19 October 2021

Tiangong 1


Two covers celebrating the launch of Tiangong 1, `天宫一号`,

 China`s first space station from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and tracking in orbit from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center.

By Nicholas Steggall

New Stamp issue Israel

 Israel - Remote Sensing Satellites

Date of issue:  9 February 2021

18 October 2021

Tianwen 1

Postcard celebrating the successful launch of the Chinese Tianwen 1 spacecraft to Mars

By Nicholas Steggall

Guinea Bissau New issue

 Guinea-Bissau - 60th Anniversary of the Vostok 1 and the First- Man in Space

Landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars

Date of issue:  12 July 2021

Although this editions are authorized by the Guinea-Bissau postal administration, it was not sold in Guinea-Bissau, but only distributed to the novelty trade by the Guinea-Bissau philatelic agency.

17 October 2021

Shenzhou 9

 Commemorating the Shenzhou 9 spaceflight with taikonauts Haipeng Jing, Wang Liu and Yang Liu.

By Nicholas Steggall

Shenzhou 10


Commemorating the Shenzhou 10 and Tiangong 1 spaceflight 2013

By Nicholas Steggall

16 October 2021


 My cover for William Shatner's mission into space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft. The cancel is an unofficial postmark that I created as a proposal to Canada Post to create a Canadian counterpart of the U.S. Mailer's Postmark Permit (In the U.S., MPP holders can cancel their own mail with their own postmarks). 

Shatner has worked in Toronto before, especially in the CBC in his young years, but the city has no relationship to Blue Origin. In an (admittedly tenuous) attempt to link the postmark to the cover's theme, I added a line that this year is the 45th anniversary of Toronto Star Trek '76, the first large Canadian Star Trek convention, at the Royal York Hotel (although Shatner wasn't there).

By Derwin Mak



The latest ATA Astronomy Study Unit newsletter, Astrofax, is out (Fall 2021). The latest issue contains articles with guest contributions from Katrin Raynor-Evans on tips for presenting Astrophilately; member Margaret Morris presenting a fascinating letter from William Herschel to his sister, Caroline; and an article on the exploration of Mercury. Some new issues include the Observatories of Israel and Romania and Slovakia commemorating historic observatories. For more info on becoming a member, check out: https://www.astronomystudyunit.net/

40th Anniversary

 40th Anniversary of Mongolia`s First Spaceflight

Mongolia`s `Mongol Post` company issued a stamp to commemorate Mongolia`s first spaceflight. the stamp shows the Hero of Mongolian People’s Republic, Hero of USSR Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa and twice Hero of USSR, Hero of Mongolian People’s Republic, Soviet cosmonaut V.A.Dzhanibekov. The artist for the stamp is Ts. Battur. The unveiling ceremony for the postage stamp issued for the 40th anniversary of Mongolia’s first space flight was held today at the Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The stamp was issued on 12 April 2021.

On March 22, 1981, Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa along with Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov were launched into space on the Soyuz 39 spacecraft, landing back on Earth on March 30.

Mongolia then became the 10th country in the world to send a citizen into space, and Mongolian cosmonaut J. Gurragchaa became the 2nd person from Asia, and the 101st person in the world to fly into space.

A commemorative coin by the Mongol Bank was also issued in 2021 to commemorate the spaceflight.

By Nicholas Steggall

13 October 2021

Space covers 8


Yuri Gagarin Space Covers

(Part 8)

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin was the first person to orbit the earth once in his spaceship Vostok 1. Columbus, who opened the gate to the cosmos with his legendary flight for mankind, has secured an immortal place in the history of planetary development.

"He took us all into space" said Neil Armstrong, who in 1969 became the first person to walk on the moon. Indeed: to date, almost 600 people from 38 countries have followed Gagarin.

April 12th is a special day. It has been celebrated as a commemorative and public holiday in the Soviet Union and Russia since 1962. On “Cosmonautics Day”, “Cosmonaut Day” or “Space Travel Day”, the focus is on pioneers and actors: scientists, designers, engineers and space travellers.

Astrophilatelistically, this cosmonaut day has been used for special editions for 60 years. Therefore it is a popular collecting area. The present special catalog gives a little insight into this with four main focuses: the first years, the 55th anniversary, postal stationery and autographs.

You will see many small and larger rarities. If you have any questions or are looking for a specific receipt, please let me know. I am glad to help!  



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