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Society News and Space Stamp News Archives - Page 11 New Astrophilatelic Association founded in Italy Another blank space in the European landscape of organized astrophilately has been filled: 15 Italian astrophilatetist have established AS.IT.AF, the Italian Astrophilately Association. Aimed as a reference point for space stamp and cover collectors in Italy, it was founded by a group of collectors with a solid experience in astrophilately and related aspects. "It aims at disseminating information on collecting, exchanging materials and sharing knowledge on how to participate to national and international exhibitions", says former ASSS member Umberto Cavallaro, the President of AS.IT.AF. and one of the founding members. ASITAF will be affiliated with the Federation of the Italian Philatelic Societies. A quarterly newsletter is planned, covering information on astrophilatelic and space events, with a particular focus on Italy. "We are currently 15 members and we expect to grow a little more in the next few months", Cavallaro adds. Paolo d'Angelo has been elected Vice President, and the Steering Committee consists of Luigi Bussolino, Giovannni Martina and Annibale Rega. ASSS member Pietro delta Maddalena serves as auditor. The annual fee is 30 Euro, and a membership application is available in Italian and English. Contact: AS.IT.AF, c/o Umberto Cavallaro — Via dei Platani 6/5 — 10090 Villarbasse (Torino) — Italy. email Thanks to Jurgen Esders for this information. Editor Meets Shuttle Pilot Wednes 21st June was a rare occasion in your Editor’s workplace when retired astronaut LT.Col Duane ‘Digger’ Carey, pilot of STS-109 - a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in March 2002 - visited Elgin High School as part of a tour around Scotland by a number of NASA personnel to encourage pupils to consider a Science career. Congratulations To our Russian member Igor Rodin who has become a member of the prestigious RPSL, The Royal Philatelic Society (London). Website Address This has been changed by webmaster Derek Clarke since our last issue and is now.. With the related new email address Articles Published Our Chairman Margaret Morris has an article on The Hubble Space telescope in Gibbons Stamp Monthly for May and your editor has articles on Yuri Gagarin in the April issues of STAMP and of Gibbons Stamp Monthly, a review of Major Milestones in Manned Spaceflight in the June edition of Themescene and China in Space / Space Tourism in Spaceflight for June. Giving Orbit a complete Run One of our newest members has managed to purchase issues 1—86 from a stamp dealer and with his latest new copies on joining now has a complete set. which very few members will have. Interesting that a dealer should have them for sale ! Have you thought about selling yours—or are they too cherished ! Jûrgen returns to Belgium Jurgen P. Esders, whom many members rely on for covers for spaceflight events has returned to his old stomping ground. His new address is Rue Paul Devigne 21-27, Boite 6, 1030 Bruxelles, but his email remains the same : Have You Heard of Catawiki yet ? No ?—you should try it soon See Catawiki is the online catalogue of collectables, including postage stamps. The catalogue is filled by users in the same way as Wikipedia. You can keep track of your collection and wish list for free.
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