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jiffyq58
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posted 04-18-2014 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by SpaceyInMN:
I'm preparing to send a photo to Alexey Leonov requesting his autograph.
Did you send your request to Leonov? If so, where did you find Russian stamps to send for the return shipment? I've still not had any success in finding a source.

SpaceyInMN
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posted 04-18-2014 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After talking with a couple co-workers who have mailed packages to Russia and heard about some of the problems they've encountered, I gave up for the time being. I think I may just try to find a decent signed Leonov photo for sale at some point, but mailing him something is on hold for the time being.

jiffyq58
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posted 04-18-2014 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've had good luck in getting signed photos returned from both Valentina Tereshkova and Valery Bykovsky (both inscribed to my son) in the past six months, so I'm inclined to give it a go with Leonov. If I can find a way to get some Russian stamps, that is.

Torsten
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posted 09-24-2014 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where do you get good quality pictures of the cosmonauts? I've done some research on the web and also in this board, but can't find a good source.

Right now I need a good pictures of Toktar Aubakirov (Soyuz TM-13). Can anybody please help me out?

jiffyq58
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posted 09-24-2014 08:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sometimes Wikipedia has some good high res photos if you look up a cosmonaut or astronaut by name or mission. You can also try SpaceFacts.de. I've found a few good photos that I couldn't find in high enough resolution elsewhere.

And sometimes I just Google search for "high resolution photos" of whatever person or mission I'm looking for. Most of what comes up is not high res, but sometimes you get lucky.

Tykeanaut
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posted 04-05-2015 01:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the address still valid? I'm thinking of trying to get Yelena Serova's autograph.

RichieB16
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posted 03-07-2016 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A little over a decade ago, I wrote to a handful of cosmonauts using the Star City address with some success. I would like to try and write to a few more but I am finding it difficult to fully understand the amount of postage to get it there. I understand that flown cosmonauts receive postage for such material so return postage is not needed. I just need to understand how much postage I need to use to get the letter there.

My plan is to use a 9x12 mailing envelope and to send a letter, return envelope, 5x7 photo or cover and probably a thin piece of cardboard for stiffness. Probably 2 ounces or so (but I will weigh it to be sure). Can someone help me with the amount of postage I need? Thanks.

Dave_Johnson
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posted 03-07-2016 06:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson   Click Here to Email Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The US Postal Service has an online calculator to help determine the cost of postage.

RichieB16
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posted 03-07-2016 07:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the link. That is a big help. One more question, it looks like if I use a 6x9 envelope I can send it as a first class letter and it would cost $2.43. That is totally worth it to me.

Now, do I need to get special international stamps or can I just use normal $0.49 forever stamps... just use 5 of them?

eurospace
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posted 03-08-2016 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For current cosmonauts involved in the International Space Station, you easily find portrait photos with NASA on their Flickr site.

For earlier MIR cosmonauts involved in the Shuttle-MIR programme, the former Human Space Flight site also has plenty of stuff.

NASA's GRIN site has a number of veteran cosmonauts of the early years. Hope this helps.

RichieB16
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Originally posted by RichieB16:
Now, do I need to get special international stamps or can I just use normal $0.49 forever stamps...
Does anyone know the answer to this? I assume I can just use normal stamps but I wanted to make sure.

Dave_Johnson
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posted 03-08-2016 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson   Click Here to Email Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, you can use however many regular postage stamps it takes to cover the cost of the international postage.

RichieB16
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posted 03-08-2016 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you everyone for all the helpful information!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-08-2016 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To be more precise, you don't need to get the Global Forever airmail stamps - all US postage issued, with the exception of specifically marked ones like "pre-sort" or "postage due," are valid for postage. I had a teacher who used to send us cards with numerous old and numerous one cent stamps to cover the current postage.

And there's at least one cS member who uses various space stamps including the 4 cent Mercury ones to send mail....

RichieB16
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posted 03-17-2016 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was in the process of sending a letter to Valeri Ryumin via Zvezdny Gordok and thought I might include an item on the off chance his wife Yelena Kondakova might be willing to sign something. Would it be improper to write to Mr. Ryumin and request an autograph and include a request for his wife to sign something as well?

I don't want to seem rude or anything and I have no idea if either tend to sign or not. Do you think including an item for Kondakova to sign would alter my chances of a response?

Neil DC
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posted 04-16-2016 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those willing to take a chance and enclose a dollar bill instead of stamps to Russia, in return for autographs, it worth noting that Russians prefer clean unmarked notes.

As someone who has been many time to Moscow, I can say that if you pay for something in dollars, there they much prefer new notes. If they try and take old and marked bills to exchange or bank, it is likely that they will be refused.

One or two dollar bills are worth the risk. Much more is not and one should make sure that any currency is not easily discernible through a letter. Perhaps include a piece of card too.


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