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

Malaysia’s First Satellites

Malaysia isn’t really that far from where I live in southern Thailand, perhaps 90 minutes on an airplane will get me to the capital of Kuala Lumpur a flight I’ve made only once. I took the bus to Penang dozens of times in late 2010 (my last trips south of Phuket, actually) when my business visa expired in the midst of Bangkok’s worst flooding in … Continue reading Malaysia’s First Satellites

United States #1435 (1971)

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

United States #C76 (1969)

Apollo 11 Moon Landing

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on the Moon at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first human in history to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the … Continue reading Apollo 11 Moon Landing

United States #1332 (1967)

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

Skylab Launched

On May 14, 1973, Skylab was launched unmanned by a modified Saturn V rocket, with a weight of 170,000 pounds (77,111 kg). The launch is sometimes referred to as Skylab 1, or SL-1. Skylab was the United States’ first space station, orbiting Earth from 1973 to 1979, when it fell back to Earth amid huge worldwide media attention. Launched and operated by NASA, Skylab included a … Continue reading Skylab Launched

Dubai #123 (1970)

Dubai #123 (1970)

The Emirate of Dubai (إمارة دبيّ‎‎) is one of seven states, termed emirates, on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf which combined to form the United Arab Emirates on December 2, 1971. Before 1971, the UAE was known as the Trucial States (إمارات الساحل المتصالح‎‎), in reference to a nineteenth-century truce between the United Kingdom and several Arab sheikhs; the treaties established an informal protectorate by … Continue reading Dubai #123 (1970)