John Glenn and his Orbital Flight aboard Friendship 7

On February 20, 1962, while aboard Friendship 7, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in four hours, 55 minutes. He was one of the Mercury Seven, military test pilots selected in 1959 by NASA as the nation’s first astronauts. Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963. An … Continue reading John Glenn and his Orbital Flight aboard Friendship 7

Apollo 8 and Earthrise

Fifty years ago today, on December 27, 1968, the command module of the United States spacecraft known as Apollo 8 completed its mission at 15:51:42 UTC by achieving splashdown in the North Pacific Ocean, southwest of Hawaii. The mission lasted six hours, three hours and 42 seconds. This was the second manned spaceflight mission flown in the United States Apollo space program, launched on December … Continue reading Apollo 8 and Earthrise

National Bison Day & Mariner 10 Launch

After a bit of deliberation, I have decided to feature two stamps in this A Stamp A Day entry. Since 2012, the first Saturday in November (November 3 in 2018) has been marked as National Bison Day in the United States. The day is a commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical and economic contribution of the American bison (also commonly known as the American buffalo) … Continue reading National Bison Day & Mariner 10 Launch

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Apollo 15 & the Lunar Rover

On July 30, 1971, Apollo 15 landed on the Moon with the first Lunar Roving Vehicle. This was the ninth manned mission in the United States’ Apollo program, the fourth to land on the Moon, and the eighth successful manned mission. It was the first of what were termed “J missions”, long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on … Continue reading Apollo 15 & the Lunar Rover

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Gemini 10 Space Mission

At 10:20 pm (22:20:26 UTC) on July 18, 1966, the Gemini 10 space mission launched from  Cape Kennedy’s pad LC-19, carrying two astronauts. It was the eighth manned Project Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th spaceflight of all time. This was the first use of the Agena Target Vehicle’s propulsion systems while the spacecraft rendezvoused with the Agena Target Vehicle from Gemini … Continue reading Gemini 10 Space Mission