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January 25, 2014

Report on the Astrophilatelic Activities in Italy 2013

The year started with the organization of the competitive astrophilately exhibition, held in Milan in March, according to the FIP rules. Out of the nine exhibits, five were participating for the first time, with a strong commitment that brought to remarkable results. 

The 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereskova, was commemorated with an event which included a conference, as outreach of the 8th IAA Symposium (International Astronautics Academy) held in Turin, and an exhibition which remained open during the three-days Symposium.

The Conference and the Expert Panel which followed were entirely held by outstanding personalities, all of them women, from the space industry, space agencies and academic world.

The Exhibition grouped half a dozen of documentary and philatelic collections on Valentina Tereshkova and an Exhibit on WOMEN IN SPACE which illustrated, with panels designed by the stamp Artist Alec Bartos, the missions of the 58 women flown in space during the past fifty years.

A special postmark and an official postcard prepared by ASITAF were available during the Event.

The exhibition was again in show during VeronaFil in November.

A dozen of commemorative covers were issued by ASITAF for space events dealing with Italy, such as the launch of Vega, ATV and Cygnus, the test of IXV and Exomars, etc.

Two competitive astrophilately exhibitions will be organized in 2014, offering exhibitors the opportunity to qualify for the International Astrophilately Exhibition to be held in Milan in 2015.

The first Astrophilately Seminar in Italy will be held in March 2014 in Milan.

Four annual issues of the "AD*ASTRA” quarterly Journal are being published in Italian and English and provide members with background information on space events and astrophilately. 

The website is available both in Italian and English.

Umberto Cavallaro

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