Space Oddities

Vintage set of Yuri Gagarin souvenir postcards

Yuri Gagarin Postcard Set
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on this day - 9 March - in 1934, so today seems an excellent moment to look at this wonderful set of vintage postcards issued in 1969. The set consists of 25 uncirculated souvenir postcards illustrating important moments - both public and private - in his all too short life, which ended on 27 March 1968 after his pane crashed during a routine training flight. [...]

Vintage 1962 Vostok 3 and 4 pin badge

Vintage 1962 Vostok 3 and 4 pin badge
This vintage 1962 Vostok 3 and 4 pin badge is a wonderful piece of Soviet space memorabilia. It commemorates the successful launch of space rockets Vostok 3 and Vostok 4 on 11 and 12 Aug 1962, which were piloted by Soviet cosmonauts Andrijan Nikolajev and Pavel Popowitsch (aka The Heavenly Brothers) respectively. [...]

Romanian airmail space stamps issued in 1964

Topical collecting of space-themed stamps  is a popular area of philately with many stamp collectors, young and old, focussing their attention on postage stamps from around the world featuring astronauts and cosmonauts. This striking set of commemorative air mail stamps picturing both Soviet [...]

Spacesuit Facts

Do you know why NASA extravehicular activity (EVA) suits are white? Astronauts wear white spacesuits when they leave the safety of the space shuttle or International Space Station and go on spacewalks outside for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, white reflects heat so that the astro [...]

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