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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-24-2005 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seen on the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's website today:
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The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is proud to debut the 2006 Astronaut Autograph Club™ featuring U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame honorees.

Join today and you (or the person whom you designate) will receive a letter from such notable astronauts as Sally Ride, James Lovell, Gene Cernan and Story Musgrave! In total, 12 Hall of Fame astronauts will send AAC members personalized letters and authentically-autographed photographs.

You will also receive a handsome box with archival sleeves to protect, store, and display your growing collection of astronaut photos and correspondences. All members receive two Maximum Access tickets to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, including the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Participating Astronauts in 2006 include:

  • Joseph Allen, (STS-5, STS-51A)
  • Eugene Cernan (Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 17)
  • Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7)
  • Ed Gibson (Skylab 3)
  • Joe Kerwin (Skylab 1)
  • Jim Lovell (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13)
  • Bruce McCandless (STS-41B, STS-31)
  • Story Musgrave (STS-6, STS-51F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80)
  • Sally Ride (STS-7, STS-41G)
  • Kathryn Sullivan (STS-41G, STS-31, STS-45)
  • & two additional Hall of Fame Astronauts!

The Club is limited to just 350 members.

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posted 10-24-2005 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What types of photos are usually signed and sent to club members? Portraits (new or old)? Photos taken from missions? Something else?

Just wondering...

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posted 10-24-2005 04:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photographs are always action shots taken during their historic missions or training. Quite often they are of lesser seen scenes culled from the Johnson Space Center archive.

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posted 10-25-2005 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never been disappointed with anything received from the 2005 AAC and was more than happy to sign up for the 2006 AAC before most of the above-named astronauts were even mentioned. Please remember that the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a charitable concern and that the astronauts receive NO FEES for their signatures/time and do this merely to help the ASF raise funds for future scholarships.

C'Mon folks... DIG DEEP!!

Best regards, Derek

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posted 10-27-2005 01:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cameron Stark   Click Here to Email Cameron Stark     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Derek. I've been very pleased with AAC photographs. They come well packaged, and in a protective cover, with an archival storage box. Not all are action shots (Fred Haise this year, for example), but with guaranteed authenticity and a good cause, it's hard to argue with it as an idea.

2004 and 2005 each included two moonwalkers, so with a bit of luck the ASF will manage that again as well!

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I have been a member since 2004 and this is just a fantasic set of photos and signatures that will only increase in value.

Also a very worthy cause.

I am well pleased with the staff, excellent shipping and they make a great collection.

Woody

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posted 12-22-2005 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received the first photo of the 2006 collection, Walt Cunningham Apollo 7.
A great photo to start off the new collection.


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posted 12-22-2005 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well Paul, you beat me to the punch . My package from the ASF arrived today also and to say I'm happy is an understatement. The astronauts who give their time to sign the photographs and write the letters for the AAC are to be commended... as are Linn, Grace and the rest of the ASF team.

All I have to say is roll-on February to December 2006!

Merry Christmas to one and all. Regards, Derek

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posted 01-03-2006 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark Zimmer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would sure be nice if the two unannounced astronauts would be some of the more elusive characters like Michael Collins or John Young....

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posted 01-03-2006 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about Bill Anders??

I also urge everyone to consider this worthy endeavor from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. They give $10,000 scholarships annually to 17 students in engineering or science.The students they have helped in the past have been an impressive bunch, many of whom have gone on to responsible positions in NASA or industry.

The U.S. is graduating fewer and fewer engineers while China and other countries are graduating more.

The ASF is doing something about this problem in a positive way (and the autographed photos are really neat!).

David

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One of the additional astronauts that were not named but has since been added (according to ASF) is Fred Gregory.

It would be nice if it is crew walk out photo when they are all wearing bald caps in honor of Story.

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Just received the second part of the collection, it was Fred Gregory (STS-51B, STS-33, STS-44). The photo is of him in a NASA coverall.

Looks like the collection will be an added bonus.

Best
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Jusat received the latest edition from the club, it was Joe Allen (STS-5, STS-51A). The shot is him working in space, a really great shot, another great edition to the collection.

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posted 03-31-2006 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received April's: Bruce McCandless, another nice signed piece.

Paul

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posted 03-31-2006 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine on Tuesday... very nice SP with mission info added on a very uncommon photograph. You can't top the AAC for value... just a pity more folks don't snap up the memberships; after all, it is for a most worthy cause.

Rgds, Derek

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Yes, I couldn't have picked Bruce McCandless out in a crowd - too used to the MMU shot!

Any word on who the final astronaut is this year? It might not bode well for the future if the ASF are having trouble finding a last contributor.

It's clear from the price of autographs on the market that many collectors don't value Shuttle astronaut autographs as highly as earlier programmes (combination of availabilty, number and recency?). I feel this will change a bit when the Shuttle fleet is retired. It might be difficult to sell another year of the programme, however, as the balance shifts towards Shuttle astronauts.

I agree that it's odd that it doesn't sell out. What price guaranteed authenticity, and the money going to a good cause?

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posted 04-04-2006 05:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leslie   Click Here to Email leslie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree, the value is excellent and the cause worthy! I am in my second year of membership and appreciate the quality of the pictures whenever they arrive.

Yes, the big guns (Young & Collins) would be a bonus but I would prefer Anders & Co who just don't sign these days. Now, that type of picture would surely attract more members (not to denegrate any current participants).

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posted 05-05-2006 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received mine at home. A great picture of Sally Ride.

Paul

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posted 05-23-2006 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like Charlie Bolden is the final astronaut. A great choice.

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posted 05-23-2006 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had heard that JY was almost on board (for the 2006 AAC) until someone put a spanner in the works .

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posted 05-24-2006 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul prendergast   Click Here to Email paul prendergast     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Derek any idea of the builder?

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posted 05-24-2006 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a fair idea... but I ain't posting it online Paul. Feel free though to ply me with cider at Autographica to loosen my tongue

Cheers, Derek

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Just received this month's: another great picture, this one of Kathy Sullivan on board STS-41G. Looks like she is filling up at a Petrol station (gas Station for our friends across the pond). I hope the next few will be good as the others.

Paul

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The June issue is Jim Lovell - very nice letter, and he's added 'Gemini 7' under his signature in the walk out picture. It's great when the astronauts go to the trouble of adding mission info to these photos.

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posted 06-28-2006 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the report. It sounds like a great selection this month...just like every month. However, does it seem odd that a package can be delivered to Scotland before we (US residents) receive ours??

Anxiously waiting....
Dennis

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I received my photo (which is a beauty) of Lovell Monday the 26th here in Wisconsin.

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Mine arrived on Tuesday also... and the photograph is FANTASTIC... and the letter is very interesting also!

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Mine arrived on Tuesday also...
You got yours before me Derek. I have been away. I will have to go the the local sorting office to pick it up. It sounds a great photo.

Paul

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Paul,

The photo is the business and is the nicest Lovell autograph I have in my collection. Well done and thanks to all at the ASF for all their hard work, y'all make the start of each month such a happy one for me!

Regards, Derek

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I have received mine from the sorting office the signature is smudged as it was placed in the cellophane. Has anyone else got this problem? Should I contact them to get another one?

Paul

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posted 07-01-2006 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry to hear your photo is smudged Paul. You should definately contact the ASF. A friend of mine had an issue with damage on one item from last years club, contacted the ASF and received a replacement but also sent the damaged item back as far as I can recall.

- Derek

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Paul, definitely contact them. I've had a few problems, this month included, with creased photos and they have replaced them every time. I would keep the letter from the astronaut since I don't believe they will replace that part of the order.

Cliff

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Thanks guys, I have just received a email from the team at the ASF and they said they would replace it. That is what I call service.

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Just received September: Gene Cernan, another great addition to collection.

Paul

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posted 09-03-2006 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for taneal1   Click Here to Email taneal1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone post this Lovell-signed Gemini photo, please?

Thanks,

Tom

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As requested Tom!

Regards, Derek

P.S. I was VERY happy with the Cernan lunar EVA photo also!

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As requested Tom!

Thanks, Derek! I agree with everyone. THAT'S a nice photo.

Tom

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A good Charles Bolden photo this month, taken while on his last shuttle flight. I liked the accompanying letter - signed 'Semper Fi'.

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Just got mine, another great photo.

Paul

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Has anyone heard about next years astronauts?


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