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Ross
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posted 12-06-2007 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The May-June Astrophile has now been printed and is being distributed. One article, by yours truly, is entitled "Was this Noa Cover Backdated?". No, it's not quite the one you are probably thinking of. See the Space Unit website for the cover and Astrophile for the answer. The article also asks questions about another USS Noa cover. But you need to read the article for that one. Any thoughts on this or the May-June Astrophile in general?

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posted 12-11-2007 05:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SRB   Click Here to Email SRB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The May/June issue arrived today and it is well worth the wait. I think it is an excellent reference for all the recovery covers for the M-G-A flights. That is a lot of information and pictures to pack into one issue of Astrophile. Well done!

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posted 12-11-2007 05:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got to echo SRB's post above - definitely well worth the wait!

Ross, your research on backdated Noas was excellent, albeit personally painful (I had sold a Noa with a PM in the postmark to get one with the spiffier cachet and alas, no PM...nerts!). And the Dan Kovalchik articles on tracking ships were so good they got me interested in an area that I had previously ignored.

Great issue and kudos to Jim Roth for taking the Astrophile to a whole new level.

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posted 12-11-2007 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great issue. I can not believe Micropooz (aka "D man") is just picking up tracking.

Dennis, I have a number of the MSTS extra tracking covers. Will show you when we meet with the DC autograph club.

All the new issues this year are fantastic, and in color! Who cares what the date is on issue, keep them coming! When is the next ATA space unit meeting?

micropooz
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posted 12-11-2007 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for bringing up the next Space Unit meeting Woody!

We are working on having a national meeting at the Americover show in Falls Church, Va (DC area) during the weekend of Aug 22 - 24. Haven't worked any more details, but will post them as they gel.

DOX32
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posted 12-12-2007 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, I may be around then this year so let me know.

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posted 12-14-2007 02:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredibly good research, writing and color illustrations. This issue will be a resource for collectors of recovery covers for many years. A+.

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posted 12-14-2007 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A+++

Ross
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posted 12-17-2007 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received mine today (Australia). Great issue with a huge number of illustrations. Really takes full advantage of being in colour. Congratulations to Jim for one of the best issues yet. My only small quibble is with the list of Project Mercury Recovery Ships. There are a number of errors (mind you, these same errors occur in most, if not all, such lists including NASA's and the US Navy's lists!), including perpetuating the myth that the USS Antietam was in the Pacific for MA-6. The most up to date list for the Manned Missions can be found on the Space Unit website.

Still, a great job.

Ross
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posted 02-16-2008 08:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The next issue (July/August) is now with the printer and should be mailed any day. The Sep-Oct issue is almost complete and proofs will be going to the reviewers next week so hopefully to the printer the following week. The Nov-Dec issue will be started shortly.

P.S. I believe the editor has been sick and that explains at least some of the delay.

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posted 02-20-2008 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just reviewed a copy of the Sept-Oct Astrophile for the editor and it looks great. We are in for another benchmark issue of the Astrophile, gang!!!

Ross
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posted 02-27-2008 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hot of the presses! The July/August issue is now being mailed.

The September/October issue on the way to the printer and they should have it on Wednesday.

The November/December issue is on the Editors desk.

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posted 03-03-2008 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just got my latest ASTROPHILE. Also, dues notice for 2008, so be sure to return the notice soonest. Another great issue! Keep em coming!!

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posted 03-15-2008 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest issue Sept-Oct 2007 Astrophile has been received. Another fantastic issue. Comments welcomed.

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Ross
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posted 07-10-2008 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Unit's Nov/Dec 2007 Astrophile is now at the printers and will be mailed to members shortly. Sure to be another great issue.

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posted 07-10-2008 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When are dues to be sent each year for ATA Space Unit? Do not get notices when they are due.

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posted 07-11-2008 05:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An envelope to mail the dues is included with the Astrophile mailing when the dues are to be sent.

This upcoming issue contains photos of space covers you have probably NEVER seen before ...... as Ross said it will be in the mail soon.

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posted 07-26-2008 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Unit's Nov/Dec 2007 Astrophile has been received. One article of note is the Astrophile's first newsletter published in November 1957. We have come a long way in 50 years. The offer still stands if anybody wants to see a copy of the Astrophile send me an email with your mailing address and I'll send you a copy as well as a membership application.

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posted 07-26-2008 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another great issues! Of note are the Space Unit postcards noted on pages 253-257. I have 11 of them.

Note: found this error on page 253: SP-2 and SP-3 pictures are reversed (wrong pictures shown for Galileo and Tsiolokovsky) I have both of these cards!

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posted 07-28-2008 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just arrived in Australia today. Another great issue. I particularly liked the articles on the history of the Space Unit and the unusual and fascinating article by Steve Durst on General Barry's Civil War Rocket Battalion.

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posted 07-28-2008 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Jan/Feb 2008 issue of the Space Unit's Astrophile has been sent to the printers and should be mailed out to members in the near future.

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posted 08-14-2008 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The January/February 2008 issue of Astrophile arrived in Australia today. Another great issue with lots of photos of stamps and covers. Includes several articles on Science Fiction in Stamps, 50th Anniversary of Explorer 1, 5th Anniversary of STS-107 (a multitude of covers and stamps in this one) and much more.

Well Done to Jim Roth, the Editor.

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posted 11-20-2008 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The March/April issue is the latest issue of Astrophile. Due to problems that have be documented in recent issues of Astrophile, including sickness, it is several issues behind schedule. The front covers and contents pages of all issues of Astrophile since July/August 2005 are shown of the SU web site. Choose 'Astrophile - Latest' from the menu on the main page and then 'Previous Astrophiles'. That will show you every issue since 2005.

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posted 02-01-2009 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As of today I still have not recieved the May/June edition with the dues notice. Did it get lost?

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posted 02-01-2009 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was picked up from the printer and is another GREAT issue - as you will see. It is being prepped for mailing and will be in your hands soon.

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posted 02-08-2009 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on feedback received, members have begun receiving their copies...

Ross
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posted 02-10-2009 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received the latest Astrophile in Australia. Another great issue! The article by Ben Ramkissoon on 'Creating a Great Astrophilatelic Exhibit' is a must read for anyone considering exhibiting.

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posted 02-11-2009 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just go the May/June Astrophile. Also, got the dues notice and a brown form for the Space unit Ballot. It says on page 102 to vote by JAN 30, 2009.

Hard to vote by this date when I received the ballot on FEB 09 2009. If I send the ballot, will it count?

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posted 02-12-2009 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received my Astrophile, which is loaded with great color illustrations and good content.

I wonder if it is more realistic to make the Astrophile a quarterly publication.

It is larger and more like a magazine than the newsletters we published years ago. With the internet, the Astrophile is less a source of immediate news than a reference source. The editors do it as a labor of love because they receive just a token stipend and each issue takes many hours to prepare.

What do you think?

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Just checked the Space Unit web site and the election closing date is March 15, 2009.

That gives everyone time to get the lastest Astrophile (worth the wait) and the ballot plus dues mailed back in time!

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posted 04-20-2009 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astrophile #305 (July/August) has now been mailed. US members should receive their copy any day. This issue is devoted to Mars but also has other interesting articles. As usual the cover and contents pages can be seen on the Space Unit website.

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posted 04-20-2009 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received the July/Aug 2008 Astrophile today by first class mail.

The issue compiles all the unmanned Mars missions with descriptions of the flights and extensive color illustrations of covers relating to each.

Another fine effort.

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posted 04-24-2009 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astrophile issue 305 arrived in Australia today. Another excellent issue with a host of covers from all the main Mars' missions. The wide variety of covers that are illustrated came from quite a wide range of Space Unit members and make for a very interesting issue. The issue also contains a number of other articles and regular columns.

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posted 07-07-2009 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The lastest issue is illustrated on the Space Unit website. It is July-August 2008, issue #305.

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I received my copy of the latest issue of the Astrophile "U.S. Planetary Exploration: Part 3 Jupiter & Beyond."

The 48 page issue includes covers and details about the Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini misions. It is profusely illustrated in color and contains execellent content. I found the listing of Saturn's moons very useful.

The issue is listed as "September/October, 2008"-- more than a year behind schedule. The Astrophile is supposed to be bi-monthly but more recently has been on what appears to be a quarterly basis. Certainly the Astrophile contains more content with 48 pages an issue than in the past. However, if the editors cannot put out 6 issues a year, they should IMO acknowlege that reality and re-align the date and year on the headings of future issues. People in the future who read this Sept/Oct 2008 issue will wonder why there is news about a September 2009 meeting in Baltimore.

Years ago-- before the internet-- the Astrophile was a primary news source for space stamp and cover collectors. It has become less of a newsletter and more of a reference volume. The current editors have made it visually attractive with modern graphics and color illustrations of covers and stamps.

I have no problem if it is issued quarterly. but this should be done explicitly. Will the November/December 2008 issue come out in 2009 or 2010?

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I just received my copy of Astrophile for May-Aug 2009. Yes, that's not a typo, it is for 2009. While a year "late", what an issue. There is a fine article by Steve Durst on postal covers relating to the Apollo 11 mission. Moreover there are fabulous articles by Chris and Paul Calle showing their stamp art, including many preliminary designs for their work. The Calle articles are almost 40 pages long, all in color. It was easily worth waiting a year to get this issue commemorating the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. Congratulations to all involved in producing this great journal.

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THIS issue of the Astrophile, on Apollo 11 just arrived as reported above. It is ABSOLUTELY spectacular and the only thing I see "wrong", is that MY name is NOT in it anywhere! HA HA HA!

This is a true publication that ANY space buff is going to want on their shelf, even if they have never touched a cover! WOW!

I am absolutely dumbfounded that such a grand issue could come off the presses these days... the color is outstanding and the paper quality will outlive most of us!

Thanks to ALL who had a hand in this! I just recently sent a renewal in, so I was lucky I did not wait. THANKS, SPACE UNIT!

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It's a masterpiece! Congratulations to all those involved.

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posted 08-17-2010 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DOX32   Click Here to Email DOX32     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a C76 collector, this issue really MADE MY DAY!! Thank you.

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posted 12-22-2010 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received issue 310 of the Astrophile today. It is consists of a masterful review of Project Gemini. There are literally hundreds of color photos and color illustrations of covers and stamps from the Project Gemini era (1962-1966).Most of the articles are written by noted cover collector and Space Unit VP Steve Durst.

The 96-page issue ls marked "September-December 2009" (Vol. 54, No. 3). Astrophile Editor Jim Roth is trying to catch up by putting out double issues.

This issue is a great reference work for the Gemini program, which paved our way to the moon. Well done.


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