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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-10-2013 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andrew Morgan, a candid as well as a portrait photo, about a month.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-13-2013 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tyler N. "Nick" Hague, his submitted photo to NASA. Don't know why it's dedicated "To Bob," but just remember: He's the deputy in charge of defeating IEDs. Don't that make you feel warm and safe.

And yes, if a cover or photo turns up with my name on it, I'll gladly switch.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-19-2013 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Christina M. Hammock, a photo from her days at the other end of the earth. Sent 19 June by Express Mail, claimed 27 June (and after I nudged them), postmarked 12 July, received today, 19 July.

Interestingly, she kept one of the two photos I sent her.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-29-2013 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jessica U. Meir, a photo sent a little more than a month ago, postmarked July 26 (and someone dropped it off at a Post Office, based on the markings and labels), received today.

And like Hammock, Meir kept one of the photos I sent her, that of her at JSC.

Greggy_D
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posted 07-29-2013 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Hart Sastrowardoyo:
And like Hammock, Meir kept one of the photos I sent her.
Is it a normal practice to keep extra photos?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-29-2013 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think it's standard practice, but I've rarely been asked for my autograph so I don't know.

Maybe they only wanted one signed because they're not "full" astronauts yet? Or they don't want the extras going for sale? Or they don't like the other photos I sent? Or they haven't seen the other photos I sent and wanted them as a souvenir? Your guess is as good as mine.

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posted 07-29-2013 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Regardless, they could have returned the extras unsigned.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-29-2013 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, would be nice but it's a risk to get anything back, signed or unsigned. I've sent plenty of photos (and inquiries as to whether or not I can send stuff) out, never to see them again. After all, it is unsolicited mail. To send it back is a nice gesture (and builds goodwill), but they (and other astronauts) are under no obligation to do so.

That said, there's one astronaut whom I'd love to get my photos back, but only because I paid $$ to get a picture printed. (I had to special order the photo.)

Bob M
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posted 07-30-2013 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hart has done very well in obtaining autographs of four of the eight new NASA Group 21 Ascans even before they have reported to JSC. I have not done as well, with three returns (Hague, Morgan and Meir), but with one in question.

Shown here are signed covers by Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan (in gold pen). My Morgan autographs differ greatly from Hart's (see his above) and there is some concern that someone else may have signed for him after he left his home in Virginia for Texas (I mailed my request to Morgan in VA about 3-weeks after Hart mailed his). The initials in front of Morgan's signature may indicate that someone else signed for him, as in the manner of secretaries adding their initials when officially signing for their bosses.

Another collector has had the same results as I and I wonder if others have received autographs from Morgan? Time may tell if Dr. Morgan may have used two different styles of signatures.

Mike Z
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posted 08-01-2013 03:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know when the class will have their individual portraits and group picture taken? Will they be able to send 8X10 lithos by request?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-01-2013 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They report by Aug. 12 to JSC. Given the quality of current lithos (Acaba and Casper come to mind), I'd rather take the high-res images and get them printed myself.

Mike Z
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posted 08-06-2013 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yea, I'm going to get the eight acsans' photos printed at Costco. They have done a good job and I have never had a problem with their prints.

For the first time I don't have a good contact there in the Astronaut Office. The person I know lost their job at the end of shuttle. I still need two from the last class.

When I was in sports, if a letter came for the team's autographs and I saw it I made sure all of the players signed it, whether it was the Orioles, the soccer or basketball team. In tennis, 1974, people only wanted Jimmy Connors.

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posted 08-06-2013 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the best way to request autographs from NASA's Astronaut Class of 2013. Can I send it with the name "Astronaut Class of 2013" or should I send a letter to each one?

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I have always written to each astronaut an individual letter. I check their bio and mention something about them. I look to see where they come from and to see if we have anything in common like sports because I was in sports and the astronaut may like of play a sport or lift weights like I do.

I always thank them in the beginning and again, in closing. I always use their Rank (Major) or their Title (Doctor), when possible. I'm happy there are only eight in this class!!

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posted 08-07-2013 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Shuttle Endeavour   Click Here to Email Shuttle Endeavour     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok. Thanks. Should I send in pictures or will they supply them?

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In my past experiences NASA have always supplied them, but be careful they don't send autopens. I usually ask for a dedication which very often results in an actual signature.

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I just sent out letters to the 2013 Astronaut candidates. This is the first time I sent to JSC. How long should I expect them to respond?

Neil DC
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posted 08-27-2013 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When the group was first announced I sent out cards to sign (with SASEs) to the best addresses I could find for each of them. Like some others I received signed cards back from Morgan, Hammock and Meir.

Yesterday I received via NASA a card signed by Nick Hague. A fifty percent success rate thus far I think is pretty good for a new group, even before they arrived in Houston.

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I have used the JSC address and had no success. Should I try to search for better addresses? Does JSC send out autographs yet? Also, do astronauts still have business cards like those in the Apollo era?

Robert Pearlman
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Sorry you haven't had any response but JSC is the only address to use for active astronauts. Keep in mind that the 2013 astronaut candidates are still in basic training, they do not have portrait lithos and are generally limited from interacting with the public (or at least public relations) until they graduate.

I believe astronauts, like all NASA employees, still have the option to order business cards, but unless you have business with them it is poor form to request them.

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posted 01-05-2014 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Shuttle Endeavour:
I have used the JSC address and had no success.
It's all about patience. Astronauts are always busy, I have sent many requests to JSC and probably only get back about 50% of them, and some take many, many months to come back.

JBoe
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posted 01-15-2014 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to try to get autographs of the entire 2013 class, but wanted to confirm if I should use the Astronaut Selection Office address. Thanks!

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Nope. The selection procedure is over.

The Astronaut Office address should be fine. However, fan mail to the new ascans might be held back and only handed out to them after they finished their initial training, in about 18 months.

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Great, thanks for the info! It would be great if there will be a "official" group with their wings in flight gear once they complete their training.

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I will be attending the "Meet The New Astronauts Class Of 2013" event at the National Air and Space Museum. I am hoping there will be an opportunity to have a dramatic photograph signed. I would want it to be relative to there future missions. I am looking for suggestions.

If available I would also like to find a Class of 2013 photo of all in there blue flight suits. I would need it by January 30. Any advice on where to find one?

Robert Pearlman
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NASA's 2013 Astronaut Class photo set can be found here, including a group shot of the eight (in business suits).

For blue flight suit photos, see this action shot of the class aboard a parabolic flight and this posed shot outside the C-9 "weightless wonder."

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-26-2014 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a litho of the Space Launch System liftoff that I had signed by Rubins and Aunon, and will carry around to get signed by the post-shuttle (e.g., post Group 19) astronauts. It has a nice light background, as opposed to the black space background of the Orion capsule litho that would make autographing it a challenge.

That said, let me throw out that it has been difficult to get autographs at NASM during astronaut appearances. If you get one, great, if not, enjoy their appearance.

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Agreed Hart. It is very difficult to get autographs at NASM unless it is a booksigning.

Is this NASA or NASM "policy"? Sometimes there is a very small group attending a lecture, presentation, or appearance and autographs are "not permitted."

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-26-2014 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would think it would be the venue's policy and/or the individual's preference. I've been at a few places with active astronauts and recall 1) in one instance they were signing only for children or 2) they would sign only one item (you were near me on the latter, at Udvar-Hazy.) And while not an active astronaut, we were in Frederick where it was announced the guest would not be signing.

As I'm fond of saying, prepare for the best and hope for the worst.

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Here's another photo of the 2013 class, this time posing with an SLS wind tunnel model

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I have sent a request for a autograph and it has currently been 157 days since mailed.

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