These twin postage stamp and card of Åland were presented by Swedish musician and ABBA superstar Björn Ulvaeus. The items were issued by Åland post in 2016. ÅLANDSPOSTEN magazine says: “BJÖRN ULVAEUS was proud and honoured to be asked to design a stamp featuring his personal image of Åland. He is familiar with Åland, having played here with his first band the Hootenanny Singers as early as the 1960s. Lately, he has visited Åland by yacht and, therefore, an image featuring the Åland archipelago was his obvious choice for a stamp motif. Kökar is one of the locations that have made an impression on Björn. The stamp shows the picturesque approach to Brudhäll guest harbour and Karlby village in the morning haze”.
First the letter was sent via the “Peterspost” private company from the “Finlandia-2017” FEPA exhibition in Tampere to Moscow. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft. To document the delivery, on board the station the letter was marked with all proper board seals including the Russian official “Russian Post. ISS. Russian Segment” round board post mark dated July 29, 2017, the day when the “Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft docked with the ISS.
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First the letter was postmarked at the “Finlandia-2017” FEPA exhibition in Tampere, Finland and sent to Moscow. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft. To document the delivery, on board the station the letter was marked with all proper board seals including the Russian official “Russian Post. ISS. Russian Segment” round board post mark dated July 29, 2017, the day when the “Soyuz MS-05” spacecraft docked with the ISS.
First the letter was postmarked at Moscow's GPO with the "Space Glory of Russia" special official postmark with the date setting device. Then the letter was delivered to the ISS by the Russian "Progress MS-07" unmanned supply spacecraft. ISS’s board cancellations dated 16 October 2017. It was the day when "Progress MS-07" docked to the ISS.
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On February 6, 2018 at 20:45 UTC the "Falcon Heavy” rocket-carrier was launched from LC-39A of the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket is the world’s most powerful present-day launcher. The rocket delivered to space a road-worn electric “Tesla” sports car with a spacesuit-clad mannequin nicknamed “Starman” on an interplanetary journey that will reach beyond the orbit of Mars.
On February 3, 2018 at 05:03 UTC the “SS-520-5” rocket-carrier was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center situated close to the Japanese town of Kimotsuki, in Kagoshima Prefecture. The rocket orbited the Japanese "Tasuki" (TRICOM-1R) communication satellite weighing in at about 3 kilograms. the “SS-520-5” rocket-carrier became the world’s smallest satellite launcher weighing in at about 2600 kilograms before start.
On February 2-3, 2018, Russian cosmonauts Aleksandr Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov performed the extra vehicle activities (EVA – spacewalk) to install an upgraded electronics box on a high-gain communications antenna at the aft end of the Russian “Zvezda” service module. The EVA lasted 8 hours and 13 minutes and became the longest in the history of Russia’s space program, and the fifth-longest ever. It was the 4th EVA for Aleksandr Misurkin and the 2nd for Anton Shkaplerov.
On February 2, 2018, at 07:51 the “Long March –2D” (“Changzheng-2D”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited 7 satellites. The main payload was the “Zhangheng-1”, a Chinese-built satellite designed to sense precursor signals emitted before earthquakes, research that could eventually lead to earthquake predictions. The rocket also orbited 6 smaller satellites: Fengmaniu-1; Shaonian Xing (Youth Star); ÑuSat-4 'Ada' (Aleph-1 4); ÑuSat-5 'Maryam' (Aleph-1 5); GomX-4A (Ulloriaq); GomX-4B.
On February 1, 2018 at 02:07 UTC the "Soyuz-2.1a” rocket-carrier was launched from Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome, in the Amur Oblast, in the Russian Far East. The rocket equipped with the “Fregat” upper stage orbited 11 Russian, German and U.S. satellites. The primary payloads were the “Kanopus-V” № 3 and № 4 Earth observation satellites. The two space vehicles, which each weigh about a half-ton, will assist the Russian government in disaster response, mapping, forest fire detection and resource monitoring.
On January 31, 2018 Ukrainian cosmonaut Leonid Kadeniuk passed away. He was 67. The former test-pilot of Soviet Union’s Air Force and a not-flown soviet cosmonaut, he became the first cosmonaut of independent Ukraine. He flew on NASA's Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as part of the international mission STS-87.
On January 31, 2018 at 21:25 UTC the "Falcon 9FT” rocket-carrier was launched from SLC-40 of Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force, Florida. The launch was performed by the "SpaceX” private company supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the GovSat-1 (SES-16) telecommunications satellite.
On January 25, 2018 at 05:40 UTC the Chang Zheng-2C (Long March-2C) rocket-carrier was launched from Xichang Cosmodrome, Sichuan province, southwestern China. The rocket orbited a fourth trio of Chinese “Yaogan-30” military satellites with secret missions. The Yaogan series of satellites are believed to be operated by the Chinese military for intelligence-gathering purposes.
On January 23, 2018, American astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle performed a spacewalk complete repairs to station robotic arm. The EVA (extravehicular activity) lasted 7 hours and 24 minutes. This was the third spacewalk for Mark Vande Hei and the first for Scott Tingle.
On January 21, 2018 at 01:43 UTC, the “Electron” rocket-carrier was launched from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, the commercial spaceport located on the Mahia Peninsula on the eastern coast of New Zealand's North Island. The rocket orbited 3 nanosatellites: “Dove Pioneer”, “Lemur-2” ('Tallhemn-ATC'), “Lemur-2” ('Marshall').
On January 20, 2018 at 00:48 UTC the “Atlas-5” rocket-carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral launch site of US Air Force. The launch was performed by United Launch Alliance supported by the 45th Space Wing of US Air Force. The rocket orbited the “SBIRS GEO-4” military satellite to fortify against missile attacks. The satellite will finish the initial deployment of US Air Force’s new-generation missile-warning network. SBIRS means Space-Based Infrared System.
On January 19, 2018, at 04:12 the “Long March –11” (“Changzheng-11”) rocket-carrier was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, the northwest of China. The rocket orbited 6 satellites: “Deqing-1”, “Linye-2”, “Xiangjiang New Area”, “Quantutong-1” (QTT-1), “Huaian Enlai”, “Kepler-1”.
On January 17, 2018 at 21:06 UTC the Japanese “Epsilon” rocket-carrier was launched from the Uchinoura Space Center situated close to the Japanese town of Kimotsuki, in Kagoshima Prefecture. The rocket orbited the Japanese “ASNARO-2” radar satellite. The ASNARO 2 satellite is beginning a five-year mission for NEC Corp. and Japan Space Systems, an organization founded and funded by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The project is the second for the ASNARO program, which stands for Advanced Satellite with New System ARchitecture for Observation.
On January 13, 2018 at 15:36 UTC the "Dragon” capsule splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in a distance of 625 kilometers to west from Baja California, a state in Mexico. The Dragon delivered to Earth about 1900 kilograms of cargo. It was the "SpaceX CRS-13” mission. CRS means Commercial Resupply Services. It was the 13th flight of Dragon to the ISS with docking.