News 2017 - 2018


F.I.P. Lifetime Award for Beatrice Bachmann

A lifetime work for AstrophilatelyBeatrice Bachmann, the “Grand Old Lady of Astrophilately” was awarded the ‘Lifetime Award’ from the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) for her lifetime engagement for astrophilately. FIP honoured her historic successes during the PRAGA 2018 Exhibition as Founder-President of the FIP-Section for Astrophilately. She was in the Section from 1985 until 2000 and was delegate for Switzerland from 1985 until 2013.

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28/08/2018 : Gold for Astrophilately

The Palmares of the Belgian National Exhibition PHILEXNAM '18 at Ciney awarded the Gold Medal to the astrophilatelic exhibit "China in Space" by our Secretary Jacqueline Bekaert.

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24/03/2018 : 10 Years AS.IT.AF.

On March 24th 2018, during Milanofil Exhibition, our sister society in astrophilately will celebrate its 10th Anniversary.

We congratulate Umberto Cavallaro and his members for this anniversary.

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13/01/2018 : Slava Klotschko passed away.

Vyatscheslaw Klotschko was the expert for Cosmic Mail from Star City, near Moscow.

He was the author of a well known and well respected booklet
" Outer Space Mail of the USSR and Russia ", published in 2001.

We - astrophilatelists - are grateful that Slava put his knowledge on paper years ago !

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25/05/2017 : Festival del Volo in Milano.
On June 2nd a Flight Festival takes place in Milano. The show goes from balloons to airplanes to spaceflight. Special guest will be Franco Malerba, Italian astronaut. - read more.

14/05/2017 : Great American Solar Eclipse 2017.
Article from Jim Reichman on the Great American Solar Eclipse 2017, with chart of the cities where the eclipse will be complete and picture of the new stamps edited by US Post Office - read more.

04/2017 : On 6 May 2017, the Vaccari company will offer for sale many interesting Astrophilatelic material - take a look.

08/11/2016 : The end of the " Association Philatélique du CNES " - more

08/10/2016 : After the elections of the new Bureau of the FIP Section for Astrophilately, the FIP President Mr. Tay Peng Hian and FIP Secretary General Mrs. Andrée Trimmer-Schiltz thanked Igor Rodin for his 8 year period as Chairman of the Section. Igor Rodin was awarded th FIP Medal for Service.


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New movie about Apollo 11 flight : see trailer.

Google added the International Space Station as Street View in July 2017.

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Ever wanted to visit the ISS ? Of course, but impossible.
Not anymore : you can now explore the ISS with Google Street View !

Pictures were taken by French astronaut Pesquet and digitally arranged by Google to have a 360° view in the ISS.
Start your journey into humanity's most remote outpost.

- The International Cosmonaut Day was celebrated in the Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin.
The Honored Guests of the space festival were :
- Soviet Cosmonaut Aleksey Eliseev, veteran of 3 space flights;
- the first German cosmonaut Sigmund Jähn;
- German astronaut Thomas Reiter, advisor to the Director General of the European Space Agency.
More info and pictures at

FEPA placed information about Astro event in Berlin at its official website.

- From Igor Rodin we were told the sad news that Soviet veteran-cosmonaut Georgy Grechko passed away today at the age of 85. He was the first officially appointed space postmaster aboard the Salyut-6 space station.

New Books

October 2018
- The Race to the Moon, by Umberto Cavallaro
February 2017
- China's Astrophilatelic Activities, by Ling Fugen
October 2016
- Pionieerraketenpost und Kosmische Post, by Walter Hopferwieser