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birgit
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posted 07-03-2006 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for birgit   Click Here to Email birgit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi,
I'm new here and have read the instructions on how to obtain an autograph from an astronaut. I just recently found out that Eileen Collins is (or has?) retiring from NASA and I'd like to get her autograph - do you think there's still a chance by writing to her at the NASA address? I should have written earlier as I had intended to because I really admire her. Maybe someone here has tried lately to get an autograph and can tell whether it has worked or not - any help is appreciated!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-03-2006 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to Doug Peterson, NASA's public affairs officer for the astronaut office, Eileen is still receiving autograph requests through NASA/JSC and while not every letter is answered by her personally, some still are.

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posted 07-04-2006 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for birgit   Click Here to Email birgit     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for this information! Another question that just comes to my mind: When I'm sending my letter is it okay to enclose International reply coupons instead of stamps? Since I'm from Europe I'm not able to get US stamps. I have used these coupons before and it has worked well so far. The question is if they (at NASA) accept these coupons in order to exchange them for stamps.

spaced out
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posted 07-04-2006 02:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by birgit:
... Since I'm from Europe I'm not able to get US stamps. ...

Actually you can buy US stamps from Europe. On the USPS.COM site you can buy stamps online and they will deliver overseas. It adds a bit to the cost but it's easier than IRCs.

If I remember rightly, an 80 cent stamp covers 1 ounce.

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posted 07-04-2006 03:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Birgit,

IRCs are not a good idea. Nobody knows them, and they are horribly expensive compared to what postage value they represent.

You could either buy US stamps, at face value, from the USPS website, or directly from the USPS agent for Europe, Hermann Sieger at Lorch.

Another alternative is joining $4 in cash to your request - that should do for a 8"to10" photo with a cardobard stiffener.

Also, the rate for a letter up to 1 oz. has gone up from 80c to 84c - but for a signed litho this wouldn't be enough postage anyway.

Last, but not least, I am chairing a yahoo group that specialises on this sort of question - feel free to join.

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Jürgen P Esders
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