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COR482932
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posted 06-29-2012 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could someone tell me who are the best signers at Johnson Space Center? I am talking in terms of how long it takes for them to sign basically.

If anyone could let me know that would be great help.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-29-2012 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three weeks for Pat Forrester and Janet Kavandi (sent my own pics). Still waiting for Charlie Camarda and Anna Lee Fisher, sent out late last year, also my own pics.

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posted 07-01-2012 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would it be a good idea to send an autograph request to an astronaut who has just come back from 6 months aboard ISS, or should I hold off a while?

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posted 07-23-2012 03:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who are the best signers from the class of 2009? Has anyone mailed requests to everyone in this class?

Bob M
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posted 07-24-2012 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Who are the best signers from the class of 2009? Has anyone mailed requests to everyone in this class?
Here's one collector's experiences with the 20 members of the Class of 2009/Group 20 Ascans. Of course, others could have different results:

Being mainly a signed cover collector, I sent two covers to each ascan as soon as they were announced, and months before they reported, and didn't have to wait months for their portraits to be available to them. Generally, the earlier you ask a new astronaut for an autograph the better.

All six ESA ascans were good about signing, and also the two CSA ascans. The three JAXA ascans, however, have been basically non-signers.

NASA ascans:

  • Aunon: No response TTM and I only managed to get her autograph thru one of her appearances

  • Epps: No response TTM and I had the good fortune to acquire her autograph in person

  • Fischer: has been a good signer

  • Hopkins: has signed some, but busy training for an ISS flight

  • Lindgren: has signed TTM recently

  • Rubins: early response for me (Sept. 2009), but understand that she hasn't been good TTM

  • Tingle: has signed TTM

  • Vande Hei: has signed TTM

  • Wiseman: good TTM, but training for an ISS flight
I've also been able to get signed portraits from six of the nine.

Strangely, the three female NASA ascans have been the poorest signers of the nine NASA Ascans — but that could change.

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posted 07-24-2012 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Still waiting for Charlie Camarda and Anna Lee Fisher, sent out late last year, also my own pics.
I have never had a response TTM from Camarda or Fisher, but I caught Camarda at Texas A&M a while back and he was gracious and signed readily.

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posted 07-24-2012 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Bob M, your information should be very helpful in who to send requests to. Since I just want signed portraits, maybe I will have more luck with them.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-25-2012 09:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
Still waiting for Charlie Camarda and Anna Lee Fisher, sent out late last year, also my own pics.
Hah! I was able to get Anna Fisher through a recent appearance in California (I believe), through a friend. Camarda I got at the Samsung SPACEFEST on the Intrepid.

Would be interesting to see those pics now show up....

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posted 07-25-2012 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to say that I found Anna Lee-Fisher to be excellent TTM. In fact, I had sent again thinking she had not received my first request and eventually got two signed photos back.

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posted 07-25-2012 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Thanks Bob M, your information should be very helpful in who to send requests to. Since I just want signed portraits, maybe I will have more luck with them.

It would be advisable to send requests to all 20 Group 20 (former) Ascans - but perhaps to the better signers at first. Some astronauts who don't sign at first, start signing later and others that sign well at first, stop later. Probably some who have signed at first, stop as soon as they start seeing their autographs on eBay.

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posted 07-28-2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd like to know from other autograph seekers whether you saw a difference in getting autographs returned if you wrote out a letter by hand or printed one out?

When I was young I hand wrote letters, but over the last decade or so I used a computer. Seems to me astronauts would prefer a more intimate letter from a pen or pencil. Just curious how best it works for others in this forum.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-09-2012 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I use a computer to send out letters because it's easier to read that way.

That said, we'll see if there's a difference in returns, as I'm starting to get some photos back (that is, I didn't enclose a photo for the astronaut to sign.) Two weeks for James Kelly and Terry Wilcutt, interestingly in the same envelope, both autopens.

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posted 08-10-2012 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent out a dozen or so letters a couple of months ago. They were all done on the computer, but hand-signed. I did personalize them somewhat for each astronaut as best I could.

I received hand-signed lithos from Steve Bowen and Eric Boe within about two weeks, that's all so far however.

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posted 08-10-2012 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have found from experience that it can take six-months or more sometimes, so hang on in there!

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posted 08-10-2012 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wrote a letter to each of the STS-135 astronauts. Rex Walheim responded inside 2 weeks, Chris Ferguson was about 3 months and Sandy Magnus almost a year. Still not heard from Doug Hurley. Hope it comes through as I want to frame the entire set.

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posted 08-16-2012 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent my DC Tweetup badge to Ron Garan about two and a half months ago asking him to sign it and today I got it back along with a litho saying "David best wishes and it was great meeting you at the DC NASA tweetup." They were all done by hand and the envelope was written out by him. My first reply in a very long time.

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posted 08-16-2012 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for COR482932   Click Here to Email COR482932     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was just wondering if someone could help me out on this one. I currently have 15 pending requests to active astronauts at JSC and I plan to send out another three more. I was just looking to see if anybody here thought that I have too many requests sent out at the moment, and if you think I should hold off a while, get a few returns in, and then send out a few more requests.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-23-2012 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received today an ISP of Kimbrough in his EVA suit, about a month.

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In 2010 I was able to watch the launch of STS-132. After the mission I managed to obtain the autographs of all the crew but I received no answer from Tony Antonelli.

Any signing experience with 'Tony'? Is he still an active astronaut? Thanks

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posted 08-24-2012 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty sure he is still active.

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posted 08-24-2012 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
I'm pretty sure he is still active.

Active, yes, but not an active signer - one of the worst. But it's never a bad idea to at least try.

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posted 08-24-2012 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Bob M:
Probably some who have signed at first, stop as soon as they start seeing their autographs on eBay.
Yep, I saw a Hopkins autograph photo last week on eBay.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-24-2012 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim Dutton, autopen, and an STS-131 sticker, about two weeks - along with a card:
Thank you for your interest in the United States Space Program. Unfortunately, the astronaut you are trying to reach has either retired or is no longer with NASA, and we are unable to process your request. We have, however, enclosed some other materials we hope you find interesting.
As of today, though, Dutton is still listed as a Management Astronaut, so I'm confused.

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posted 08-24-2012 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dutton is at the Air Force Academy.

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posted 08-24-2012 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How are the remaining 134 crew with signings? I would love to get theirs.

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posted 08-25-2012 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Fezman92:
How are the remaining 134 crew with signings? I would love to get theirs.

Juergen Esders would have more experience about these six guys' signing habits, but from my own experience, Fincke and Chamitoff are well-known as basically non-signers thru the mail. GH Johnson has signed and so has Feustel, with Vittori known as a rare signer.

But all you have to lose is a stamp and some time, so it's worth a try, as non-signers have begun signing at times, especially shortly before they leave NASA/JSC.

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posted 08-28-2012 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shannon Walker, ISP of her in Sokol suit, about a month; and Clayton Anderson, ISP in L/ES, about two weeks. Each also had my name and address either cut from the letter or envelope and placed in the NASA envelope.

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posted 08-28-2012 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received a nicely personalized litho from Clay Anderson. According to my records, the reply took almost 4 years. I really gave up hope and thought my best bet would be to meet him in person.

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posted 08-30-2012 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Bob M:
Juergen Esders would have more experience about these six guys' signing habits...
Basically confirm what is said:
  • Fincke is no go through the mail, but terrific in person.
  • Chamitoff no TTM, but accessible in person
  • Feustel terrific both ways
  • GH Johnson - I have not heard from him since he went for the one year assignment to Glenn
  • Vittori takes his time, but is a reliable signer - through the EAC at Cologne only.
Good luck!

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Not that there is any word about them autographing, or if the entire crew will be there (or even a schedule for the appearance, yet) but the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has said that the STS-134 crew will be visiting as part of the space shuttle Endeavour ferry flight activities next month...

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posted 09-10-2012 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brent Jett, autopenned photo in nine days (and my original photo returned unsigned.)

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posted 09-12-2012 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don Pettit was good about signing in-person.

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posted 09-20-2012 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike Foreman, ISP, about two weeks.

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Although not on active flight status, reports are Stan Love was good about signing in-person this past weekend at a sci-fi con.

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John Casper, ISP, two months. Sent to usual Mail Code; return mail code was GA. As well, it looks like Casper ran out of usual LES (with STS-62 patch) lithos, as I got not an 8*10 but an 8-1/2*11. Granted, it has the usual NASA text on back, but I'm wondering if someone double-sided copied his usual litho....

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posted 09-28-2012 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by COR482932:
Would it be a good idea to send an autograph request to an astronaut who has just come back from 6 months aboard ISS, or should I hold off a while?

I sent out to Acaba a few days ago, so we shall see.

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posted 10-05-2012 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Um, I received another John Casper ISP... only it's not made out to me. If you've written to Casper, e-mail me off list and if it's your name, I'll onpass it to you. Will be away from the computer for a week starting Saturday night, but rest assured, I'll check emails when I can get back on.

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posted 10-12-2012 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just recieved a nicely inscribed EVA suit Litho from Tracy Caldwell-Dyson. Took about 5 months or so.

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posted 10-12-2012 09:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Same here.

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posted 10-14-2012 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also Caldwell-Dyson, with an STS-118 sticker, about two months and a half. Stan Love, ISP, a month and a half.


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