Space Exploration on stamps

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    In the last few days I have done a number of scans from my DDR (GDR) -
    collection,I had bought last year.The more I "get into" that collection,the more
    I like it.
    The GDR has issued many stamps with space-exploration thematics.
    Of course,as seen from "the other side",the side of the "socialist" world.
    A good reason to start a new thread,what will include,of course,also stamps
    from other places,than just the DDR.
    Space DDR 603.jpg
    The start of this little guy,called Sputnik 1 on Oct.4th,1957,came as a big
    surprise and even shok to the West,especially to the US.
    It was the first man-made earth-satellite and till today is the most popular one.
    Stamp issued Nov.7th (!),1957.
     
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    Space DDR 721.jpg
    Another "big bang" was the (intended crash-) landing of Luna 2 (Lunik 2)
    on the moon.
    Stamp issued Sept.21st,1959.
     
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    Space DDR 822.jpg
    One more "triumph of socialsim":
    Juri Gagarin circuiting the earth in space on April 12th,1961.
    Issued April 18th,1961 (10 Pfg.),April 20th,others.
     
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  4. BettyBoop

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    I started a collection of IMG_0001.jpg Moon Landing anniversaries etc, but soon fell into other space themes as well. Here is a nice cover issued 1965 by Czechoslovakia commemorating "Space Achievements", with Grissom, Young and "Gemini 3", and "Gemini 3" on Launching pad at Cape Kennedy.
     
  5. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Space DDR 865.jpg
    Space DDR 867.jpg
    German Titov was the second cosmonaut in space.His flight lasted
    one day with his spaceship Vostok 2.
    He visited later the US and met President Kennedy and John Glenn.
    Although he was a drinker and not very well-disciplined he rose through
    the ranks and achieved the rank of a lieutenant general,the highest
    rank any cosmonaut ever achieved.
    After the end of the Soviet Union,he became a member of the Duma
    (russian parliament) for the Communist Party.
    He died suddenly (in his sauna) in the year 2000.
     
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    Space DDR 917.jpg
    First soviet group space flight of Vostok III and Vostok IV
    with the cosmonauts P.R.Popovitch and A.G.Nikolajev.
    Souvenir sheet issued Sept.13th,1962.
     
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    Space DDR 926.jpg
    5th anniversary of soviet space fligts,showing various details of
    the russian achievements.Issued Dec.28th,1962.
     
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    Space DDR 970.jpg
    Group-flight of Vostok VI and V,issued July 18th,1963.
     
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    Space DDR 993.jpg
    Valentina Tereshkova (born 1937) was the first woman in space (1963)
    Space DDR 996.jpg
    both stamps are from a set of 4,issued Oct.17th,1963;

    After her flight she studied on (military ingeneering science) and
    achieved finally the rank of an airforce major-general.
    She also went into politics and became a member of the russian
    parliament in 1966.
    Of course her hero-status was of good help.
    Space DDR 1021.jpg
    Here shown with N.S.Khrushchev and Juri Gagarin,on a stamp issued
    April 17th,1964 (from a set of 2),in commemoration of Khrushchev´s
    70th birth anniversary.
    In 1971 she became a member of the central committee of the Communist Party.
    After the end of the Soviet Union,she became a member of the
    Duma,the russian parliament,for the United Russia Party.
    She still is a very prominent deputy in Putin´s party.
     
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    Space DDR 1081.jpg
    issued Dec.29th,1964; (s.s.I of 3)
     
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    Space DDR 1098.jpg
    Space flight of Voskhod 2 and first man (A.Leonow) walking in space.
    Issued April 15th,1965
     
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    Space DDR 1138.jpg
    Kosmonauts A.Leonov and P.Beljajev´s visit to the GDR.
    Issued Oct.1st,1965.
     
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    I may have posted this sometime in the past.

    Poor Laika! "The pioneers are the ones with the arrows in their backs."

    LaikaStamp.jpg
     
  16. Werner Salentin

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    Space DDR 1168.jpg
    First "soft" landing of a probe on the moon,issued March 7th,1966.
     
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    Space DDR 1255.jpg
    The 2-meter-universal-reflector-telescope built in 1960,is still the
    largest of it´s kind in Germany.It was built in co-operation of both
    german states,East and West.
    Constructed by Alfred Jensch,the moving parts have a weight of
    65 metric tons.The 10 m long tubus weights 26 tons and the mirror
    is 2370 kg.On the occasion of Jensch´s 80th birthday it was renamed to
    "Alfred-Jensch-Telescope".Also a minor-planet bears his name.
    Carl Zeiss Jena built four more telescopes of this type,what were all
    exported to other (socialist) countries.
    Stamp issued March 2nd,1967. (from a set of 2)
     
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    Space DDR 1341.jpg
    20 Pfg. Venus 4 (Venera 4),first "soft" landing probe on Venus.
    The landing is not documented.Because the descent was much slower,
    than anticipated - due to a much higher atmospheric pressure,
    than suspected -,the lifetime of the batteries ended,when
    the probe was at at height of 25 km above ground.
    The last measurement was temperature 270° C.,22 bar atmospheric
    pressure...
    25 Pfg. Kosmos 186 & 188,first automatic docking in space.
    Issued Jan.24th,1968.
     
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    Space DDR 1636.jpg
    Manned spaceflight´s 10th anniversary.
    Issued Feb.11th,1971
     
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    Space DDR 1659.jpg
    issued March 30th,1971;
     
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