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|Aired on May 24th, 2005|
|Guest: Robert Pearlman|
|Robert Pearlman returned to The Space Show to discuss space memorabilia collecting. Through http://collectspace.com and also Countdown Enterprises in Rocket Town near Houston, TX, Robert is one of the authorities on collecting space items. He discussed collecting from the vantage point of one just starting out to the experienced or even professional collector. Robert fielded questions about Moon rocks, Space Ship One memorabilia, Hubble memorabilia, Russian space collectables, eBay and much more. Robert clearly shows that this is more than just a hobby and a great gateway to becoming part of the space community. In response to several questions, he addressed the issue of astronaut autographs, both from active as well as retired astronauts. He even suggested ways to start collecting for free! He invites interested parties to contact him with questions about collecting, about specific items, or even to authenticate an item. Robert Pearlman can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through me using email@example.com.|
|About our guest...|
An accomplished journalist, sought-after space history expert and respected appraiser of space memorabilia, Robert Pearlman is the editor of collectSPACE.com, the leading online publication, resource site and community for space history enthusiasts. Prior to founding collectSPACE in 1999, Pearlman drove the content and creation of some of the most popular and influential sites devoted to space exploration. His Ask An Astronaut website preceded even NASA's efforts to connect the public with the men and women who have flown in space and was honored as Kid Site of Year in 1996. As Online Program Director, Pearlman led the redesign and expansion of the National Space Society's website, including authoring the viewer's guide to Tom Hanks' HBO miniseries "From The Earth To The Moon." In 1997, he was recruited by Apollo moonwalker Buzz Aldrin to develop the website accompanying Aldrin's first novel. And in 1999, Pearlman co-founded the astronaut-endorsed Starport.com, which was later acquired by Lou Dobbs' SPACE.com (Pearlman was then hired by SPACE.com as a producer and tasked with managing their community projects). Between 1998 and 2003, Pearlman was the on-air online host for the National Space Day webcast filmed annually from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. In 1996, Pearlman was hired by Space Adventures, Ltd., the first company to launch privately-financed tourists to the International Space Station, as their first Marketing and Public Relations Director, a position held until 2003. Pearlman is a member of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Foundation Board of Directors, he serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society and on the nominating induction committee for the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida. He's a director emeritus of the National Space Society and former national chair of the Students for the Exploration and Development and Space (SEDS). In 2001, his work on collectSPACE earned Pearlman the Collector of the Year Award from the Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC). In 2009, Pearlman was inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame, in part for his work on collectSPACE.
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