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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-15-2014 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mae Jemison, in-person, today (15 Oct. 2014).

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In my experience, they are more difficult then their male counterparts.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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It depends. It may be because there are fewer of them than male astronauts. But there are a fair number of them that do presentations and are speakers - Jemison, Melroy, Lawrence, and Magnus, off the top of my head and thus are publicly accessible.

Like anything, all depends on the venue and the event - Hire surprised a number of people last year signing at the Naval Academy (where she was an attendee of an event, not a guest) yet didn't sign at all at the National Air and Space Museum the week before.

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Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Hire surprised a number of people last year signing at the Naval Academy (where she was an attendee of an event, not a guest) yet didn't sign at all at the National Air and Space Museum the week before.

The above doesn't surprise me too much.

The difference is that when you're an advertised guest at an event, there may be a lot of people in attendance who will want your signature. (If you sign one signature for someone, it could suddenly become an impromptu autograph signing for dozens of people.) Whereas if you're just an attendee, the number of people who are there to get your autograph will be somewhat more limited.

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posted 10-16-2014 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes and no. I wasn't there, but Hire is a hard signature to get. I would say that if people knew she was there, she'd have quite a few requests, even if people didn't have the right item for Hire to sign. I know a few people who carry extra lithos - say an image of a shuttle - as well as lithos of people who may be at an event "just in case."

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posted 10-18-2014 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ellen Ochoa, L/ES suit, request sent 26 Aug 2014 (Mail Code AA), postmarked 15 Oct, received today (18 Oct.) No cardboard backer, though.

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posted 10-29-2014 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for opns93     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the exact returned experience. Not damaged though.

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posted 10-30-2014 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kathy Sullivan, in-person, 30 Oct. 2014. (Yes, the page did shift slightly when scanning.)

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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Peggy Whitson, photo I sent, sent 11 June 2014, received back today (2 Feb.)

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Has anyone had any success with Susan Helms of late?

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Yes.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 03-20-2015 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ellen Ochoa, at SXSW, 16 March.

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I see through the Sightings section that Mae Jemison will be attending various events in the next several months — in Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago, among other places. Unfortunately, I live in none of them. I was wondering if anyone who is attending any of these events would be willing to take along a book of mine to ask for her signature. Thanks in advance.

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Nancy Currie and Megan McArthur were great signing at Family Day at Udvar-Hazy on April 25.

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posted 09-28-2015 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stephanie Wilson: I had a signed photo of Wilson from when she was an ascan, so I was happy for this as a replacement. September 2015, ASE 28, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Sandy Magnus, signed 25 Sept., St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn.

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I had a downloaded OSS color photo of Nicole Stott signed by her at an appearance at the World Science Festival in New York City this past spring. Even though there was a schedule for events she and Lee Morin were attending, it did not specify if photos or autographs were to be given out.

Between her walking from one venue to another, I did manage to wait in line for a photo op with her, and then took out my photo. She hesitated, looked at her NASA 'escort' and signed away. I guess it depends on the astronaut and circumstances - in this case, it was Stott's last public appearance as a NASA astronaut before her retirement.

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Just got back my two unsigned Kodak photos. Instead I got from Tracy Caldwell Dyson a NASA litho with autopen.

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I had a downloaded OSS color photo of Nicole Stott signed by her at an appearance at the World Science Festival in New York City this past spring.
Good for you for getting her - you never know how these things go at an in person event. She will be at Spacefest this year, making her Space Artist debut.

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posted 10-13-2015 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Helen Sharman, also September 2015, ASE 28, Stockholm, Sweden.

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I would like to send a photo to be signed to Tamara Jernigan. Are there some positive results of her responses lately?

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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-21-2016 10:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only in-person.

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I attended a talk by Stephanie Wilson at the National Air and Space Museum this past weekend, and as has become usual at these types of events there, there was a no autographs policy.

Has anyone had any success with Stephanie Wilson through the mail recently? I printed out some photos for the event, and would like to send them to her if there is a reasonable chance for success. Thanks.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 02-23-2016 11:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless it's a book signing, the downtown NASM has not been the best place to try for autographs (I've known of only one successful attempt from someone who goes to such events on a somewhat regular basis).

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Yvonne Cagle, 11 Feb., Washington, DC.

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Hart, you are correct. I've been to a number of NASM events over the last three years where astronauts were featured (not book signings), and there always seems to be a "no autographs" rule in effect. At some of these, you could at least get a photo with the astronaut, but at the Stephanie Wilson event, they ruled these out as well. I think it's pretty much an NASM policy. They don't want to be bothered. I heard Story Musgrave discussing it with a staff person last year, and he wanted to sign for people, but they told him "no, we're not set up for it."

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A friend got Ford - don't remember where in NASM - and when Cleave was there, approached her beforehand and she said, "Afterward." He did so, NASM was ready to wave him off, but Cleave told them, "No it's OK," and signed.

And I know that the 135 crew didn't sign at NASM but Ferguson and Magnus, who were later at the NASA Social elsewhere, did sign at that event.

I'm not sure I agree with the not being set up for it - those exhibit halls are big. By contrast, Bowen signed in a corridor at Worcester Poly, and there were no concerns about us being in line there (e.g., blocking the corridor and violating fire codes.) True, Bowen chatted with people while doing so, but the line moved fast.

Anyway, unless it's a book signing, I don't go to downtown NASM with the expectation of getting a signature. Udvar-Hazy seems a bit more relaxed - they had signing tables set up for the Hubble 25 commemoration last year!

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I've not had much luck at Udvar-Hazy, either, unless it was specifically a book signing (I got Tom Jones and Clay Anderson there last year, and they signed photos as well as books). I was there a couple of years ago for an Air and Space Society event about the shuttle that featured Bob Crippen and Sandy Magnus, and they did sign, but only a book about the shuttle that wasn't cheap. The next day, Pam Melroy was there for Women in Aviation and Space Day, and she gave a great talk, but again, staff whisked her away as soon as she was done, with a "no autographs, no posed photos" announcement.

As for the "we're not set up for it" when I was told that on Saturday by staff, I took it to mean that they don't want to have to assign staff to a signing table after a talk, and it's just easier for them to issue a blanket "no autographs" policy than to try to accommodate.

I wish they would be a little more flexible on the matter, since those two museums are the easiest places for me to get to that have regular astronaut appearances. But they're not asking me for my opinion.

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I agree with Jeff, obtaining autographs at the NASM (both DC and Udvar Hazy) are "difficult" without a book signing or agreed after lecture meet and greet. I was able to get Kathy Sullivan's autograph after her lecture and no book was being sold. The impromptu was great and friendly.

That said, I had a couple of opportunities to get Magnus' autograph in both NASMs, but wasn't given "the time of day." Both times she was alone with I think her assistant and I don't think she particularly likes to sign.

I think the best opportunity to get an autograph would be if there's an after lecture session (for a book or scheduled after event) or at the higher membership levels.

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Back to my original question: has anyone had success within the last year or so at getting anything signed by Stephanie Wilson through the mail? Thanks.

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Sorry, I never got anything signed from her through the mail but I met Stephanie Wilson last year at a congress. I asked her to sign some stuff for me. I gave her the three official crew photos of her missions and told her that I would search for an official astronaut photo of her in my file. She signed the three photos immediately and told me to stop for searching the other photo because she has a three signature limitation per person.

So I have to wait for meeting her in person once again to get the last item signed.

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Originally posted by jiffyq58:
Has anyone had success within the last year or so at getting anything signed by Stephanie Wilson through the mail?
Just Autopen lithos.

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Originally posted by propliner1:
Recent fast reply success from Mary Cleave...
I am looking for some up to date information. I am willing to write a letter To Mary Cleave because I do live in The Netherlands I cannot obtain her autograph in person. Is there anyone out there who has some information how she responds to autograph requests through the mail in 2016?

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posted 05-15-2016 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She does not respond, having no secretarial staff.

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Anna Fisher said this was one of her favorite photos last night (4 June) as part of the World Science Festival.

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Nice photo; reminds me of Ripley in the "Alien" movie.

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Thanks! Also got my 61H Flight Data File cover signed by Fisher. Now I suppose I have to get the other four US astronauts to sign it, five if you count Thagard who was assigned to 61H before moving to Shuttle-Centaur.

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It was nice for Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees Ellen Ochoa (and Mike Foale) to do signings, this one on Saturday (May 20) at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Wonderful lady, very personable. She said she's staying on as Johnson Space Center director. She added unasked her flights to a photo of her.

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Judy Resnik and Anna Fisher, both inscribed and signed.

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Anyone get Svetlana Savitskaya through the mail in the past year or so?


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