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Posts: 434
From: Tucson, AZ USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 07-20-2006 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On this 37th anniversary of the first moon landing, we are happy to announce an exclusive custom signing of your mailed-in goods by Apollo 11's Michael Collins. Gen. Collins signs only for Novaspace. Deadline for submissions is Sept.1.

Rules, fees and order forms available at:

After our very successful Q&A with Jim McDivitt at our last signing, we're going to do it again. Submit your (thoughtful) questions for inclusion. The session will be includued in a CD.

Kim & Sally Poor

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Rob Joyner

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From: GA, USA
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 07-20-2006 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gen. Collins,
*Regarding your landscape artwork, do you paint outside from life, from photos or both?
*Regarding your aircraft paintings, do you ever create your own backgrounds or stay true to reference photos?
*Do you ever use other mediums besides watercolor?
*Do you have a desire to ever fly in space again?
*What were your first thoughts when it was confirmed Apollo 11 would be the first manned lunar landing mission?


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From: Lexington, MA, USA
Registered: Dec 2005

posted 07-21-2006 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freshspot   Click Here to Email freshspot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

When you were director of the National Air & Space Museum, did you ever climb into the Apollo 11 CM for old times sake? Ever invite Aldrin & Armstrong to join you?

Dave Scott
(not the astronaut)

paul prendergast

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From: crawley west sussex UK
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 07-21-2006 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1/ What was it like being in the Command module and being the only human alone in the universe.

2/ What did you think of the news when President Bush announced that Man would be walking on the moon again.

3/ Do you still speak to any of your old Astronaut buddys.

Paul Prendergast


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From: New York
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 07-22-2006 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
General Collins:
Was wondering if you ever regretted the decision not to take the back-up CDR assignment on Apollo 14, allowing you an opportunity to land on the Moon on Apollo 17?
Thank you very much.

Matt T

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From: Chester, Cheshire, UK
Registered: May 2001

posted 07-22-2006 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Matt T   Click Here to Email Matt T     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you ever regretted John Young's decision not to put the camera somewhere safe after he'd finished taking photos of your Gemini X spacewalk?




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posted 07-22-2006 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What was your favorite moment as Director of the Air and Space Museum?

Thank you, Garry


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From: Roma, Italy
Registered: Feb 2003

posted 07-24-2006 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for danpal   Click Here to Email danpal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr. Collins
what do you remember about your home (where you were born) in via Tevere n 16 in Rome ?

Thank you very much.
Paolo D'Angelo
Rome, Italy


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From: Midwest, USA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 07-24-2006 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1. In the event that the Eagle wasn't able to lift off from the lunar surface following the EVA, how long would Columbia have been allowed to stay in lunar orbit? Would the decision for the timing of the TEI burn been yours to make...or were there mission rules stating that you had to initiate TEI by a certain point, no matter what the status of the Eagle was? In other words, would you have been allowed to stay until the consumables reached critical levels?

2. The current plans to return to the moon have the command module being unmanned while crews visit the lunar surface. Do you have an opinion, either way, about the importance of leaving at least one person in lunar orbit...if for no other reason than to help troubleshoot rendezvous and docking problems?

3. What sight would you rank as being more beautiful...the Earth as seen from your Gemini X EVA or the lunar surface (and Earthrise) as seen from Columbia?

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From: Huntington Beach
Registered: Feb 2000

posted 07-24-2006 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to hear Mike describe his interest in art to some detail.

How did he get started painting?

Who are his favorite artists? Which artists works does he enjoy to view, which artists does he consider as inspirational to his work?

Does he have a favorite art museum, a favorite painting?

I just read about how he met Norman Rockwell. What memories does he have of that event? Does he have any other great memories of meeting other artists? Kim Poor, Alan Bean, Cece Bibby etc...

What does the future hold for Mike's painting? Is he looking at other mediums? Other subjects?

Okay, I think I have run the topic pretty far out now.

Kind Regards

Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!

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Posts: 208
From: Surrey, England
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 07-25-2006 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leslie   Click Here to Email leslie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two questions please:

1. Shortly afetr leaving earth orbit Buzz Aldrin saw "lights" and asked Commander Armstrong if he had seen it. The reply was "Yes, I saw hundreds".
These were, apparently, high velocity Z particles that can pass through solid mass. Did you experience this phenomena and if so, what was the sensation and were there after effects.
2. During the outward flight, having seen lights out of the CSM window, I believe Commander Armstrong asked Mission Control there whereabouts of the SL4B booster rocket.
Houston replied that it was
was 6,000 miles away. Was the original question a coded message reporting the possible sighting of a UFO?

Thank you
Leslie Cantwell


Posts: 507
From: Louisville CO US
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 07-26-2006 04:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Gen. Collins,

In your watercolors, two paintings that intrigue me are "Doggone" (poodle with the gator hiding in the bushes) and another whose title escapes me (It had the view of the garage through the windshield of an Impala type car.)

Was "Doggone" a real scene once observed on a quiet afternoon walk ? It seems to me to have multiple meanings, or am I reading too much into it ?

On the windshield view painting: If I relate similarly, a real feeling of warmth and security is gained by being home and seeing home through the windsheild. All is well ! In some way did you intend this to be a metaphor of looking back at home with the lesson that while a space view of earth is dramatic the view through the car is equally as profound ?

All the Best,

Amy K. Collins
Louisville, CO


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From: Tucson, AZ USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 07-27-2006 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike will be really pleased by all these art questions, thanks. More!
Kim Poor

Kevin Carrico

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From: Salina, Kansas, USA
Registered: May 2004

posted 07-28-2006 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevin Carrico   Click Here to Email Kevin Carrico     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the biggest fish that you have ever caught? Approximately, how much did it weigh? Where did you catch it?

New Member


posted 07-29-2006 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for drut   Click Here to Email drut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I missed you by a week when you made your AFF jump at Z-Hills. Did you ever make another skydive?


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From: PA
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 07-31-2006 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JasonIUP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Collins questions:

Why do you not sign your middle name?
Why do you not sign baseballs?
Why do you have such a disdainful view of autograph collectors, as detailed in "Carrying the Fire"?

New Member


posted 07-31-2006 07:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Crsh4Csh   Click Here to Email Crsh4Csh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gen Collins , if you had to pick one favorite french wine , what would it be ? thank you , Eddie Braun


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From: Tucson, AZ USA
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 07-31-2006 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Novaspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No more questions please. We won't be doing a Q&A or video at Collins request. Sorry.

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