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Fezman92
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posted 01-20-2011 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few years ago, I went to Ames Space Center and at the gift shop I picked up a little blue card with a pin that had pilots wings that said "Astronaut" underneath them.

The card on one side said "Astronaut Space Club membership card." Underneath that, it said:

Participating in mechanical space rides or movies that create the sensation of space flights is an excellent way to check tolerance for space travel. Future space travel will include all ages. The person whose signature appears below is an honorary member of the club.
On the other side it says "United States of America", the pin logo and underneath that:
The above design, showing the Astronaut wings in miniature has an approved Copyright on file at the Library of Congress. Prior to each space mission since 1988 the Club has provided a lapel pin for each member to give to a person of their choice to wear during the mission. Wear this pin to demonstrate your interest and support of NASA, Military and Commercial space missions. Copyright 1984, Astronaut Space Club
I haven't been able to find anything on it. Mine is used, with my signature on the line. It is wrinkled and shows signs of age. I plan to laminate it when I get a chance.

Can I get help with more information about this? Thanks!

KLoder1985
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posted 10-24-2012 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KLoder1985   Click Here to Email KLoder1985     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I work at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, and we used to carry Astronaut Space Club pins, certificates and cups.

The gentleman who ran the club, Don Thomas, was a retired US Air Force Major. He did say he sent pins and certificates to all astronauts before their flights. NASA sent him crew photos.

I haven't seen Don for a few years, but he did live in San Diego. Not sure if this helps, but you brought back a few nice memories for me!

BMckay
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posted 10-24-2012 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got one as well. It came from a former astronaut. Kind of cool...

Fezman92
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posted 10-24-2012 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is cool. I was kind of interested to see that it was still for sale at a NASA gift shop 20 odd some years after it was made. I guess they didn't get a lot of visitors in those past years.

JBoe
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posted 03-02-2014 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if this club is still in existence. If so, what are the requirements to join? I really like the meaning behind the organization as well as the pin associated with it.

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