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International Space Station Signed Cover

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to announce offering of this extremely special cover as commissioned by the Sieger of Lorch Germany. This cover is not a private mail but an official space mail released by an independent postal administration. With this cover you will own a sensational gem and for which we have ONLY 10 AVAILABLE.

The cover is authenticated with a detailed certificate from Walter Hopferwieser from Austria, the associate expert for space mail and editor of the catalogue entitled "Pionierraketenpost und kosmische Post" (pioneer's rocket mail and cosmic mail).


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£399.00 inc. VAT


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Product Code: XE95

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  • The journey of our cover to ISS started in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man on 14th February, 2018. On this occasion a special cancellation featuring the words 'First Official Isle of Man Space Mail to the ISS' was available and illustrated by a stylized space station. The cover left Isle of Man Post Office by registered mail (on its 2,500 km long way) to Moscow's Cosmonaut Training Centre in Zvezdniy Gorodok to the attention of Oleg Artyemyev.

    On land the journey went on to Baykonur Cosmodrome, another 2,500 km away. From there, our space cover from Isle of Man started its way on 21st March, 2018 at 17.44 hours (UTC) to the ISS on board a Soyus MS-08 spacecraft. On board were (apart from the 248 space covers) Cosmonaut Oleg Artyemyev as well as the two American astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold. Docking at the Space Station took place two days later on 23rd March, 2018 at 19.40 hours (UTC), documented by the black cancellation mark of the Russian Segment of ISS on the front of the cover, underneath you see the blue octogonal station cancellation of RKK Energia.

    During the approximately 6.5 months' stay on board the ISS, the cover was signed by the total crew i.e. Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Artyemyev, Sergei Prokopyev and the Astronauts Norishige Kanai, Scott Tingle, Andrew Feustel, Richard Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor. At this point, we would like to notet that American astronauts rarely sign covers.

    After a total of 196 days, the Isle of Man Official Space Cover returned to earth on board of Soyus MS 08. Disconnection took place at 7.57 hours (UTC) that was documented by the blue cancellation mark made by Russian Space Agency Roskosmos on 4th October, 2018.  On the same day at 11.45 hours (UTC) landing took place in the Kazakh Steppe about 150 km south east of Shesqasghan, the district's capital – close to the 37 square km Kengir Reservoir. The touchdown was hard and even though none of our covers were damaged, the American astronaut Arnold broke some bones because his seat was not correctly locked in place.

    On the back of the cover you will see the large sized Isle of Man Postal Administration's registration label dated 14th February 2018 as well as another special cancellation mark on the occasion of this very first official space mail.

    This cover is something very special as it is not a private mail but an official space mail released by an independent Postal Administration. With this cover you will own a sensational gem.

    The cover is authenticated with a detailed certificate from Walter Hopferwieser from Austria, the associate expert for space mail and editor of the catalogue called 'Pionierraketenpost und kosmische Post" (pioneer's rocket mail and cosmic mail).

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