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Society News and Space Stamp News News - Page 1     Page 2     Page 3 Special Postmark for International Museum Day : May 18th The postmark illustrates a cute Martian girl whose hobby, believe it or not is collecting stamps ! Haruki has used 1992 Japanese stamps showing satellites and the ISS in order to make the strike more appropriate and as an indicia a Paraguayan issue showing cute aliens to complement the theme of the cancel. North Korea’s Constellations New Issue Below is an image of new stamps issued by North Korea on 20 April 2014 showing constellations Bootes, Ursa Major, Virgo & Cygnus on the 30, 50, 70 and 90 won square stamps and on the long vertical 110 won stamp are asterisms of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Wubbo Ockels Passes We note with great sadness the death of the first Dutch astronaut Prof. Wubbo Ockels who died from cancer on 18th May 2014. Bert van Eijck will pay a full tribute to this very brave man who openly declared his death a year in advance—see Orbit 99 for October 2013. Orbit awarded at Scottish Congress on Cosmonautics Day 2014 As readers may recall, your editor entered a competitive display for the first time ever last Autumn: cf Orbit #100 p8ff., where he said he would try to improve his exhibit—on the ISS—taking into account the critique he received for his entry into the BTA Cup, when he submitted material to the 85th Annual Congress of the Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies, to be held at Perth 11-12 April. This time Jeff also entered some recent copies of Orbit into the Literature Competition. Orbit was awarded 82 pts and a Large Silver Gilt medal and The James Merrylees Trophy in the form of a Quaich. The reworked ISS two frame entry received 79 pts and a Small Silver Gilt. Photos on this page taken by Scottish member Bob Catto show Jeff receiving the Quaich from Dr David Kindley. Congress President, and a presentation of a framed print of a Herschel telescope from our esteemed Chairman Emeritus Margaret Morris on behalf of the Society for the 100th issue of Orbit and 20 years of service as Editor. Flowers were also presented by Margaret for Jeff’s wife Eve who designs our front covers and also serves as ASSS Treasurer. Margaret had received the award on behalf of the Society at the Congress dinner the previous night as Jeff was returning from holiday and was unable to attend. So rather appropriately he first laid hands on the trophy on Cosmonautics Day 2014 ! News - Page 1     Page 2     Page 3
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