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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

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STS-108

FDOI MPLM postmark

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STS-108
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STS-108

launch

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STS-108

launch - GSFC tracking

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STS-108
STS-108
STS-108
STS-108
STS-108

landing site - KSC

STS-110
STS-110

official NASA cover

STS-110
STS-110

tracking launch

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STS-110

tracking docking

STS-110
STS-110

tracking EVA

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STS-110

tracking EVA

STS-110
STS-110
STS-110
STS-110

tracking landing

STS-110
STS-110

tracking undocking

STS-110
STS-110

mission summary

Soyuz TM-34
Soyuz TM-34

Visiting Expedition - 3

Progress M1-11
Progress M1-11
Progress  M1-11
Progress M1-11
Progress M1-11
Progress M1-11
Progress M1-11
Progress M1-11
Soyuz TMA-4
Soyuz TMA-4
Visiting Expedition 6
Visiting Expedition 6

signed by Soyuz TMA-4 and ISS 8 crews

ISS 9
ISS 9

delivered on Soyuz TMA-4

ISS 10
ISS 10

delivered on Soyuz TMA-5

STS-114
STS-114
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STS-114
STS-114
ISS 12
ISS 12

delivered on Soyuz TMA-7

Soyuz TMA-8
Soyuz TMA-8

launch

Soyuz TMA-8
Soyuz TMA-8

Brazilian serviced cover

Soyuz TMA-8 - ISS 12
Soyuz TMA-8 - ISS 12
Soyuz TMA-7
Soyuz TMA-7

landing

STS-115
STS-115
Progress M-62
Progress M-62

One of the fancy things about collecting astrophilately is space letters. Basically two types of flown letters can be found – written to the cosmonauts and written by the cosmonauts. I mention only cosmonauts because American space crews do not participate in such kind of collector activities due to NASA policy limiting astronauts to give autographs. This is the reason that some flown covers can be found without astronaut signatures. Back to the letters – they are quite rare and looked by astrophilately collectors but you should be aware of fakes and “flown”-like items. Generally the letters are send to the cosmonauts then taken aboard the Soyuz spaceship to ISS, stamped/signed, sent back to Earth with the returning crew and back to the addressee. The process takes several months in average. Some dealers give the option of getting personal letters for $$$. In terms of the content – if it was not strictly personalized the letters are generally meaningless – sending greetings back and forth… 

 

Here are two examples of letters from the same expedition ISS 5 – Soyuz TMA-1. One was send from Houston to Star City to Sergey Zalyoutin then taken on Soyuz TMA-1 to ISS 5. This letter is addressed to Valery Korzun sending greetings from doctor A. Vasin. It has a very nice batch of onboard cancellations. Such letters have a definite collector orientation and were arranged by the dealers to be commercialized.  Another example is a personalized letter written by Sergey Zalyotin in space and sent to Alex Panchenko – space memorabilia collector and dealer. Interesting point in Sergey’s letter that he mentions many collectors’ items he took aboard ISS and will return everything back to Earth as promised. Note much less colorful "space memorabilia" outfit and the half-cut ISS octagon seal - the other part is on the reverse of the cover, to get a 100% bond.

 

In order to be authenticated the letters bear ISS octagon seal and other stamped postmarks. Besides the relevant postmarks it is good to get such letters via known and trustworthy channels even if it will cost some extra $$$.

The covers used for such letters are general postal covers or some privately designed cachets. As usual they have all available ISS markings and the most important – octagon seal and postmarks with relevant dates. On some occasions official Energia covers are posted but these are more rare cases.

ATV-1 "Jules Verne"
ATV-1 "Jules Verne"

Hoyerswerda, Germany in mid 2004 ATV-1 entered testing in ESTEC

ATV-1 "Jules Verne"
ATV-1 "Jules Verne"

Jan 2008 - special postmark

ATV-1 "Jules Verne"
ATV-1 "Jules Verne"

Jan 2008 - special postmark

ATV leaving the Estec Test Centre

Launch of ATV from Kourou

tracking by the CELM, cancelled at Biscarrosse, France

docking to ISS postmarked at the Control Centre of Toulouse, France

special ATV-1 postmark on Lollini postcard with stamped cachet

docking to ISS Lollini postcard

ATV-1 docking - Korolev

69th Fair of the Picardie Region Space - From Jules Verne to Planet Mars

69th Fair of the Picardie Region Space - From Jules Verne to Planet Mars

one of 1200 covers flown to ISS in the ATV-1 CTB and returned to Earth on STS-126

arrival to Kourou Michel Vasse

docking to ISS Michel Vasse

undocking Michel Vasse

deorbiting and reentry Michel Vasse

After the retirement of the Shuttle, the role of ATV has become crucial for supporting ISS activities which now rely on the essential supplies carried by the European ATV, the Japanese HTV and the old Russian Progress, with its one third of the load capacity of ATV.

 

Since its first flight, ATV-1 Jules Verne has become a subject for collectors.

The French philatelic Club “La Marianne” (EADS Astrium – France) has issued 4 commemorative covers – offered in a colorful folder printed in a huge number of 1200 pcs that is not common for a specific commemorative set. Other dealers like Michel Vasse (French Guiana based servicer and dealer) and Alexander Lollini produced dedicated covers as well but in much less quantities like 300-400 pcs. Some covers were issued in even smaller numbers.

As a contribution to Space Mail collectors community, ATV-1 delivered to ISS a special protective CTB (Cargo Transfer Bag) containing 1200 covers prepared by the French Club “La Marianne” and 550 cards prepared by the German Club “Erno-Philatelie” (EADS-Astrium, Bremen). 25 covers were marked onboard with the ISS octagonal seal and autographed by the Russian Cosmonauts Sergey Volkov and Oleg Kononenko. All the items were stored in the Leonardo MPLM (Multipurpose Logistic Module) and returned to Earth on November 30, 2008, on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-126 mission which landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The CTB, as a non-priority cargo, was recovered from Leonardo on February 4, 2009 and the covers were postmarked at the KSC Post Office.

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STS-106

launch

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STS-106
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STS-106

launch

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STS-106

tracking launch

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STS-106

docking

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STS-106

tracking docking

STS-106
STS-106

EVA

STS-106
STS-106

return from ISS

STS-106
STS-106

tracking undocking

STS-106
STS-106

undocking

STS-106
STS-106

tracking landing

STS-106
STS-106
STS-92
STS-92

100th Shuttle flight postmark

STS-92
STS-92
STS-92
STS-92
STS-92
STS-92
STS-92
STS-92

official NASA cover

DMS-R
DMS-R

Plazmakristall experiment

Soyuz TM-31
Soyuz TM-31

ISS 1

ISS 1
ISS 1

mission summary

Progress M1-4
Progress M1-4
STS-97
STS-97

Rollover

STS-97
STS-97

Rollout

STS-97
STS-97

official NASA cover

STS-97
STS-97
STS-97
STS-97
STS-111
STS-111

launch site - KSC

ISS 5
ISS 5

delivered on STS-111

STS-111
STS-111

landing site - Edwards AFB

STS-111
STS-111

landing site - Edwards AFB

ISS 4-5
ISS 4-5

command transfer

Progress M1-9
Progress M1-9
STS-112
STS-112
STS-112
STS-112

docking

STS-112
STS-112

EVA-1

STS-112
STS-112
STS-112
STS-112

EVA-2

STS-112 EVA-3
STS-112 EVA-3

EVA-3

STS-112
STS-112

undocking

STS-112
STS-112

landing site - KSC

Soyuz TM-34
Soyuz TM-34

undocking

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STS-113
ISS 6
ISS 6

delivered on STS-113

STS-113
STS-113
STS-113
STS-113

landing site - KSC

Progress M-47
Progress M-47
ISS 6-7
ISS 6-7

Soyuz TMA-2 arrival Soyuz TMA-1 return

ISS 6-7
ISS 6-7

signed by both crews

ISS 6
ISS 6

mission summary

Progress M1-10
Progress M1-10
Progress M1-10
Progress M1-10
Soyuz TMA-3
Soyuz TMA-3
Soyuz TMA-3
Soyuz TMA-3
Soyuz TMA-3
Soyuz TMA-3

signed by Alexander Kaleri

STS-124
STS-124
STS-124 ISS docking
STS-124 ISS docking

ISS docking

STS-126
STS-126
STS-126
STS-126
STS-126
STS-126
STS-119
STS-119

GSFC tracking

Progress M-66
Progress M-66

Sergey Chizhov cachet

Progress M-66
Progress M-66

cover reverse

Soyuz TMA-14
Soyuz TMA-14

primary and back-up crews

Soyuz TMA-14
Soyuz TMA-14

Sergey Chizhov cachet

Soyuz TMA-14
Soyuz TMA-14

postcard format - very uncommon

Soyuz TMA-13
Soyuz TMA-13

landing

Soyuz TMA-13
Soyuz TMA-13

map of Zhezkazkan landing site

STS-127
STS-127
Soyuz TMA-15
Soyuz TMA-15

Sergey Chizhov card

ISS 20
ISS 20

1st part

Soyuz TMA-16
Soyuz TMA-16

one of the best space cachets!

SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceX Falcon 9

1st launch

SpaceX Falcon 9
SpaceX Falcon 9

1st launch

SpaceX Dragon COTS-1
SpaceX Dragon COTS-1

demo launch

STS-133
STS-133
ISS 30
ISS 30

ATV-2 Johannes Kepler launched Feb 16, 2011 was marked by another colorful creation of “La Marianne” club. This time the folder contained 3 covers and totaled only a half of ATV-1 Jules Verne commemoratives – 600 pcs. Two commemorative covers were issued by “La Marianne” to celebrate launch and docking and the third one in the folder was flown in the CTB.

Like ATV-1, ATV-2 also carried to the ISS philatelic items: 600 covers prepared by “La Marianne”, 550 cards prepared by “Erno-Philatelie” and 600 covers prepared by Thales Alenia Space. 153 covers marked with the octagonal ISS onboard stamp and to have them signed by all the Expedition 26-27 crew.

Additional covers were produced including the one issued by “La Marianne” having special ATV-2 cachet and personalized stamp.

ISS 22-23
ISS 22-23
ISS 23-24
ISS 23-24
ISS 24
ISS 24
ISS 24-25
ISS 24-25
ISS 25
ISS 25
ISS 25-26
ISS 25-26
Soyuz TMA-21 "Gagarin"
Soyuz TMA-21 "Gagarin"

1st ISS special postmark

ISS 27-28
ISS 27-28
ISS 28
ISS 28

50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin flight received a lot of philatelic attention in Russia and was marked by appearance of the first ever onboard ISS special cancellation. Due to the exclusivity of the event many glitches occurred involving the usage of this first postmark. ITC Marka produced the seal and provided it to the Moscow central post office 101000. Director of the office had no idea what to do and how to proceed, so she addressed a group of known philatelists who generally spend a lot of time there. Moscow philatelists prepared covers and cards towards the anniversary and used the postmark to cancel them in March 2011.

 

There was an agreement not to show the cancelled items before the planed landing of the relevant crew. Unfortunately some “very enthusiastic” comrades cancelled the same cards with Moscow special cancellation on April 12, thus making it obvious the unauthorized ground usage.  The next day it was provided to Roscosmos. Roscosmos failed to send it to ISS in time and provided on the closest occasion thus all the onboard cancellations were backdated.  On summer 2011 the postmark device was returned to Earth and used to make another batch of “flown” covers, but has been slightly "corrected". The same time a fake “onboard” cancellation was crafted and used along the genuine one.

Moreover, Hermann Sieger’s company ordered 5 covers via Mezhkniga and according to some experts they were “cancelled” on a printer. So there is more mystery than expected.

This is one of the ground covers produced in Kaluga with a fake “onboard” postmark, printed  over Gagarin stamp. This is obvious in closer inspection. Nevertheless the cover is signed by Aleksandr Samokutyaev and Andrei Borisenko - Russian crew of Soyuz TMA-21.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5

CRS-6 cover used

SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
SpaceX Dragon CRS-5
Soyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-14M

landing

ISS 42-43
ISS 42-43
ISS 15th anniversary
ISS 15th anniversary

BaikonurSvyazInfrom

ISS 15th anniversary
ISS 15th anniversary

Huntspex special postmark

ISS over Earth - 2016
ISS over Earth - 2016

VIEWS OF OUR PLANETS

Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M
ISS 47
ISS 47

Energia flown cover

Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M

welcome event in Star City

Soyuz TMA-20M
Soyuz TMA-20M

welcome event in Star City

Cygnus CRS OA-6
Cygnus CRS OA-6

S.S. Rick Husband

Cygnus CRS OA-6
Cygnus CRS OA-6

S.S. Rick Husband

SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
SpaceX Dragon CRS-8
Soyuz MS-01
Soyuz MS-01

launch

Soyuz MS-01
Soyuz MS-01

launch

ISS 47-48
ISS 47-48
ISS 47-48
ISS 47-48

ISS postmarks on reverse

ISS 48
ISS 48

Energia flown cover

SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
SpaceX Dragon CRS-9
Soyuz MS-01
Soyuz MS-01

welcome event in Star City

Soyuz MS-01
Soyuz MS-01

welcome event in Star City

Soyuz MS-02
Soyuz MS-02

launch

Soyuz MS-02
Soyuz MS-02
ISS 49
ISS 49
Soyuz MS-03
Soyuz MS-03

launch

Special cover commemorating Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko 1 year long stay in space through the ISS 43, 44, 45 and 46 expeditions. The cover signed by all crew members:

Scott Kelly (ISS 43/44/45/46)

Mikhail Kornienko (ISS 43/44/45/46)

Anton Shkarpelov (ISS 43)

Terry Virts (ISS 43)

Samantha Cristoforetti (ISS 43)

Gennady Padalka (ISS 43/44)

Oleg Kononenko (ISS 44/45)

Kimiya Yui (ISS 44/45)

Kjell Lindgren (ISS 44/45)

Sergey Volkov (ISS 45/46)

Yuri Malenchenko (ISS 46)

Tim Peake (ISS 46)

Timothy Kopra (ISS 46),

Aidyn Aimbetov (Soyuz TMA-18M)

Interesting point regarding ISS "visitor" Aidyn Aimbetov who came aboard Soyuz TMA-18M, besides being the first KazCosmos cosmonaut he was the fourth choice for the "tourist" chair. The primary tourist was planned to be British singer Sara Brightman but she withdrew from training, her backup — Japanese businessman Satoshi Takamatsu was not ready by the launch, then came Russian businessman Filaret Galchev but he dropped as well due to lack of time for training. Finally the spot was taken by KazCosmos.

One cover shows the original emblem of Soyuz TMA-18M with Sarah Brightman name but only two signatures – Volkov and Morgensen. I will try to get Sarah’s to complete the story.

Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-15M
Soyuz TMA-15M

welcome event in Star City

SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-6
SpaceX Dragon CRS-7
SpaceX Dragon CRS-7

failure

SpaceX Dragon CRS-7
SpaceX Dragon CRS-7

failure

SpaceX Dragon CRS-7
SpaceX Dragon CRS-7

failure

Soyuz TMA-17M
Soyuz TMA-17M

launch

Soyuz TMA-17M
Soyuz TMA-17M

welcome event in Star City

Gennady Padalka, ISS 44
Gennady Padalka, ISS 44

878 days in space

ISS 44
ISS 44
Soyuz TMA-16M
Soyuz TMA-16M

undocking - Sep 11, 2015

Soyuz TMA-18M
Soyuz TMA-18M

launch

Soyuz TMA-18M
Soyuz TMA-18M

original crew - Sarah Brightman

Soyuz TMA-18M
Soyuz TMA-18M

landing

Soyuz TMA-18M
Soyuz TMA-18M

welcome event in Star City

Soyuz TMA-19M
Soyuz TMA-19M
Soyuz TMA-19
Soyuz TMA-19
ISS 45-46
ISS 45-46
Soyuz TMA-19M
Soyuz TMA-19M

welcome event in Star City

Cygnus CRS OA-4
Cygnus CRS OA-4

Deke Slayton II

A letter written by Gennady Padalka while commanding ISS Expedition 44. The letter was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of Apollo-Soyuz flight and Gennady record of highest cumulative number of days in space. After being in space and getting all relevant postmarks the letter was posted from Star City to USA. Unfortunately several drops of rain damaged the cover giving it a “harsh serviced” look.

On July 16, 2013 during his second EVA astronaut Luca Parmitano came perilously close to drowning in space after more than a liter of water leaked into his helmet. 

Forty-four minutes into the walk, the Italian astronaut noticed the back of his head was wet. Ten minutes later he reported the amount of water was increasing. By the time mission control decided to abort the mission 23 minutes later, large droplets of water were starting to cover Parmitano's eyes, nose and ears as he made his way toward the air lock. Somehow 1 1/2 liters of water had made it into his helmet.

This was one of the closest calls to lose an astronaut during spacewalk in NASA history.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
ISS 35-36
ISS 35-36
Antares A-ONE
Antares A-ONE

Cygnus Mass Simulator

ISS 36
ISS 36
ISS 36
ISS 36

Luca Parmitano 1st EVA

HTV 4 Kounotori
HTV 4 Kounotori

docking with ISS

ISS 36
ISS 36
Cygnus G. David Low
Cygnus G. David Low

Orb-D1 demo flight

Soyuz TMA-08M
Soyuz TMA-08M

landing

International Space Station (ISS) is a ginormous topic in astrophilately. Not only because it became a multinational venture but also because it became much easier to get relevant postmarks and produce cachets. Many astro-philatelists apply their own cachets on the postmarked covers and variations are not traceable unlike in old times when the cachets were mostly a product of a handful of companies and dedicated servicers.

Another point is a Space Mail (e.g. flown covers) started during MIR age these covers have generally became private initiatives of several dealers having good connections with cosmonauts. Even “official” issues of Roscosmos and RKK Energia are very hard to obtain as they mostly travel abroad to be sold to western collectors. The letters to and from the ISS are serving collectors demands as well giving relevant people extra $$$. ISS also introduced board special postmarks which were produced by Marka (Stamp) state company to be used on specific occasions.

As I said – ISS is a complex subject covering not only manned missions from Russia and USA including participating countries but also cargo ships from Russia, Europe, US and Japan. I never put the goal to get all the possible coverage of ISS activities, just getting the relevant stuff from time to time. At some point I realized that there are a lot of gaps and this site is very useful to show them clearly. I will try to keep the chronology of the events in any case.

STS-88
STS-88

Rollover

STS-96
STS-96

roll out

STS-96
STS-96

official NASA cover

STS-96
STS-96

tracking - launch

STS-96
STS-96

tracking

STS-96
STS-96

tracking - docking

STS-96
STS-96

docking to Unity

STS-96
STS-96

docking to Unity

STS-96
STS-96

EVA

STS-96
STS-96

tracking - undocking

STS-96
STS-96

tracking - landing

STS-96
STS-96

mission summary

STS-101
STS-101

roll out

STS-101
STS-101
Zvezda module
Zvezda module
Zvezda module
Zvezda module

It all started with the launch of Zarya module on Nov 20, 1998. Zarya, also known as the Functional Cargo Block or FGB, was the first module of the International Space Station to be launched. The FGB provided electrical power, storage, propulsion, and guidance to the ISS during the initial stage of assembly. The module was funded by the US while designed and built in 1990s and belongs to NASA although it remains a part of Russian segment.

This is the ISS flown cover to commemorate 15th anniversary of the event. The cover has special ISS postmark and signed by ISS 38 crew: Oleg Kotov, Koichi Wakata, Richard Mastracchio, Sergey Ryazansky, Mikhail Tyurin and Michael Hopkins

STS-98
STS-98

SRB recovery

STS-98
STS-98

tracking - GFSC

STS-98
STS-98

tracking - Korolev

Soyuz TM-32
Soyuz TM-32

Visiting Expedition - 1

ISS Pirs (DC-1) module
ISS Pirs (DC-1) module

docking - Korolev

Progress M1-7
Progress M1-7
STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - launch

STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - docking

STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - EVA I

STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - EVA II

STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - undocking

STS-105
STS-105

GSFC tracking - landing

STS-105
STS-105

mission summary

Soyuz TM-33
Soyuz TM-33

Visiting Expedition - 2

Soyuz TM-33
Soyuz TM-33

launch

Soyuz TM-33
Soyuz TM-33

private flown cover

Soyuz TM-33
Soyuz TM-33

Visiting Expedition - 2

Soyuz TM-33
Soyuz TM-33

landing

ATV-4 Albert Einstein
ATV-4 Albert Einstein

launch

ATV-4 Albert Einstein
ATV-4 Albert Einstein

docking to ISS

ATV-4 Albert Einstein
ATV-4 Albert Einstein

undocking

ATV-4 Albert Einstein
ATV-4 Albert Einstein

Lollini combo cover

ATV-4 Albert Einstein
ATV-4 Albert Einstein

German pictorial cancellation and personalized stamp

ISS 37 - Soyuz TMA-10
ISS 37 - Soyuz TMA-10

signed by ISS 37 and 38 crews

Soyuz TMA-11M
Soyuz TMA-11M
Soyuz TMA-11
Soyuz TMA-11

delivery of Olympic torch to ISS

ISS 38-39
ISS 38-39

Soyuz TMA-11M

ISS 38
ISS 38

Olympic torch in space

ISS 38
ISS 38

Olympic torch in space

Cygnus CRS Orb-1
Cygnus CRS Orb-1

Gordon Fullerton

SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
SpaceX Dragon CRS-3
Soyuz TMA-13M
Soyuz TMA-13M
ATV-4 / Dragon CRS-3
ATV-4 / Dragon CRS-3

flown cover

Cygnus CRS Orb-2
Cygnus CRS Orb-2

Janice Voss

ISS 39-40
ISS 39-40
Soyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-14M

BaikonurSvyazInform postmark

Soyuz TMA-12M
Soyuz TMA-12M

welcome event in Star City

SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
SpaceX Dragon CRS-4
Soyuz TMA-13M
Soyuz TMA-13M

landing

ISS 41-42
ISS 41-42
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

launch

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

tracking launch

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

tracking by Redu station

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

docking ISS

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

docking

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

docking

Soyuz TMA-04M docking
Soyuz TMA-04M docking

docking

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

Korolev

Dragon C2+
Dragon C2+

SpaceX COTS Demo Flight 2

ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi
ATV-3 Edorado Amaldi

undocking ISS

SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1

launch

SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1

launch

SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1

splashdown

ATV / Dragon
ATV / Dragon

CTB flown cover

Soyuz TMA-06M
Soyuz TMA-06M
ISS 33
ISS 33
55th anniversary of Sputnik
55th anniversary of Sputnik

signed by Soyuz TMA-05 crew

ISS 33-34
ISS 33-34
Soyuz TMA-08M
Soyuz TMA-08M
ISS 35
ISS 35

EVA

2012 showed itself as a year of a cargo ships – never there have been so much activities from different countries – Russia (as usual), Europe (ESA), Japan and now – USA with the first ever private contractor SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft. 2012 showed the first successful test flight of SpaceX Dragon C+ ship and the following launch of Dragon CRS -1 mission. Besides mentioned above another notable thing occurred – the ATV-3 Adorado Amaldi flown to ISS covers were taken back by a recoverable capsule of SpaceX Dragon CRS-1 that splashed down in Pacific on Oct 28, 2012. The CTB flown 400 covers of “La Marianne” club were postmarked in Houston on Nov 2, 2012. Another 14 covers were postmarked on ISS and signed by the crew.

ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

CTB fown cover

ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

Kourou

ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

launch - Korolev

ATV-2 Johannes Kepler
ATV-2 Johannes Kepler

docking - Korolev

Jim Roth is the author of the mission 57 Premium Space Covers brand. Hundreds of different issues of Jim's cachet-designed space covers were produced. He would design both sides of a space cover with some of the best colorful and graphically produced artwork creations that I have ever seen. Some of his cachets are numbered to be only 20-30 pieces created. Not very surprisingly the covers look much better in reality than scanned copes. These are one of the best space cachets I have ever seen placing them in a one row with Sergey Chizhov artworks and outstanding Therome cachets. I am proud to have some of Jim’s designs in my collection.

SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-1
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
Cygnus Antares A-ONE
Cygnus Antares A-ONE
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
SpaceX Dragon CRS-2
Cygnus Antares A-ONE
Cygnus Antares A-ONE