Q. When should everyone plan to arrive and depart?
Q. Are Thursday the 21st and Monday the 25th "travel days" or are there conference events on those days too?
Q. What if I cant make it for the entire conference?
Q. Are there any advantages to arriving early?
Many people have unyielding weekday commitments and have to consider travel options carefully, making some tradeoffs on deciding when to arrive or depart. Some cannot arrive until late on Friday, others not until Saturday morning. Many must leave first thing Monday morning. Nonetheless we have a lot of programming to present. ISDC 98 programming proper begins 9 am Friday morning and will end at 1 or 2pm on Monday afternoon.
Thursday is designed as a travel day BUT we will have things for early arrivals to do. We may have some day-long and afternoon tours available, but no programming proper. Tours - keep in mind that SE Wisconsin has no must-see first class space attractions. Those driving may want to make stops or detours at the Crown Space Center in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago 90 miles to the south, the Mir core module exhibit in Wisconsin Dells 115 miles WNW of the city, or the EAA Experimental Aircraft Museum in Oshkosh 80 miles NNW. For information on these and other Enroute Attractions. Of these, only an EAA museum coach tour seems practical to us at this point, but no decision has been made to offer it as of 12/13/97. There will likely be a city tour or two.
The ISDC Services Desk will have lots of information on do-it-yourself tours of interest to various people. Milwaukee is a marvelous city and our hotel is right downtown in the middle of everything. The museum triplex (Milwaukee Public Museum rated #5 nationally and #1 in exhibits, James A. Lovell Discovery World, and the IMAX Dome Theater) is just 3 blocks to the west. The famed Mitchell Park Domes, a trio of bioshphere like climate controlled temperate, arid, and subtropical ecosystems is just two miles west and south. There are other museums, art galleries, the government bookstore, lots of first class shopping (Grand Avenue Mall, two blocks via SkyWalk) and a zillion dining choices within a few blocks, plus night spots galore. You will have no trouble filling extra time on Thursday enjoyably. Unfortunately, Milwaukee being a snowbelt city, the River Walk just two blocks away doesnt come alive until River Splash, the weekend following. Bummer!
For you landlocked people, Milwaukee is a major Great Lakes seaport and the Lake Michigan shore, a walkable two miles east, is worth a visit (Milwaukee Art Museum, Betty Brins Childrens Museum, the Schooner Project, Pieces of Eight Restaurant). The opposite shore (in Michigan) is 85 miles away, and no, you cant see it from this side. But you wont mind. Too many sails, lake freighters, whitecaps and seagulls in the foreground. City bus tickets (and maps) available at the ISDC Services Desk (ticket or $1.35 exact fare needed, transfers good on any bus, any line for next hour plus).
Back to Thursday. The Exhibit room will be open at 2pm, but only for those setting up. It may open to the public briefly later in the evening. Thursday evening: beginning at 6 pm, we will have a casual mixer program.. There will be a meeting of the Wisconsin Space Business Roundtable, an awards ceremony for winners of student essay, fiction, and art category competitions, and a reception snack or buffet, possibly with a cash bar, and hopefully with some VIPs (to be announced later). The video room should be open. Getting to meet others, discuss mutual interests and possible joint projects, is the very soul of the NSS ISDC experience and at ISDC 98 we are doing everything to maximize this aspect. The great programming is but the body.
Come early, and youll find it rewarding. Otherwise come when you can and stay as late as you can. Even if you were to miss half, we promise you the rest will be worth the effort, time, and money. If youre able to be on hand from start to finish, there will be a LOT going on at ISDC. So bring along a half dozen clones and debrief them slowly, to avoid info overload. Well cover Space from all angles and hope to speak to your own personal interests well enough to keep your cerebral cortex busy. Arrive rested if possible. If this is your first ISDC, you are in for a big shot in the arm and will want to come to future ISDCs whenever, and as often as your other commitments can possibly be shoved aside.
This information is provided to help you decide what outer
clothing to pack.
Mean High Temperatures (Day) upper 60s (usual range 50°-85°)
Cooler near the Lake includes downtown Milwaukee (likeliest range 55°-75°)
Mean Low Temperatures (Night) upper 40s (usual range 40°-55°)
Average rain probability 0.9 inch any given day
Chance of Clear or Partly Clear Skies, any given day, 56%
Chance of wholly Overcast Skies, any given day, 44%
We have placed an order for "sunny skies, low to mid 70s".