Spacefest XI

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    JW Marriott Starrpass Resort, Tucson, AZ, USA

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    Spacefest, Astronauts

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We are NOT canceling Spacefest XI, but we are postponing it, and we look forward to bringing you a bigger, better, healthier Spacefest XI next July 15-18, 2021.

With travel bans from other countries to ours, and with the COVID-19 news changing every day, we want to make sure we can provide the experience that you’re used to. Unfortunately, as of this moment, we can’t be sure about anything right now.

Giving full respect to the scientific evidence we have at hand, our decision was made in order to keep our Spacefest family safe.

Your tickets and payments will be transferable to Spacefest XI in 2021, and Universal ticket holder places will be held*, with no further action on your part.

Spacefest XI

Spacefest is an annual gathering of NASA Apollo, Gemini, and shuttle astronauts, space historians, astronomical and scientific guest speakers, authors, astronomers, spacey vendors, phenomenal STEM/STEAM events, an IAAA space art show, and all the fandom included! There are paid events and many free events for the whole family to enjoy! Our goal is to reach out to those who “like space, but just don’t know it yet!”

Produced by Novaspace, a Tucson space art gallery & memorabilia dealer with a six-person crew, owned and operated by Kim and Sally Poor. Spacefest is the brainchild of Kim Poor. Kim was one of the founding members and first president of the IAAA (International Astronomical Artists Association).

Traveling often to do art shows, he made a number of strategic friends including Apollo 12 Moonwalker, Alan Bean. Alan, also an artist, was so impressed by Kim’s business savvy and integrity, that he introduced Kim to other Apollo astronauts.

This is how Novaspace branched out from just space art, into Apollo memorabilia sales. It was the seed that would eventually grow into Spacefest.

In the decline of Kim’s health and Sally’s sanity as a business owner and full time caregiver, Novaspace and Spacefest has been a second priority for far too long. Kim and Sally’s children, Nathan and Kelsey, have decided to step up and help update and rebrand Novaspace, while helping organize Spacefest. Nathan stays somewhat behind the scenes, he has inherited Kim’s office, and is our graphic and website designer. “Since dad taught me these software programs for graphic design, it’s been an easy transition for me. The hardest part is sitting in his office without him here,” he says.

Kelsey has taken to being the face of Spacefest and Novaspace through social media and PR. She also has decided to take over the space art aspect of the business. “These artists are family. I love them all, I’ve known most of them forever, and they make me feel closer to my father,” she says.

We all hope to keep bringing you the best, most informative, inspiring, and educating convention in existence!