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International Space Development Conference
May 25-29, 2000


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Bring the kids and spouse to ISDC Tucson 2000
for an exciting vacation alternative!!

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday

Thursday, May 25:

Friday, May 26: Saturday, May 27: Sunday, May 28: Monday, May 29:

The most space-related tours have been scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Monday, while the Saturday and Sunday tours will please family members not attending the Conference sessions.

Prices:
The prices shown here are for planning purposes. Final prices and times will be announced when we start taking reservations, now estimated to begin in late January.

Prices are near cost, and include transportation in an air-conditioned bus. Meals are from local restaurants and are included with the price, where a meal is mentioned. Estimated prices for lunch or dinner: $5: adults, $4: children; breakfast $1 less. Signify if you need vegetarian or special meals; there might be an extra charge.

THURSDAY, May 25, 2000

Kartchner Caverns in Benson, AZ.
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel or arrive at Skywatcher's Inn
1:30 pm 2:40 - 6:00 pm 7:40 pm 6:20 pm

60 minute tour of the newly opened, immense, exquisite, nearly pristine Kartchner Caverns (wheelchair accessible), and 2 hours at the Discovery Center exhibits on the geology and paleontology of the cave, the bat populations, and a multi-screen video of the cave. No strollers or cameras inside cave.
Dinner included.
Kartchner Caverns is booked up for months, and holidays & weekends are booked for years. 48 slots for cave tour and Discovery Center, 6 slots without the cave tour.
Options: go on to Skywatcher's Inn or back to Holiday Inn.
Estimated Cost: Under age 7 Age 7 - 13 Over age 13
  $11 $19 25
Without cave tour: $11 $12 $12

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Star Party at the Skywatcher's Inn Bed and Breakfast in Benson, AZ.
(Option to go to Kartchner Caverns first.)
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel Sleep-overs return to hotel
8:00 pm 9 pm - midnight 1:00 am 7:30 am Friday
Refreshments will be served.

Probe the brilliant Arizona night skies with some exceptional optics and companions.

Vega-Bray Observatory Telescopes:

  • Computerized 20 inch f/10 Maksutov Cassegrain, equipped with an Axiom Research AX-2 Viper CCD Camera
  • 14.5 inch f/5.5 Newtonian
  • 12 inch f/4.8 Dobsonian
  • 6 inch f/3.3 Astrograph
  • 12 inch f/10 (LX200, two, computerized)
  • 8 inch f/6 Dobsonian
  • 6 inch f/23 Maksutov
  • 6 inch f/8 main refractors
  • 25 x 150 coated binoculars and 20 x 110 military binoculars
Skywatcher's Inn also has a science classroom, a media room, library, and tranquil porches and sitting rooms.

Estimated cost: Star Party : $8.
Sleep over & breakfast : call Skywatcher's Inn (520) 615-3886 or contact them by email or to reserve a comfortable, luxurious bedroom with bath. Skywatcher's Inn has 4 bedrooms sleeping two to four, plus allowing you to pitch your sleeping bag on the floor, all for various prices. To save money, arrange to share the room with family or friends before you call. You must reserve and pay for your bedroom with Skywatcher's, not with the Conference.
Sleep overs: The Conference will store your luggage at the hotel so you can register your room on Friday.

For more information, visit the Skywatcher website .

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FRIDAY, May 26, 2000

Kitt Peak National Observatory .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
8:00 am 9:30 am - 11:40 1:15 pm
Breakfast and lunch included

Once the centerpiece of optical astronomy in the US, and now one of several important sites, Kitt Peak explores the skies with 21 optical and 2 radio telescopes, and the McMath solar telescope.

Estimated cost: Adult Child (smaller meals)
  $16.00 $14.00
Additional optional cost: $2 guided walking tour at 10 am.

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Colossal Caves .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
10:00 am 10:45 am - 12:15 pm 1:00 pm

Colossal caves had been used for centuries by pre-historic peoples before it was "discovered" in 1879. Train robbers have shot it out in the darkness inside. As your guide relates the Cave's history, legends, and geology, you walk down and back up about six and a half stories of stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxworks, and helictites.

Estimated cost: over age 12 age 6 - 12 under 6
  $12.50 $9.00 $5.00

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Pima Air & Space Museum .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
8:30 am 9:00 am - 12:20 pm 1:00 pm
Breakfast included

150 acres and 250 aircraft and space exhibits on display. From the Museum, a tram embarks for a one hour tour of the boneyard, an open-air warehouse of 5,000 mothballed aircraft. Watch a children's mock Challenger mission. Buy your own lunch.

Estimated cost: age 10 & up under age 10
  $14.50 $7.00
Save money by scheduling for Pima and Titan.
Additional optional cost: Airplane bone yard shuttle: $3; Geo ride: $3.

  Adult age 10-17 under age 10
Pima & Titan $24.00 $23.00 $13.00
Just Pima $14.50 $14.50 $7.00
Just Titan $12.50 $10.00 $6.00

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Titan Missile Underground Missile Silo .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
2:00 pm 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm 5:00 pm
Snack and drink provided.

The Cold War. The order never came, fortunately, and not one of our nation's 54 Titan II missiles was ever launched. Every one of the hardened underground missile silos has been dismantled, except this one. See the Launch Control Center where combat crews waited for the launch order that never came. Watch demonstrations of monitoring and count-down procedures. Walk through the 200 foot long cableway 35 feet underground to the 146 foot deep silo that contains an actual Titan II missile. 50 metal grid steps down, skirts not recommended, claustrophobic opportunities.

Estimated cost: Adult Age 10 - 17 under age 10
  $12.50 $10.00 $6.00

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ASARCO Open Pit Copper Mine Tour and Mineral Discovery Center .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
2:00 pm 2:35 pm - 4:25 pm 5:00 pm
Snack and drink provided

Your little boy can't reach the lowest lug nut. This truck is BIG. The ASARCO open pit copper mine tour is big on big: open pits, machinery, processing vats, and production, then applying scientific principles to restore the environment when done. Marvel at the labor involved in manning the historic ore cars, tools, and machinery on display for hands-on exploration. The Mineral Discovery Center has a Theater and exhibits on geology, mining, and the uses of minerals. Little walking required

Estimated cost: over age 62 age 13-62 age 5-12 under age 5
Mine tour & Discovery Center $11.00 $12.00 $10.00 $6.00
Just Discovery Center $6.00 $6.00 $6.00 $6.00

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Biosphere 2 (Friday tour) .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
1:45 pm 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm 6:30 pm
Snack & drink provided.

The bold experiment by Space Biospheres Venture to create a closed loop ecology that could support people indefinitely in the Arctic and subsequently in space, is now a Columbia University research mega lab. Visit the Mission Crew living quarters and command and control "Nerve Room" of the original Biosphereans. This unique experiment displays its discoveries in the Climate Change and Life on Earth exhibit.
The guided tour is customized for our conference. The open tour mixes with the general public and follows a prescribed program. Because of the prices, the guided tour will probably have fewer children.
Another tour is on Monday.

Estimated cost: Adult Age 6 - 17 Age 5 and under
Open tour: $17.00 $14.00 $8.00
Guided tour: $21.00 $21.00 $8.00

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Tours of University of Arizona space related technology laboratories .
Still being arranged. Travel by van.

Estimated cost: $5.00

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Flandrau Planetarium and Science Center, University of Arizona .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
7:00 pm 7:15 pm - 8:30 or 9:30 pm 8:45 or 9:45 pm (your choice)

Go ahead. Try and explain the Bernoulli effect to your kid as the beach ball hovers over the blast of air. Or don't explain at all; the kids and you will have plenty of fun romping from pendulums to conservation of momentum spinning ride to any of the other dozens of hands-on science exhibits. Telescope viewing, weather permitting. Optional planetarium shows for extra cost at 7:30 and 8:30 pm. Kids in child care go for cost plus $1.50.

Estimated cost: Over age 13 Age 3 - 13 Under age 3
  $7.00 $6.00 $4.00
Planetarium show: $2.00 $2.00 Free with parental unit

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SATURDAY, May 27, 2000

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum .
Leave hotel Event duration Go on to Old Tucson (see next) or Return to hotel
9:00 am 10:00 am - 12:30 pm arriving at 12:45 pm 1:30 pm

Find yourself eye to eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, hawks, and tarantulas. Underwater viewing in the Riparian Habitat lets you peek in on beaver, river, otters, and desert fishes. Stay alert in the Hummingbird Aviary - a nesting hummingbird might snatch a threat from your shirt. "A combination of museum, zoo, botanic garden, and nature trail. One of a kind, not to be missed." - The New York Times.
Food sold at Desert Museum.
Go on to Old Tucson Studios or back to hotel.

Estimated cost: Over age 12 Age 6 - 12 Under 6
  $12.50 $6.25 $5.00

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Old Tucson Studios Movie Set and Theme Park .
Leave from Holiday Inn or Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (your choice)
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
11:00 am Noon - 4:00 or 6:00 pm (your choice) 4:45 or 6:50 pm
Leave from Desert Museum Event duration Return to hotel
12:30 pm 12:45 - 4:00 or 6:00 pm 4:45 or 6:50 pm

Discover the real West and the "reel" West of the Silver Screen. Old Tucson Studios was originally the set built for the epic motion picture "Arizona". Now the set has expanded and opened up for the tenderfoots. Enjoy spectacular trick riding, saloon girl musicals, and stage coach rides. Take the kids for a pony, train, or stage coach ride or take a spooky trip in an ore car into an underground mine tunnel. Get a family portrait in western clothing and watch stunt people fall off buildings in mock cowboy gunfights. If you wear out before the kids, relax at the little cowpoke's playground while the kids bounce on the inflatable fort or ride mini boats around a mini river.
Food sold at theme park.

Estimated cost: over age 11 age 4 - 11 under 4
  $18.00 $14.00 $7.00

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Arizona Historical Museum and Arizona State Museum .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
2:00 pm 2:20 pm - 4:50 pm 5:10 pm

The Arizona Historical Society Museum has a vast collection of authentic Old West settler and American Indian artifacts displayed in period furnished rooms with dressed figures. Get an up close look at entire stage coaches and early automobiles, displays of various guns, weapons, tools, and machinery. The kids will especially like exploring the recreated ore mine. A special exhibit details 1870s in Tucson.
The Arizona State Museum's Paths of Life exhibit displays ten Indian tribes of the southwest including the Navajo, Hopi, Sceri, and Apache. These cultures' creation myths, day to day survival skills, and conflicts are the focus. Relics of prehistoric tribes such as the Hohokams are also displayed.
Eateries are nearby.

Estimated cost: $4.00.    Museums accept donations.

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SUNDAY, May 28, 2000

Tucson Botanical Gardens .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel or go on to Trail Dust Town
8:30 am 9:15 - 10:30 am Noon 11:25 - 1:45; return 2:35 pm
Noon 12:45 - 4:10 pm 4:30 pm  
Or come to Botanical Gardens after Trail Dust Town:
Leave Trail Dust      
1:45 pm 2:05 - 4:10 pm 4:30 pm  

An urban oasis brimming with a variety of plants that thrive in Southern Arizona. Peaking at this time of year are these Gardens: Herb, Tropical, Backyard Bird, Butterfly, Sensory, Native American Crops, Cactus, Xeriscape, and Wildflower. The nursery offers plants for sale. Go on to Trail Dust Town or back to hotel.

Estimated cost: age 12 and up under 12
  $8.00 $4.00

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Fort Lowell Historic Museum and Park .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel or go on to Trail Dust Town
8:30 am 9:35 - 10:45 am Noon 11:25 - 1:45; return 2:35 pm
Noon 1:05 - 4:00 pm 4:30 pm  
Or come to Fort Lowell after Trail Dust Town:
Leave Trail Dust      
1:45 pm 1:55 - 4:00 pm 4:30 pm  

The presence of army cavalry and infantry housed at Fort Lowell discouraged Apache attacks on the settlers. In 1866, after the Civil War, the fort was established in downtown Tucson, and moved to this site, 7 miles away, in 1873. Families of the officers lived there as well, and many of the artifacts on display tell of their Spartan lives in this harsh land. Military woolen uniforms, rifles and weapons, tools, personal possessions and photographs fill the museum. A docent is on hand to answer questions. If the kids get restless, a park playground is just outside. Go on to Trail Dust Town or back to hotel.

Estimated cost: $4.00.    Museum accepts donations.

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De Grazia's Gallery in the Sun and Mission in the Sun .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel or go on to Trail Dust Town
8:30 am 9:35 - 11:10 am Noon 11:25 - 1:45; return 2:35 pm

Designed by De Grazia and built by him and his Indian friends, the Mission in the Sun chapel stands next to the Gallery in the Sun. These architecturally distinct adobe constructions house many of De Grazia's paintings, bronzes, ceramics, stone lithographs, and jewelry. De Grazia's originals on display include the Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, Papago Legends, Yaqui Easter, Bull Fight, and Retrospective collections. Reproductions are for sale. Go on to Trail Dust Town or back to hotel.

Estimated cost: $4.00.

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Trail Dust Town .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel  
8:30 am 10:15 - 11:25 am Noon (or stay until 1:45 or 3:40 pickup)  
Or come to Trail Dust Town from Botanical Gardens, Fort Lowell, or De Grazia:
Leave prior site Event duration Return to hotel or go to Fort Lowell or Botanical Gardens
~10:45 am 11:25 - 1:45 pm 2:35 pm ~2:00 - 4:00; return 4:30
Or come to Trail Dust Town from Sabino Canyon:
Leave Sabino Event duration Return to hotel  
1:30 pm 1:45 - 3:40 pm 4:30 pm  

This Old West main street has charming architecture, covered wagons, a gazebo, town jail, the Wagon Museum and a mini train ride through a mock Indian camp, gold mine, and cemetery. Get a family portrait, a steak dinner, mouthwatering fudge and a fun romp for the kids at Trail Dust Town . If you want to make a day of it, take the 8:30 am tour and then wait for the 1:45 or 3:40 pm pickup. Right next door is Golf 'N Stuff and a McDonald's with a life-size T-Rex model and playground is a short walk away.

Estimated cost: $4.00.

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Sabino Canyon, Tram Ride, Pools and Waterfalls Swimming, Picnicking .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel or go on to Trail Dust Town
8:30 am 10:00 am - 1:30 pm 2:35 pm 1:45 - 3:40; return 4:30 pm
      or go on to Fort Lowell or Botanical Gardens
      ~1:55 - 4:05; return 4:30 pm
Picnic lunch provided.

12,000 years ago Columbian mammoths roamed here. Ancient Hohokam Indians irrigated with Sabino Canyon creek water. Now your family can ride the bus tram up the mountain, and splash, picnic, climb huge boulders and slide down mini waterfalls at any of a dozen picture perfect swimming holes. Dress for sun, water, and rocks. Sunscreen provided.

Estimated cost: Adult age 3 - 12 under 3
  $17.00 $12.50 $8.00

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MONDAY, May 29, 2000

Biosphere 2 (Monday tour) .
Leave hotel Event duration Return to hotel
7:45 am 8:45 am - 11:45 am 12:45 pm
Breakfast provided.

Initially a research experiment to create a closed loop ecology for colonizing other planets, this massive enclosed habitat has revealed many unknowns about life processes. Visit the Mission Crew living quarters and Command and Control "Nerve Room" of the original Biosphereans. Columbia University's research is presented in the Climate Change and Life on Earth exhibit. The guided tour is just for our members and the guide answers questions. The open tour mixes with the general public and follows a prescribed program. Because of the prices, the guided tour will probably have fewer children. Another tour is on Friday.

Estimated cost: Adults age 6 - 17 age 5 and under
  Open tour: $19.00 $16.00 $9.00
  Guided tour: $23.00 $23.00 $9.00

The Conference or hotel will hold your luggage so you can check out before leaving on the tour.

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