Astronauts: November 2012 Archives

Keith's note: Why does NASA JSC PAO have staff in Saudi Arabia? Are there that many NASA employees attending the ASE event such that they need a PAO handler?

@amikokauderer Chilling out, maxin' and relaxin' with a couple new dinner friends. @ The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh http://instagr.am/p/RqUdSrpEOw/

Earth's Astronauts Meet, earlier post

Keith's update: Correction/update: @amikokauderer says she is "not on the job" - but she is listed as accompanying Scott Kelly, an active U.S. astronaut according to ASE.

Keith's update: According to ASE: "Amiko is here as Scott's guest. Scott is here as the official NASA active astronaut representative; although he is on official orders, all (flights, hotels, meals, everything) of his and Amiko's expenses have been picked up by our Saudi hosts (all expenses for all attendees have been picked up by the hosts). She is here purely as a private citizen and Scott's guest."

Keith's note: I wonder if the opportunity to get an all expenses paid trip to Saudi Arabia was offered to other NASA JSC employees instead of just sending a PAO employee.

Earth's Astronauts Meet

Over 100 astronauts to attend Riyadh, Saudi Arabia meeting, Arabnews

"The conference will be attended by more than 100 astronauts from 18 different countries along with experts in the space and aeronautics sector from all around the world. ... The event will be addressed on the first day by Prince Sultan bin Salman. Other speakers include KACST President Mohammed Al-Suwaiyel and Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud. Among the foreign speakers will be Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, president of ASE and the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; George W. Abbey, former director of Johnson Space Center, USA; Charles Elachi, director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US; and Thierry H. Duquesne, director for strategy, programs and international relations, Center National d'Etudes Spatiales -- CNES, France."

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