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desirina
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posted 02-07-2003 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for desirina   Click Here to Email desirina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could someone please let me know what I would need to do in order to receive autographed photos of European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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posted 02-07-2003 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have the address readily available, hopefully someone can add it here. Simply write them a letter asking for signed photos, and they will send you a batch of the post card sized ones, signed.

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posted 02-08-2003 04:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edward Horsley   Click Here to Email Edward Horsley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here you go:
European Space Agency
European Astronaut Centre
P.O. Box 90 60 96
D-51127 Koln
Germany
I requested my set of 16 autographs through their website, it took about 4 weeks for their reply. They sent 3 by 5" postcards.

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posted 02-08-2003 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a place on the ESA website specifically to order these? Or did you just request them via the "Contact Us" e-mail? I looked on the ESA website and couldn't find anything.

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posted 02-09-2003 06:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edward Horsley   Click Here to Email Edward Horsley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I requested them through their "contact us" section. They send out those pictures you see on the site, mostly signed in liquid gel pens in gold and silver, Ulf Merbold in black.

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posted 02-09-2003 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for uzzi69   Click Here to Email uzzi69     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made a request, so we'll see what happens.

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posted 02-20-2003 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichieB16   Click Here to Email RichieB16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simply send an e-mail using the address on their site and ask for a set of autographs and it worked? It seems to good to be true! Am I understanding correctly (if so I would like to try)?

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posted 02-20-2003 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edward Horsley   Click Here to Email Edward Horsley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Correct, just type away.

There's been some delay in others getting replies since Christmas. Maybe a huge backlog. Others have had successes by this way.

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posted 08-05-2009 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does the European Space Agency (ESA) send out autographs for their astronauts if you ask for them?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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posted 08-05-2009 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The answer is yes, in principle. Further details see further up.

In the meantime, however, first examples of autopen signatures have emerged. Namely for Eyharts and Reiter.

Also, some of the veteran astronauts are no longer permanently based at Cologne. For some of them, delays for answering might be considerable. Others (Haigneré, Haigneré, Clervoy, Merbold, Ockels, Messerschmid) might be better reachable through their current business or home address.

For the new astronaut candidates, only time will tell. Gerst, Cristoforetti, Parmitano, Peake are reported to have responded favourably to request, from their current locations. All will report to Cologne in September only.

Hope this helps. Somehow.

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posted 12-15-2009 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Winans   Click Here to Email Bill Winans     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is it still possible to request ESA astronaut autographs via website or email? I can't find a 'contact' button on the website or an email there today.

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posted 12-17-2009 03:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've just sent them an e-mail. I now await their response.

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posted 01-07-2010 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received six 6x4 colour postcard photos today, pretty quick response! (Thiele, Fuglesang, Clervoy, Nespoli, Merbold and Ewald.) I reckon they are autopens though.

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posted 01-07-2010 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
I reckon they are autopens though.

Thus far, I have only seen autopens from Reiter and Eyharts. Wanna share your examples?

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posted 01-08-2010 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry, not set-up for scans so can't oblige with images.

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posted 11-10-2011 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you address your request it to the astronaut you want to write to?

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posted 11-11-2011 05:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it helps tremendously to mention the name of the astronaut you want an autograph from...

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posted 11-14-2011 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacefan JC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Emailed last week (very politely by the way) and got a reply. So it still works. Asked for a personalisation from Tim Peake for my daughter. The personalisation might be a long shot? He should have flown by the time she's old enough to appreciate it! Oh, and Paolo of course!

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posted 02-08-2012 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent a request to ESA's Thomas Reiter, addressed to the known EAC post box in Cologne, Germany. After a couple of days it came back in my return envelope with a "ESOC Post Office" stamp on it, no autograph, no comment.

Anyone ever got a custom autograph from Mr. Reiter? Isn't the EAC the address to send it?

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posted 02-09-2012 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LeviM   Click Here to Email LeviM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E-mailed three weeks ago to ESA, requesting Christer Fuglesang's autograph. Haven't gotten an answer yet.

The problem is that I want to send a photo to him to be signed as I don't like these portrait photographs they usually sign on. But it seems pretty hard to accomplish.

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posted 02-10-2012 04:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Torsten:
Anyone ever got a custom autograph from Mr. Reiter?
You need to know that Reiter is no longer an active astronaut. Thus, requests sent to the EAC usually get an autopen signature (one of two ESA astronauts only to use the machine).

If you write to his current office at Darmstadt, you should get a nice and authentic reply.

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posted 02-10-2012 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by LeviM:
E-mailed three weeks ago to ESA, requesting Christer Fuglesang's autograph. Haven't gotten an answer yet.
Fuglesang is no longer an active astronaut. That might explain why your request might be waiting for him there until the moment he happens to pass by.

If you want a quicker reply, write to his current position at ESTEC Noordwijk. I've had a very quick reply from there within a week.

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posted 02-10-2012 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your response, Jürgen. I believe, that EAC has forwarded it to Darmstadt, as there was this ESOC Post Office stamp on it?

Well, guess I'll just send it direct to Darmstadt and see that happens...

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posted 02-10-2012 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is quite possible, Torsten. When I tried him directly at Darmstadt (successfully), this was shortly after him starting to work there. Maybe he had not gotten much mail there yet, while now he's already being overwhelmed by mail forwarded to him from Cologne. Just try it out...

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posted 03-29-2012 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Update: After I sent my request direct to Darmstadt, it worked out fine. Got a nice personalized autograph on the picture I send.

Mr. Reiter has always been one of the most sympathetic astronauts to me. I'm happy that this was just a fault by the post office in Cologne...

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posted 08-10-2012 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a response from Clervoy, through the email form at his business address.

He sent me an inscribed, about 4x6 photo. Interestingly, the envelope was postmarked Turkey, not France - because Clervoy sent it while he was visiting Space Camp Turkey.

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posted 09-20-2013 06:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A request to Ulf Merbold resulted in a preprinted card. Fast response, though, less than a month.

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I sent a e-mail to the ESA over a week ago asking for active astronauts including one that is currently on the ISS and Roberto Vittori and they have not replied yet. Any suggestions?

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posted 09-21-2013 03:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mean you wanted an e-mail with an attached scan of an autographed card as reply?

You might want to take into account that letters between Europe and the US take a week or ten days, always provided they respond immediately and don't have more urgent duties to attend.

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posted 09-21-2013 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just sent an email to the Contact Us address on the European Astronaut Center and also provided my postal address. We'll see what happens!

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Originally posted by eurospace:
You mean you wanted an e-mail with an attached scan of an autographed card as reply?
No. I sent them a letter with my address. Do they usually respond or do they just send the autographs?

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posted 09-21-2013 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They usually respond by sending signed postcards. But certainly not within three days.

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posted 09-21-2013 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
A request to Ulf Merbold resulted in a preprinted card.
No surprise. Merbold is retired and no longer at EAC. If you want the real thing, you better use his private address.

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posted 10-03-2013 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent an email to the ESA European Astronaut Center on 21 September 2013 and received the astronaut pack of like 15-20 autographed 5x7 cards of current ESA astronauts yesterday (02 October 2013).

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posted 10-22-2013 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Torsten   Click Here to Email Torsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After requesting autographs at the EAC I got a nice reply within three days with several portraits. Some of which are not the real thing, but some that seems to be.
  • Ulf Merbold: Preprinted black autograph, I found many exact copies. Some of which contain a second (original) autograph.
  • Leonhard Eyharts: Silver ink, autopen, I found a lot of autographs with the very same pattern.
  • Hans Schlegel: Silver ink, unsure. Pattern not found.
  • Ernst Messerschmid: Bold blue pen, seems to be authentic.
  • Samantha Cristoforetti: Silver ink, seem to be authentic. Pattern not found.
  • Claude Nicollier: Bold black pen, seem to be authentic. Pattern not found.
  • Christer Fuglesang: Bold black pen, very compressed. Seems to be authentic.
  • Alexander Gerst: Silver ink. Found a lot of different patterns. Seems to be authentic.
eurospace: Who do you think is the second one to use autopens?

All in all a very good service by the EAC.

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What is the ESA Astronaut request e-mail? I sent one to the photo office but never got a response and it has been about a month.

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I found that you don't get any response, they just send you the photos. I sent a thank you via the same email address and didn't get any response, which is okay. I takes about a month to get the parcel. Usually I forget about it and then it's in the mail.

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posted 10-22-2013 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Torsten:
Some of which are not the real thing, but some that seems to be.
Now that you said something to the effect that the silver autographs may be autopen, I'll have to take a look and compare them with the other ones in the pack. I've never seen a silver autopen, I automatically took it as "authentic." Thanks again!

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posted 04-16-2014 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If anybody wants to compare and give an opinion, this is the card I picked up of Schlegel.

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posted 06-13-2014 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a photo card today from Fuglesang, request sent out in September 2013, received back 13 June 2014. It's signed in black marker - so I think this is more authentic than the ones signed in gold pen.


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