In December, we received a request to assist Ed Buckbee (founder of Space Camp) with his plans to visit Australia and New Zealand for the first time. He was working in this part of the world during that time, and we were asked to assist with arranging talks about his passion, ‘The Real Space Cowboys’ – the astronauts and their challenges from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.
We met up with Ed on the morning of a talk we had arranged at the World Famous Sydney Observatory. This was well-received by all present. The next day, we met up with Mr. Buckbee to discuss our plans for establishing Space Camp in Australia and also had him interviewed for an online forum.
Mr. Buckbee left for Melbourne on a cruise ship, and we arranged for him to be met on arrival in Melbourne. The team that met him showed him the sights of Melbourne, arranged for him to give the same talk as he presented in Sydney, and put him back on the boat for the cruise to New Zealand.
Upon arrival in New Zealand, we were fortunate to have colleagues from one of our previous ventures meet up with Mr. Buckbee and his wife, and he was shown the sights, presented a talk and was provided the opportunity to see this part of the world with local guides.