday’s Mac’s Old Team program will be featured in an upcoming story.

Some of the exhibitors on Saturday included:

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum President Mark Nankivil visits with Michael
Mackowski from Phoenix, AZ


Space Museum, Bonne Terre, Missouri President Earl Mullins with some
of the museum’s displays


Martin Harris with Missouri Aviation Historical Society aviation and space
program display


Beautiful paintings from Janice Schoultz Mudd


Missouri University of Science and Technology Mars Rover Design


Tesla Model 90D S-Series All-Electric car


Saturday’s Panel Presentation featured a two-hour session with Mac’s Old Team and Astronaut Thomas Stafford.  During the luncheon that followed, Mac’s Old Team and General Stafford received the NSS Space Pioneer Award.


ISDC Chair Christine Nobbe welcomes us to the morning session


Moderator Amy Shira Teitel checks on the panelists
The Panel Presentation gets underway
Bob Schepp


Earl Robb


Dean Purdy


Norm Beckel


Jerry Roberts


Astronaut Thomas Stafford


A brief time to visit after the session


Mac’s Old Team with Thomas Stafford and Amy Shira Teitel
The luncheon featured the Keynote Speaker, Astronaut and Retired USAF General Thomas Stafford, and the presentation of the Space Pioneer Awards.  Accepting the awards from Mr. Philip Newell are Thomas Stafford and Norm Beckel representing Mac’s Old Team.