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Mike Z
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From: Ellicott City, Maryland
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 06-14-2009 01:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been wondering if other collectors collect like I do for each mission. I first get the mission patch, pin, decal, crew photo. I send a couple crew photos off to a couple astronauts to get signed from the crew hoping one will reply.

I like to tape the missions on VHS. I like VHS because the are up to 9 hours. I record the prelaunch briefings and mission overviews. I record the launch day coverage. Suit up, walk out, ingress, launch and replays.

I like to get the photo op of their prelaunch meal. (It feels like the start of the mission) I love when they show the in-cabin launch view. (I have not seen the meal or the in cabin views the last several launches.) I also tape the flight day highlights, the EVAs and in flight crew press conferences, landing day and crew walk around.

The one thing I love is the crew presentation. It's great hearing about the mission in the astronauts' own words as they describe the mission highlights.

STS-125 was extra good with Mike Massimino's commentary. He was a pleasure to listen to. NASA should take advantage if his talents.

Thank you for reading this! I hope it's not too long.

Lou Chinal
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From: Staten Island, NY
Registered: Jun 2007

posted 06-14-2009 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like your pretty busy during a flight. You're right about Massimino being a great communicator and NASA should take advantage of him. He had me mesmerized during STS-125, and I'm 60 years old. When they go before Congress asking for a budget increase, let him do the talking.

Robert Pearlman
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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 06-14-2009 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mike Z:
I have been wondering if other collectors collect like I do for each mission.
I do something similar (without the video), which grew out of casually picking up items as I covered missions for collectSPACE. I have file drawers in my office -- one set aside for each flight I've covered since the aftermath of STS-107 -- in which I organize everything from press kits to crew lithos to pins, patches, decals and medallions.

Each shuttle mission has its own unique items depending on what or who it was launching. Some have international memorabilia, created by ESA, JAXA or CSA in celebration of a crew member's or payload's flight. Others have items produced by NASA's contractors in connection with the role they play. And then there are the NASA Spaceflight Awareness products, such as NASA ribbons, flags and posters.

I've produced a spreadsheet tracking the type of items distributed for each mission, based on what is in each of the drawers. Ultimately, all of it is going to contribute to a feature article and photo layout for the end of the space shuttle program.

KSCartist
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From: Titusville, FL USA
Registered: Feb 2005

posted 06-14-2009 03:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to do the same thing with each shuttle mission - but I couldn't maintain it. Between work, the Young Astronaut Program and painting it got to be too much.

I eventually sold my VHS tapes and donated most of my scrapbooks to the SWOF.

I admire you for the dedication you put into the project. You will eventually have to transfer onto DVD though.

cspg
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From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 06-14-2009 04:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lou Chinal:
You're right about Massimino being a great communicator and NASA should take advantage of him.
Is he the one holding the camera for the Flight Day's highlight? Hopefully not because whoever was filming did a very, very poor job (you don't provide answers to your questions in your own questions!) and the embarrassed looks on Megan McArthur and another astronaut were truly embarrassing.

All times are CT (US)

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