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AJ
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posted 10-07-2011 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I could wait until someone from the Novaspace gang makes the official announcement, but patience was never a strong suit! I noticed on the Astronaut Central website that Mark Kelly will be doing a signing on December 15.

Any details? Is this a book signing (as I hear the book is coming out soon)? An open event like some previous book signings?

alanh_7
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posted 10-07-2011 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you click on Mark Kelly's name on the Astronaut Central Page, the terms and signing fees will come up.

Spacefest
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posted 10-07-2011 09:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, we're a little behind in getting all the paperwork ready. Rules, fees and order form are finished. We're still working on photos for sale.

The book will be out 11/15 (be sure to watch the Diane Sawyer interview) but there will be no book signing tour. Mark will sign a few for us. We're going give them – while they last – to buyers over $300.

NovaRob
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posted 10-07-2011 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unsigned photos can now be seen here.

NovaRob
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posted 10-12-2011 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NovaRob   Click Here to Email NovaRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've also added some art prints and posters to the Unsigned Photos And Art page.

Spacefest
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posted 11-18-2011 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
December 8 is the deadline.

xlsteve
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posted 11-22-2011 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm participating, and looking forward to it.

Spacefest
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posted 11-29-2011 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly will be here Dec. 5 (Monday) and is going to sign what we have received by then, as he has to come to Tucson anyway for some business.

He is going to return Jan. 6 and do the rest.

Spacefest
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posted 12-08-2011 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly was here Monday and signed for a few hours. He did the same Tuesday.

He'll be by again the first week of January to sign anything else that's come in by then. Deadline for that signing is Jan. 2

AJ
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posted 12-08-2011 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AJ   Click Here to Email AJ     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooh thank you for this great news! Because of the holidays and all, I didn't get my order in on time, which I was bummed about. So now I have a chance! Hip hip hurray!

Spacefest
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posted 12-10-2011 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That reminds me, the holidays really slow down delivery times and pickup schedules, so get your orders here as soon as possible.

Deadline in three weeks!

Spacefest
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posted 12-18-2011 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two more NASA posters just in of Mark Kelly's last two flights, STS-124 and 134. Nice movie-style, color, Space Flight Awareness posters, giclee-printed, 18x24.

Deadline for part two of Kelly signing: Jan. 2!

Spacefest
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posted 12-27-2011 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark Kelly deadline one week away (Jan 2). Order form here.

xlsteve
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posted 12-28-2011 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received mine from the first signing, and it looks great!

MrSpace86
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posted 11-13-2014 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will Mark Kelly ever do another signing? We approaching four years

mjanovec
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posted 11-13-2014 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While the decision is up to Astronaut Central (aka Novaspace), I don't see there being a big demand for his signature at the moment. He is no longer front and center in the news, as he once was. Granted, a certain level of demand will always exist for his signature, but I think it has tapered off somewhat since 2011.

Indeed, a bigger demand may soon exist for Scott Kelly's signature, once he becomes the first American to spend over a year in orbit. (Mark Kelly will play a role in that effort too, as a "control" for any medical testing that is done on his brother, but Scott is likely to get the greater amount of attention.)

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 11-13-2014 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Except, as an active NASA astronaut (and government employee), could Scott Kelly take part in a paid signing? I think not.

Mike_The_First
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posted 11-14-2014 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think there would be ways around it — earmarking the money for a licensed 501(c)3 charity, for example.

I don't know the laws, but it would make sense that he'd be fine as long as he doesn't actually profit off it.

If money changing hands over his signature in general is the issue, then no active astronaut would ever be able to sign anything for fear that it be sold.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-14-2014 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All federal employees, astronauts included, are prohibited by law to use their position to monetarily benefit themselves or others, including charities.

Active NASA astronauts can only sign autographs for free, regardless of the circumstances.

Mike_The_First
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posted 11-14-2014 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike_The_First   Click Here to Email Mike_The_First     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In thinking about it, it makes sense. Ethics issues of profit aside, publicly supporting a charity by virtue of being a government employee could appear to be a show of government endorsement.

It does raise questions for me, though, when it comes to questions of charities that actually are endorsed by the government. Such rules don't seem appropriate in those cases, but, I suppose that, in terms of laws, it'd be tough to distinguish.

MrSpace86
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posted 11-17-2014 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does Mark Kelly sign through the mail?

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