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Dave Clow
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posted 03-17-2009 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a multi-signed earth map that now bears many signatures from the early days up through the shuttle, and it's almost ready to frame. I'd still like to get the signatures of some of the women who flew, though, and I wonder if anyone might have any suggestions.

I live in the Los Angeles area and I'd hope to get the autograph in person rather than risk shipping the item. I wish more of the women astronauts appeared at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and Spacefest shows -- they deserve their kudos. Thanks all.

disglobes
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posted 03-19-2009 04:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for disglobes   Click Here to Email disglobes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rhea Seddon will be at the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Show in November. Sally Ride signs via the mail for her fee of $20 and is safe to send items to her.

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posted 03-19-2009 05:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does Sally Ride have a website where the details of her address, etc., can be found?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-19-2009 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Requests can be mailed via Sally Ride Science, including the donation of $20 to the "Ride Public Service Internship Program". She will not sign covers, index cards or magazine covers.

lm5eagle
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posted 03-19-2009 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lm5eagle   Click Here to Email lm5eagle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many thanks Robert. I appreciate your help, as always.

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-19-2009 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will Ride send an autographed 8x10 or would I have to send a photo along with the request and $20?

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posted 03-19-2009 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I were you, I would send both a photo and a SASE.

dogcrew5369
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posted 03-19-2009 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would she sign an STS-7 or 41G patch on the reverse? Do any astronauts refuse to sign the back of a mission patch other than those that just won't sign period?

AstroAutos
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posted 03-21-2009 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last month, I sent simply a letter and self-addressed envelope from Ireland to Sally Ride, along with a donation.

I received my envelope back from Sally Ride Science in San Diego, and enclosed was a beautiful colour 8x10 photo of her in her NASA suit signed in black marker 'Reach for the Stars, Sally K Ride'.

I know for a fact that this signature is 100% authentic and it is definitely worth the donation.

As far as I know she won't sign any items you send her, it is just the standard genuinely autographed photo of hers (and she won't personalize the photo either.)

I didn't send any postage, just a self-addressed envelope and the donation.

mjanovec
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posted 03-21-2009 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by AstroAutos:
As far as I know she won't sign any items you send her

The two times I have written to her in the past few years, I have sent items both times (along with my donations) and she has signed the items I sent.

It's good to know that she does supply photos to those who don't have any to send along, however.

Rob Joyner
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posted 03-22-2009 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
The two times I have written to her in the past few years, I have sent items both times (along with my donations) and she has signed the items I sent.

If you requested such, did Ride personalize those items for you?

AstroAutos
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posted 03-22-2009 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, and did you send a donation on each time you sent, or did the one donation cover each time you sent?

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posted 03-22-2009 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rob Joyner:
If you requested such, did Ride personalize those items for you?

I didn't request a personalization and didn't get one.

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Originally posted by AstroAutos:
Yes, and did you send a donation on each time you sent, or did the one donation cover each time you sent?

I sent two items over the course of a couple years. Each time I sent a donation to cover the signing of each item.

tncmaxq
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posted 04-16-2009 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have any experience with Sally Ride signing in person? She is doing a book signing at the National Air and Space Museum on April 25 and I thought of making the trip. It would be good to know though if she will sign one other keepsake item for me. If her policy is not to do that, I won't bring it with me. If anyone has any info on that please let me know.

RMH
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posted 04-16-2009 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not sure what her policy is regarding extra autographs. I would however recommend that you bring it regardless. Better to have been inconvenienced in bringing it rather than to kick yourself later for not doing so. Someone at the event will probably make an announcement on whether she will or not. It is my understanding that she will not sign envelopes.

mjanovec
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posted 04-16-2009 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have heard of her doing book signings where she won't sign anything other than her books. But it doesn't hurt to bring it, like "RMH" said, just in case...

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posted 04-16-2009 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by tncmaxq:
She is doing a book signing at the National Air and Space Museum on April 25
Do you know she is going to be in Cambridge, MA at MIT for a Sally Ride Space Festival on May 2?

Maybe she would be more inclined to sign there than a book signing. It's also closer than D.C.

tncmaxq
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posted 04-17-2009 05:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Re: Cambridge, thanks for the info. I will check it out. I think I have other things scheduled for the that weekend so the trip probably will not work out.

I did call the number on the Sally Ride Science website and spoke with a nice lady who said it probably would be all right to get another item signed. She was going to check with Dr. Ride's secretary and call me back, hopefully today.

xlsteve
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posted 04-18-2009 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going to the Cambridge Science Festival with my wife as a chaperon for some of her students. Meeting Dr. Ride is a bonus. I'm not sure how much this event is open to the public versus just students and teachers/parents.

Mike Isbell
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posted 04-25-2009 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This morning Dr. Sally Ride, who flew twice on the shuttle, came to the National Air and Space Museum for a book signing. Her new book is 'Mission Planet Earth'. I arrived shortly after 11:00 AM and there was no line of people waiting to get their books signed. However, by the time I went to purchase the book, Dr. Ride had taken a break and a line of about 15 people had formed before she returned. I spoke with Dr. Ride for a minute or so after she signed by book and then it was someone else's turn. I wonder what her next book will be about.

tncmaxq
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posted 04-27-2009 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you had a good experience. Did you notice if she was signing items other than books? I eventually was not able to make the trip to DC but probably should have.

Mike Isbell
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posted 04-27-2009 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Isbell     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The person helping Dr. Ride said that she was only signing her book, without personalizing.

astro-nut
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posted 05-04-2009 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen Sally Ride in person and she would not sign. Rhea Seddon, Jan Davis, Eileen Collins, Janice Voss, Susan Still-Kilrain, and Anousheh Anasar have all signed in person and more than happy to.

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posted 05-14-2009 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would like to obtain an autograph through the mail from Megan McArthur who is now in space. Does anyone know her signing habits and how long should I wait to mail a request? I know she'll be busy post-flight for a while. She comes across as a very nice person so I'm hoping she'll come through for me.

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posted 05-14-2009 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RMH   Click Here to Email RMH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Megan McArthur has been very accommodating to autograph request through the mail in the past and I would think the same for the future. I usually wait a month to write to an astronaut that has recently flown.

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posted 05-17-2009 07:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote to Megan McArthur in 2005 and recieved an autographed photo from her. Just allow time for post mission debriefs and so forth.

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posted 10-24-2010 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have recently written to Anna Fisher and Karen Nyberg for autographed photos. Does anyone know if I have any chance of my request being fulfilled?

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eurospace
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posted 10-25-2010 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From my experience, both Anna Fisher as Karen Nyberg are good and reliable signers.

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posted 04-12-2011 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote to Karen Nyberg at NASA last September but unfortunately did not receive a reply. I have now written again along with Megan McArthur. Is Karen Nyberg a difficult signature to obtain?

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I met Karen last year. She is a wonderfully warm person when it comes to meeting her fans and she signs without limitation.

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posted 04-12-2011 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for thump   Click Here to Email thump     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
I wrote to Karen Nyberg at NASA last September but unfortunately did not receive a reply.
Seven months is not an unreasonable amount of time to wait for a response, my last two responses from astronauts took two and a half years, and six years. I've also received in a one week period recently three former Olympic athletes in the mail, each one taking three years to respond. Be patient, these are very busy individuals...

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posted 04-21-2011 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautifully signed photograph received from Anna Lee-Fisher today. Looks like you're right Thump, patience is a virtue.

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Has had anyone had a success with Dr. Cleave and can she be reached at NASA Headquarters? Does she respond? I live in The Netherlands, Europe.

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Cady Coleman was personable and signed last night in Baltimore.

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posted 09-01-2011 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if Mae Jemison would sign her book through the mail? As the story goes I met her at a nearby college after a speech she had given back in 2001. I just missed purchasing her book as it had sold out, but I was able to order it from her. I want to send it to her to sign and return, but I'm afraid I may not get it back. Any help would be appreciated.

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posted 09-01-2011 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You could inquire about your book through Mae Jemison's website.

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Has had anyone had a success with Dr. Cleave and can she be reached at NASA Headquarters?
No. Dr. Cleave has retired from NASA quite a couple of years ago, and to my knowledge she does not respond through the mail.

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I had a very enjoyable time at the Nov., 2010 ASF show talking with, and getting the autograph from, Kathy Thornton. I believe (but am not sure) that she lives in VA.

It was interesting going to one of the donor dinners and talking with her. There were only two female astronauts at the show, but the vast majority of people paid no attention to them (trying to talk to the usual suspects... the Apollo astronauts), so I had the chance to have a long and informative conversation with her about her 4 missions. One of the missions was "black", but she could talk about the other three. Her husband was there so it was also interesting to talk with him about the people that were left "on the ground".

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posted 09-03-2011 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had a great experience with Kathy Thornton at last years ASF show as well. I had just finished a conversation with Bruce McCandless and went to her just as cS's very own Robert Pearlman was finishing a conversation with her.

She was very friendly and admitted she hated to charge for autographs (it has been my experience many shuttle astronauts feel the same way) but she was willing to charge for for charity events as long as it was not too much.

She was very nice and the print she was signing was signed by many other shuttle astronauts and asked me where I met a few of the astronauts who signed. She was very friendly.

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posted 09-07-2011 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Janet Kavandi also sent me a nicely inscribed colour 10x8 recently too. As did Julie Payette from the CSA.


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