30 September 2021
ULA - Atlas V 401 - Landsat 9 - SLC-3 - Vandenberg Space Force Base
VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Team Vandenberg is scheduled to launch a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the NASA Launch Program Landsat 9 observatory into a near-polar, sun-synchronous orbit from Space Launch Complex-3 here Monday, Sept. 27, with a launch window opening at 11:11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
Col. Rob Long will be the launch decision authority on this historic 2000th launch from the Western Range here on Vandenberg Space Force Base.
“The 2000th launch gives us the opportunity to celebrate the tens of thousands from Team Vandenberg, past and present, who share a proud heritage beginning with the first launch in 1958 through this 2000th launch,” said Long. “Space—and launch—is hard. Our record of success is a testament to longstanding mission excellence.”
The unique geographic location of Vandenberg makes this major range and test facility base a safe and ideal setting for confidence test-launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, intermediate-range ballistic missiles, and for placing satellite payloads into polar orbit.
Join us as we celebrate this Vandenberg Space Force milestone as we make history with our 2000th launch!
The unique geographic location of Vandenberg makes this major range and test facility base a safe and ideal setting for confidence test-launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, intermediate-range ballistic missiles, and placing satellite payloads into polar orbit.
29 September 2021
28 September 2021
27 September 2021
60th Anniversary of the Vostok 1 and the First Man in Space
Landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars
Launch of Djibouti's First Satellite
26 September 2021
22 September 2021
20 September 2021
The Murchison Meteorite
The meteorite shower that came to the town of Murchison, 160 kilometres north of Melbourne, on Sunday 28 September 1969, arrived just two months after the Apollo 11 Moon landing.
On the 50th anniversary of the Murchison meteorite impact, a stamp was issued by Australia Post on September 10. 2019 to commemorate this event. The stamp shows the meteorite in flight heading towards Murchison in Australia. The stamp was designed by Tim Hancock .
After an air explosion with a sonic boom, a few hundred fragment fell on around the town of Murchison. Over 100 kilograms were recovered from the fall area of the rare carbonaceous chondrite meteorite.
These meteorites retain chemical properties from their time of formation some 4.56 billion years ago. Murchison contains an abundance of organic compounds including over 90 amino acids, the building blocks of our DNA, many of which are not found on Earth. The meteorite is also a rich source of pre-solar mineral grains, which formed in star systems and exploding star supernovae events from billions of years before our Sun and solar system formed. Understanding the composition of these grains helped to determine how the various elements of the Periodic Table have formed within stars.
The hexagonal shapes represent the amino acids found in the meteorite. It is generally accepted that the amino acids and other organic compounds in Murchison have formed through non-biological processes. They do, however, indicate that the carbon building blocks of life may be readily abundant in space. It has been hypothesised that meteorites may well have “seeded” life on Earth by bringing such compounds with them.
(by Nicholas Steggall)
Observatories In Israel
19 September 2021
Post of Serbia have issued a souvenir sheet commemorating, the `60 Years Since the First Manned Spaceflight`. The 3 stamps were issued with tabs and 3 first day covers, one for each of the stamps. they commemorate Yuri Gagarin, Gherman Titov and Valentina Tereshkova. They were issued on 29 June 2021.
(by Nicholas Steggall)
Somalia 2002. Set of four stamps on the theme of International Space Station concepts.
In early 1991, the Somali Postal service had 100 post offices with a total staff of between 1,665 and 2,165 personnel. The national postal infrastructure was later completely destroyed during the civil was with Somali Postal officially suspending operations in October 1991. Residents then had to turn to traditional methods of dispatching parcels and letters. they also communicated by handwritten letters sent through acquaintances, mobile and email messaging services. At this time postage stamps continued to be produced illegally and internationally during the war. their subject matter being designed for external collectors.
In November 2013, international postal services resumed with the Somali Postal Service being re-established. In October 2014, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications re-launched postal delivery from abroad.
(by Nicholas Steggall)
03 September 2021
01 September 2021
Mission Space Patches for
SpaceX Cargo Dragon CRS-23 / SPX-23. NASA, SpaceX and USSF SLD45 1ROPS
(Thanks to Nicholas Steggall)
NASA Crew Dragon Crew 4 - SpaceX Crew Dragon Inspiration4 mission - USSF SLD 1ROPS and SpaceX Starship Booster 4 First Stacking
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