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UMSF@5, The Forum's 5th Anniversary
Astro0
post Feb 9 2009, 05:28 AM
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This anniversary almost passed us by...
February 8th 2004 was the date that saw the introduction of the forum that we all enjoy so much.
I just wanted to pass on my thanks to Doug Ellison for taking the brave (although he may sometimes think 'foolish') step of setting up the Unmanned Spaceflight forum.

For me, it has opened up - literally - an entire world of interaction with like-minded people.
The thoughts, knowledge and talents of the people on this forum continues to astound and delight me.
UMSF has become a daily habit (many times daily!) and I am proud to be both an enthusiastic contributor and an administrator in Doug's team.

Here's to last 5 years and many, many more Sols to come smile.gif

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post Feb 9 2009, 05:56 AM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Feb 8 2009, 09:28 PM) *
This anniversary almost passed us by...
February 8th 2004 was the date that saw the introduction of the forum that we all enjoy so much.
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Astro0


I second Astro0 wish for 5 more years. I appreciate daily all the comments, products, suggestions and discussions. I whish I could be more part of it that I am allowed to. Thank you Doug and all the rest of you for such an amazing experience.

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post Feb 9 2009, 06:20 AM
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I'm only a relative newbie on this site, but from the few months I've been a member, it's apparent that the level of discussion on UMSF is very, very impressive.

It's a real forum of experts and those genuinely interested in unmanned spaceflight. Trolls, ranters, politicos, conspiracy theorists and pseudoscience heads can go elsewhere. Ergo the high signal to noise ratio here. Well done Doug and here's to the next 5 years! cool.gif smile.gif


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post Feb 9 2009, 07:01 AM
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I second all comments above and only regret not finding UMSF before I actually did.
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post Feb 9 2009, 07:16 AM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Feb 9 2009, 07:01 AM) *
I second all comments above and only regret not finding UMSF before I actually did.


I second THAT comment.

And add that I'm sorry that I couldn't get the beautiful birthday-banner uploaded in time that Astro0 made for me - I'm travelling today - hopefully airport-waiting time and WiFi will sort that out smile.gif
(edit - or over breakfast biggrin.gif )

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post Feb 9 2009, 08:08 AM
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Parabéns!
Man...five years? Incredibly it seems like so little time, I feel like UMSF has been a part of my life for much more than that...
Doug, thank you, THANK YOU for making all this possible, allowing us to be part of the crew of UMSF.
Here's to the 5 years ahead.
The best is yet to come!
Ride boldly ride!


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post Feb 9 2009, 08:23 AM
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Thanks to Doug & the admin team for making this place what it is, and keeping it that way! It definitely is my favorite place to be on the Net and has been since I first stumbled upon it back in 2005 (!) Keep on keepin' on, people.

The anniversary banner is a beauty indeed. I'm looking forward to the 10, 15, and 20-year banners! smile.gif


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post Feb 9 2009, 09:47 AM
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That's great!

Happy anniversary!
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post Feb 9 2009, 11:01 AM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Feb 9 2009, 05:28 AM) *
for taking the brave (although he may sometimes think 'foolish') step of setting up the Unmanned Spaceflight forum.

Astro0


I couldn't agree more. I'm gut-bustingly proud of my supremely talented, dedicated and intelligent other half - and I can see the results of his hard work - having met some of the forum members and read articles etc etc.

I may have felt somewhat second place at times to his work in this field, but I wouldn't have it any other way as he deserves all the success and kudos.

Astro0 - I love the new banner - very modern and shiny. *applause*

Happy Birthday UMSF!
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post Feb 9 2009, 11:27 AM
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Being slightly serious for 5 seconds - Helen has been a part of the UMSF story as well. Lesser women would have not put up with the time it takes for me to look after UMSF, go and do talks and so on. I'm very lucky that she not only tolerates it, but comes with me to many of the talks and things that I do and supports me doing it all.

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post Feb 9 2009, 11:33 AM
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That's more than slightly serious, Doug. It's overwhelmingly important to have someone supportive who is also quite close to you for an enterprise such as this, and Helen has certainly been all that and more; it was obvious from your birthday cake and in a million other quiet yet vital ways, of course.

Thanks to you both. smile.gif


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post Feb 9 2009, 11:36 AM
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Doug's Better Half - "I may have felt somewhat second place at times to his work in this field..."

Behind everyone there's always a better half!
There's no way that Doug could have done any of this without your support and love. smile.gif <3
I'm sure that you have all our thanks for keeping our UMSF overlord and dictator sane during those tough days of forum 'noise'.

It's worth reposting an image from way back at the summit of Husband Hill. Ah, you were both so young laugh.gif
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post Feb 9 2009, 11:37 AM
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Happy 5th anniversary UMSF.com & thank You Helen & Doug !
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post Feb 9 2009, 02:32 PM
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Happy 5th anniversary UMSF and special thanks to the whole admin team for all the work you put into it!

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post Feb 9 2009, 02:51 PM
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Many congratulations - and thanks - to Doug, for building this Babylon 5-like sanctuary of respect and civilised behaviour in the insane depths of cyberspace. I don't think any of us have even a hint of a clue about just how hard Doug works on this and how much of a pain in the **** it can be at times. I hope he thinks it's worth it, 'cos there's simply nowhere else like it on t'internet, and we'd all be absolutely lost without it now, wouldn't we?

And I agree, thanks to Helen, too; having a supportive partner makes a world of difference - I know 'cos I do, too.

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