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.

Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo launch support

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo launch support

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

docking

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

15 July 1975

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

24 July 1975

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo recovery support

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Ramstein AFB
Ramstein AFB

Apollo recovery support

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Raisting Satellite Station
Raisting Satellite Station

Apollo launch

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Raisting Satellite Station
Raisting Satellite Station

Apollo recovery

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Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

docking signed by Prof Kaminski

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Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

Soyuz landing

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Bochum Observatory
Bochum Observatory

Apollo recovery

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Effelsberg Radio Telescope
Effelsberg Radio Telescope

by then biggest telescope in the world - 100m diameter

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

ASTP launch

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Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

ASTP docking

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Alsfeld, West Germany
Alsfeld, West Germany

ASTP docking

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

postmarked on July 14

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Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

launch

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Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

docking

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Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

undocking

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Wilhelm Foerster Observatory
Wilhelm Foerster Observatory

Apollo recovery

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German Space Center
German Space Center

German experiments

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German Space Center
German Space Center

German experiments

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German experiments cachet

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Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm

German experiments equipment vendor

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Erfurt, East Germany
Erfurt, East Germany

ASTP docking serviced to Bob Whitney

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Erfurt, East Germany
Erfurt, East Germany

DDR ASTP stamps were issued Sep 15, 1975

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Berlin, East Germany
Berlin, East Germany

ASTP FDC + special cancellation Sep 15, 1975

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Berlin, West Germany
Berlin, West Germany

Industry und Technik exhibition

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

15.7.1975

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

24.7.1975

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Hermann Oberth Society
Hermann Oberth Society
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Hermann Oberth Society
Hermann Oberth Society

Astrophil cachet

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FISA card, Austria
FISA card, Austria

German experiments mentioned in the text

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FISA card, Austria
FISA card, Austria

German experiments mentioned in the text

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Austria
Austria

Astro Documenta SL-3 cachet converted to ASTP

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Austria
Austria

Astro Documenta SL-3 cachet converted to ASTP

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Astrophil 55
Astrophil 55
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Astrophil 47
Astrophil 47
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Astrophil 48
Astrophil 48
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Astrophil 49
Astrophil 49
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Astrophil 56
Astrophil 56
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Astro Documenta
Astro Documenta
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Astrophil 50
Astrophil 50
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Astrophil 51
Astrophil 51
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Astrophil 52
Astrophil 52
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Astrophil 53
Astrophil 53
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Astro Documenta 36
Astro Documenta 36
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Astro Documenta 38
Astro Documenta 38
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Astro Documenta 40
Astro Documenta 40
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Astro Documenta 42
Astro Documenta 42
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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

Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Cape Canaveral - Jul 15

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Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Houston (JSC) - Jul 17

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Eberhard Coelle
Eberhard Coelle

Moscow - Jul 15 Houston (JSC) - Jul 21

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KSC - Moscow
KSC - Moscow

both cancellations are First Day - Jul 15, 1975

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KSC - Moscow
KSC - Moscow

another type of cover using the same postmarks configuration

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