Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo launch support

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo launch support

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

docking

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo recovery support

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo recovery support

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo recovery support

Raisting Satellite Station
Raisting Satellite Station

Apollo launch

Raisting Satellite Station
Raisting Satellite Station

Apollo recovery

Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

docking signed by Prof Kaminski

Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

Soyuz landing

Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

Apollo recovery

Effelsberg Radio Telescope
Effelsberg Radio Telescope

by then biggest telescope in the world - 100m diameter

Effelsberg Radio Telescope
Effelsberg Radio Telescope
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

ASTP launch

Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

ASTP docking

Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

ASTP docking

Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

postmarked on July 14

Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

launch

Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

docking

Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

undocking

Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Apollo recovery

German Space Center
German Space Center

German experiments

German Space Center
German Space Center

German experiments

German experiments cachet

Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm

German experiments equipment vendor

Erfurt, East Germany
Erfurt, East Germany

ASTP docking serviced to Bob Whitney

Erfurt, East Germany
Erfurt, East Germany

DDR ASTP stamps were issued Sep 15, 1975

Berlin, East Germany
Berlin, East Germany

ASTP FDC + special cancellation Sep 15, 1975

Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany

Industry und Technik exhibition

Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany
Hermann Oberth Society
Hermann Oberth Society
Hermann Oberth Society
Hermann Oberth Society

Astrophil cachet

ASTP German covers

When looking at German ASTP material, I decided to create a separate chapter and there are a couple of reasons. As you remember – I collect only the stuff originally from the countries that directly or indirectly participated in the project, for instance – tracking and satellite stations and other facilities holders. Germany, not only owned several space-related facilities but was directly involved in the scientific part of project.

First of all there are two very important institutions - Raisting satellite station and Ramstein Air Force Base, responsible for launch and recovery support coordination over the Eastern Hemisphere. Bochum observatory is an independent institution that served as data relay and gathered objective flight info. From the 28 joint experiments, 2 were German - МА-014 Electrophoresis and MA-107 Biostack III. Needless to mention, that the docking itself occurred over Germany, on the line Alsfeld – Erfurt that were by then in different countries (FRG and DDR), 140 kilometers apart. At last, but possibly the most important are the German dealers that excelled in bringing to philatelic light so much valuable and fascinating ASTP material. The most adventurous is of cause Eberhard Coelle double cancellations story that I save for a dessert.

Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Cape Canaveral - Jul 15

Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Houston (JSC) - Jul 17

Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Houston (JSC) - Jul 21

ASTP dual cancellation covers by Eberhard Coelle are known for their unrealistic and intriguing story. 3000 ASTP emblem cacheted covers were cancelled on Jul 15, 1975, first in Moscow for the Soyuz launch and then at Cape Canaveral for the Apollo launch. Another 3000 Moscow cancelled covers got Johnson Space Center special cancellation on Jul 17 – ASTP docking. Having covers cancelled for both launches taking place on the same day (7 1/2 hours apart) and thousands of miles apart, posed a great challenge but space dealer Eberhard Coelle, through much planning and assistance was able to succeed. Besides very tough schedule of flights USSR-Germany-USA and then Florida, the winning run was made when US Post Office postmaster in the Cape Canaveral post office volunteered to service all the collectors covers during afterhours. This story was revealed by David Ball, author of “American Astrophilately”.

Besides the mentioned covers, some other combinations of same-day dual cancellations exist, like these FDOI KSC - Moscow on big-size covers

FISA card, Austria
FISA card, Austria

German experiments mentioned in the text

FISA card, Austria
FISA card, Austria

German experiments mentioned in the text

Austria
Austria

Astro Documenta SL-3 cachet converted to ASTP

Austria
Austria

Astro Documenta SL-3 cachet converted to ASTP

Astrophil 55
Astrophil 55
Astrophil 47
Astrophil 47
Astrophil 48
Astrophil 48
Astrophil 49
Astrophil 49
Astrophil 56
Astrophil 56
Astrophil 50
Astrophil 50
Astrophil 51
Astrophil 51
Astrophil 52
Astrophil 52
Astro Documenta 36
Astro Documenta 36
Astro Documenta 38
Astro Documenta 38
Astro Documenta 42
Astro Documenta 42
KSC - Moscow
KSC - Moscow

both cancellations are First Day - Jul 15, 1975

KSC - Moscow
KSC - Moscow

another type of cover using the same postmarks configuration