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mark f
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posted 09-04-2002 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark f   Click Here to Email mark f     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any tips for trying to get autographs from the Russians on NASA flights? I have been trying for a few years as each crew is announced but only have received a couple of Sergei Krikalev autopenned pics.

eurospace
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posted 09-05-2002 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel that successes with the Russians while they are at Houston are sketchy at best. Some of them (Tokarev, Morukov) haven't sent out anything either.

The best strategy for me would be to get the unsigned litho or glossy and send it to Star City. This will take time, but the long term successes there are good. I printed myself a few of the digital files available on the HSF website and sent them to Russia.

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posted 12-03-2002 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gobbledock   Click Here to Email gobbledock     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This page on collectSPACE about writing cosmonauts gives the following address:
Name of Cosmonaut
Lyotchik Cosmonavt
Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre
141 160 Zvezdny Gorodok
Moskovskoi Oblasti
Potcha Lyotchikov Kosmonavtov
Russia - C.I.S.

eurospace
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posted 12-03-2002 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is the official address for Russian cosmonauts at Star City, their training centre. Indeed their services are very reliable, albeit a bit slow.

Still, the willingness of modern cosmonauts to sign is the main criteria for success. Some of them who grew up under the old system, but still fly today, keep considering it an honor to be asked - think of Kaleri, Zalyotin, Poleshchuk, A. Solovyov, Afanasyev, Ryumin, Usachyov, Polyakov, Onufriyenko, to name a few.

Others, however, more influenced by the current mood at JSC, never respond. I have yet to receive a favourable reply from Tokarev, Treshchev, Sharipov, for instance.

Others again are intermediate - Krikalyov has always been notoriously bad through the mail - the guy's just to busy flying, I thought, but it hasn't become better since he settled down after his ISS stint. Still, in the past, he eventually got back to his mail, even if it was after 5 years ... and it might be we just have to be patient with some of the others too. Eventually, they will come around...

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posted 08-22-2011 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for scrpien   Click Here to Email scrpien     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any info on whether Yuri Malenchenko signs and if so how could I get something signed by him? Thanks for any response.

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eurospace
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posted 09-01-2011 09:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Malenchenko used to be a good and generous signer at the beginning of his career, but I have not heard about TTM successes since he got married on ISS.

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posted 09-01-2011 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for scrpien   Click Here to Email scrpien     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, do you think I should take my chances through the Star City address?

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posted 09-12-2011 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I usually tell collectors when sending for cosmonaut autographs, be patient. I received back requests back 5 years after mailing. Keep track of the mailings for informational purposes for this group. Lately, the requests have had stamps on them. I usually send to the Star City address.

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posted 09-12-2011 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by scrpien:
Do you think I should take my chances through the Star City address?
Of course. Just don't send something you can't afford to lose. Which, is the rule of thumb in all instances anyway.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 12-23-2012 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got some nice returns (and here) from Star City, sent out July 28, received this weekend — about 4X6 photos signed by Onufrienko; Sharipov; Lonchakov; Malenchenko; Dezhurov; Padalka; Treschev; Soloyev (ink didn't adhere, will have to re-write) — and best of all, Kornienko, who will do the yearlong flight with Scott Kelly.

Like a pack of baseball cards, Kornienko was at the bottom of the stack.

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posted 12-25-2012 10:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anybody received an autograph request back from Alexi Leonov recently? It has been years since my last success with him. I sent the request to the bank he is affiliated with.

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posted 01-05-2013 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John - yes, heard from Leonov late last year, after a couple of weeks of wait only. I think the stamped and addressed return envelope I joined helped.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-25-2013 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sergei Volkov, a photo I sent him (taken at his appearance at the UN in NYC), received today. Thought I had it written when I sent it out, might have been around June or July.

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posted 01-26-2013 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a Yuri Malenchenko item signed back last week. Was sent to Star City.

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posted 01-26-2013 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dirk did you send Malenchenko a photo or did you request one?

Dirk
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posted 01-27-2013 05:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I asked for one.

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posted 01-27-2013 06:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And sorry last question, did you write your letter of request in English or Russian? I am thinking English seeing how many times he has been aboard the ISS.

Thanks a lot!

Dirk
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posted 01-27-2013 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I always send my letter in 2 languages: English and Russian.

Mike Z
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posted 03-04-2013 11:23 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 collecting space since my 7th birthday, 5 May 1961. The day Alan Shepard launched in his Freedom 7, my 7th birthday. I have been writing to astronauts and cosmonauts since 1983.

I always had great luck when the cosmonauts were in the Soviet Union. After the break up of the Soviet Union it changed. I have only had a couple replies.

Is it better addressing the envelope in Russian Cyrillic or English as the address appears on collectSPACE?

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posted 03-04-2013 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a man who has spent a long time in Russia, I know it is always considered impressive when a foreigner can write in Cyrillic. If I was aiming for a reply to a letter, I would go out of my way to write in Cyrillic.

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posted 09-18-2013 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it recommended to send out your own photo or do they send it like at JSC?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 09-18-2013 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They send out their own photos, although I did sent Sergei Volkov a photo I had taken of him. They're about 4x6 sized.

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posted 09-19-2013 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote to Yuri Malenchenko and Oleg Kononenko at the start of 2013. Then in July I received 2 envelopes on the same day from Star City. Both Yuri and Oleg signed their official Sokol space suit portraits on a 4x6 photo. I sent 5EURO along with my LOR because I heard it will increase your chances of getting a return, and it clearly did for me!

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posted 09-19-2013 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How does adding 5 euro help with the chance of getting a reply? Also, how long does it usually take for Alexey Leonov to reply? Thanks.

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posted 09-20-2013 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard from experienced collectors that including Russian roubles will increase your chances of getting a return. Obviously there are no roubles in Ireland so I just sent 5 euro.

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posted 09-20-2013 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Leonov cleaned his desk last year. I received several of my photos signed back. I did only included International Reply Coupons. Think he only responds once every 4-5 years...

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posted 09-20-2013 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my experience, adding cash money rather increases the chance of getting your letter stolen within Russian postal services.

Where you need to join return postage, better buy Russian stamps and add a SASE, just like everywhere else.

Alexei Leonov, by the way, replies rather quickly from his business address. The standard Star City address takes much, much longer.

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posted 09-20-2013 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the business address?

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posted 09-20-2013 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For various reasons, we do not allow the sharing of addresses on collectSPACE — unless the astronaut or cosmonaut has provided explicit permission for it to be shared.

To my knowledge, Leonov does not advertise or desire autograph requests through the mail, even though he may respond to those he receives.

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posted 09-20-2013 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How many months does it take from Star City? Thanks.

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posted 09-20-2013 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Months? Years. Seven, eight.

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posted 09-21-2013 04:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone ever had any success with Roman Romanenko?

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posted 09-21-2013 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes. Easy unless he's in space.

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posted 12-27-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Christmas school holidays provide me with a chance to write some letters. I don't think I've written one since July.

How about Pavel Vinogradov and Fyodor Yurchikin?

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posted 12-28-2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vinogradov is a good signer. You need to send him something to be signed.

Yurchikin has been signing after his very first spaceflight on the shuttle, but nothing has come forward since. I think he's just too busy flying into space again and again to waste time on his mail.

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posted 01-10-2014 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceyInMN   Click Here to Email SpaceyInMN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm preparing to send a photo to Alexey Leonov requesting his autograph. I have a co-worker who can help me with translation and Cyrillic. The problem is, I realized I don't know how to go about asking. I've sent letters to American astronauts, but I understand the American culture, of course.

Does anyone out there have any advice on how to address a Russian cosmonaut, as far as the general content and tone of the letter? I really don't know if he would prefer just a straight-forward request for an autograph, or if I should try to include any content to personalize the letter, as I typically do when I send a request to an American.

Thoughts, ideas, and advice are appreciated!

Lev M
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I don't think you need to overcomplicate things here. Just show your respect to him and his role. And ask if he can sign your photo. Simple and honest request should work.

If you are going to provide your picture to get signed (and I believe you are) I would recommend to put a yellow sticky note with approximate words you'd like to get.

Also do not expect your photo back very soon because the Russian postal service is not fast these days.

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posted 01-10-2014 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Be plain, honest and well informed. In other words:
  • say three words about who you are and what your collection means to you.
  • say three words about Leonov's career and achievements and why you adore him
  • Kindly ask for an autograph.
  • Better join the item you want signed. Russian cosmonauts rarely have photos etc. to send out for free.
  • Use the correct address, and join a self addressed stamped envelope (Russian stamps!).
  • While it is very polite to write to him in Russian, Leonov speaks passably English. After all, he was the first to make a joint mission with the Americans (ASTP in 1975), so he has a fairly good working knowledge.
Leonov and the old generation of cosmonauts do usually not inscribe to anyone (Kubasov being an exception).

Good luck!

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posted 01-10-2014 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jiffyq58   Click Here to Email jiffyq58     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm still looking for a good source to buy Russian stamps. Anyone know of one?

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Originally posted by jiffyq58:
I'm still looking for a good source to buy Russian stamps.
I buy mine here, but perhaps a seller in Germany is not the most practical solution for our American friends.


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