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Judgeyrself
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posted 11-09-2013 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Judgeyrself     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please could someone help me identify the following autograph.

I obtained this signed Skylab cover in 2004 and it was one of six cosmonaut autographs including Artyukhin, Sevastyanov and Nikolayev. Aside from one all the other cosmonaut signatures are on Apollo 16 or Apollo-Soyuz covers.

I've never been able to identify this signature and it's always intrigued me.

As you can see it is on a Skylab cover stamped 'Houston TX May 26 1973'.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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posted 03-20-2014 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman1   Click Here to Email Rocketman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am helping a fellow shuttle worker identify all the shuttle astronaut signatures she collected on a shuttle launch photo, and I'm having difficulty identifying one.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-20-2014 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
T. J. (Terry) Hart.

MikeDee
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posted 05-28-2014 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeDee   Click Here to Email MikeDee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I came across this cover with a few autographs on it. Can anyone help to tell me who they are actually for?

The only one I am able to distinguish is Vic Clarke which I think is Victoria Clarke. Any help would be appreciated.

SpaceSteve
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posted 05-28-2014 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A quick Google search turned up an excerpt of the book "Flight to Mercury", that indicates Dr William Pickering was the JPL Director in the early 1970s, Walker E. "Gene" Giberson was the project manager for Mariner Venus/Mercury, John Casani was the Mariner spacecraft manager, and Victor Clarke worked on mission analysis/enginering. The project scientist was a Dr James Dunne.

MikeDee
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posted 05-30-2014 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeDee   Click Here to Email MikeDee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for the great information. I really appreciate it.

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posted 05-30-2014 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Judgeyrself:
Please could someone help me identify the following autograph.
The Skylab cover above looks like it was signed by George Hardy who was SRB Project Manager at Marshall Space Flight Center during shuttle.

J.L
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posted 07-19-2014 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have any ideas on who has signed this? It was signed at the Cape on the eve of launch. I know President Johnson and Tom Stafford are on there. Almost looks like a bad Anders in upper left corner. Thanks.

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posted 08-23-2014 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jonspace   Click Here to Email jonspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have two photos with autographs. One looks to be an Apollo launch photo (14?) and the other is a headshot with a Gemini capsule that I don't recognize.

These came from an estate sale of Anita Mitchell (Edgar Mitchell's ex-wife):

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-23-2014 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The portrait (and autograph) is of astronaut Joe Kerwin.

The launch photo is signed by George Dill, the public relations director for Pan American World Airways at Cape Canaveral during the 1960s.

As part of his duties, Dill met celebrities and dignitaries who came to see the launches, making sure they got to their hotels, launch observation sites or wherever else they needed to be.

stsmithva
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posted 08-23-2014 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jonspace:
These came from an estate sale of Anita Mitchell (Edgar Mitchell's ex-wife)
I saw that lot on eBay. Interesting that there was a photo inscribed by a president to a moonwalker. I saw that there was also a framed Apollo 14 beta cloth patch. Probably a good chance that it was flown on the mission, considering that it was hung on Mitchell's wall for years. Too bad there was no documentation for that.

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posted 12-30-2014 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for billewald   Click Here to Email billewald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm trying to identify who signed this cover and if it pertains to the article it was paired with. Can anybody identify the person with Neil Armstrong?

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posted 12-30-2014 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The man in the photo with Neil Armstrong is Silvius Dornier. His family's company manufactured both the DO-X flying boat pictured on the cover, and the DO-31 plane in the photograph.

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posted 08-04-2015 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This letter of invitation to the Apollo 16 launch is signed by several astronauts whose autographs I recognize. It's also signed by George M. Low, the first Chief of Manned Space Flight and later Manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program. But does anyone know about the "Jack Darling" (?) at the top?

At the bottom is the autograph of Turner N. Wiley. He is named online as a former Chief of NASA's Communication Branch for Engineering at the Goddard Space Flight Center, but if anyone knows anything more about him I'd appreciate a word.

Can anyone identify the John (?) Clark? John F. Clark was Goddard Director from 1965 to 1976, but that doesn't look like an F.

I can't even guess at the last one.

Thanks!

ChrisCalle
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posted 09-14-2015 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChrisCalle   Click Here to Email ChrisCalle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me whose autograph this is?

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posted 09-14-2015 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe this is Edward P. Czapor, a well-respected Polish-American engineer and motivator born in 1926. I'm not sure if he's still around or not, or what (if any) connection he had to the space program.

SpaceSteve
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posted 09-15-2015 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceSteve   Click Here to Email SpaceSteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like Ed Czapor worked for General Motors from 1948 - 1991, retiring as Vice President of GM. According to what I just read on the internet, while serving as general manager of the DELCO Electronics Division, which included the Defense Research Laboratory, he was involved with developing the electric motors for the Lunar Rover, which were supplied by the GM Defense Research Lab.

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posted 10-05-2015 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeDee   Click Here to Email MikeDee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm hoping someone can help with these cosmonaut autographs. There are four of them on a Russian space book and the other I'm not sure if it even is an autograph or not but it is on a folded card.

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posted 10-10-2015 02:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gubarev
Zholobov
Khrunov

and the vertically oriented: Demin.

MikeDee
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posted 10-12-2015 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MikeDee   Click Here to Email MikeDee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much, I really appreciate the information. Would you happen to know if the writing on the bottom picture has any significance?

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posted 10-14-2015 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You would need to find a Russian speaker. Which alas I am not.

Dave_Johnson
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posted 01-09-2016 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson   Click Here to Email Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just picked up a cover that is from Carnarvon, Australia, dated March 23, 1965, and is related to the tracking station there that was involved in the Gemini 3 mission.

The cover is signed by several individuals, one being Pete Conrad. Out of the signatures other than Conrad's, I have only been able to identify one, which is plainly readable and belongs(ed) to Sally Fitzgerald (not shown here). I've checked the signatures against an online listing of those who were at Carnarvon over the years (it says it's 90% complete - located here), but didn't find any names that seemed to be similar to the other signatures on the cover. Any ideas? See the signatures here and here.

(Opinions on the Conrad signature as well?)

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-09-2016 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dave, the Conrad appears to be a vintage signature of him, mostly likely obtained when the NASA Group 2 astronaut was working his first manned spaceflight CAPCOM assignment at the Carnarvon tracking station in support of GT-3 in 1965.

As to the others, just hard to tell for sure, but perhaps the signature on the cover's front surface, if not that of the station director Lewis Wainwright (which it doesn't seem to be), may be that of the cover's philatelic servicer or even the town's postmaster in Australia at the time. It could also, and probably more likely, be a signature(s) of someone else associated with the station facility there.

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posted 01-11-2016 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave_Johnson   Click Here to Email Dave_Johnson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Ken. I felt that Conrad's signature was good (I did compare it against others), glad to hear it.

Considering the signature on the front of the cover is next to the Amalgamated stamp, presumably it's one of the company's employees, as Amalgamated was part of the tracking station from the research I've done so far. The list I referred to in my initial post says it contains those employees as well, so I'll continue to look.

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posted 01-21-2016 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently obtained an autographed group photo, and I would greatly appreciate help identifying several of the signers. Here is the photo:

Now, starting on the right with the most recognizable...

Here are the ones I recognize, and the ones I don't. (I've placed them in the same order they are in the above photo.)

  • Mike Smith
  • ? Jeffey C?
  • Bob Crippen
  • ? Rick Nguyen?
  • Charlie Bolden
  • ? Max?
  • John Young
The rest of the autographs:

And finally the known names, and blanks:

  • ? Jack Fleming?
  • ? B Hart?
  • ? Frank Neiman?
  • ? Mike Hudson?
  • Nancy English
  • ? Tom?
  • Dick Scobee
  • Ox van Hoften
  • Pinky Nelson
Thank you very much!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-21-2016 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Hart is Terry ("T.J.") Hart. Considering the signatures of Crippen, Pinky Nelson, Scobee, and van Hoften, I would presume that other other non-astronauts had something to do with the Mission 41C flight.

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posted 01-22-2016 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you! I should have put together the crew of 41-C by memory to figure out Hart, but you saved me some time doing online research to find the connection.

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posted 01-22-2016 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're welcome. Not sure what Mike Smith has to do with the crew, but Young was the Chief Astronaut at the time.

This photo, although taken for STS-3, can help with two of the names: Jack Fleming of Rockwell International; and Richard W. Nygren, head of the VIT team. I would look for similar photos to see if other names pop up.

And Frank Neiman looks to be more like Frank Newman, and there is someone at NASA with that name, although it is a common last name. There is also a Nancy English who is/was at NASA as a "cultural resources management specialist.

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posted 03-28-2016 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several years ago I purchased some postal covers signed by various NASA officials including this one:

Does anyone recognize the signature?

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Yep, it's Dr. Hans F. Gruene, the Apollo-era Launch Vehicle Operations Director for KSC-NASA. He was one of the original von Braun team of German rocket specialists and one of the first employees to be assigned to the Cape/KSC rocket base facility.

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posted 03-28-2016 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ken! A long-term mystery for me is finally solved.

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posted 04-03-2016 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe it's Sig Sjoberg.

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Trying to identify a FIDO signature. Any ideas much appreciated.

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posted 05-11-2016 02:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 11Boron12   Click Here to Email 11Boron12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got this letter back in that envelope from Russia in 1976. Whose signature could that be?

Ken Havekotte
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That's Cosmonaut Anatoly Filipchenko of Soyuz 7 and 16. Most likely his signature was on the ASTP-related cover since he was the backup commander for the Russian cosmonaut ASTP flight crew team.

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quote:
Originally posted by unknown symmetry:
Trying to identify a FIDO signature. Any ideas much appreciated.
Looks like Ron Epps, with an interesting history.


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