USSR Cosmic Post Cover
by John Holland
The Souvenir cover illustrated, commemorates the Third Principle Expedition to ‘Salut—6”, and was from aboard the Orbiting Complex. The cover was taken there along with other items of mail by the unmanned craft Progress-5, and was returned with the Cosmonauts ‘Lyakhov and Ryumin’ on completion of a 175 day stay in space. The cover has their autographs. There is a circular cachet, which translates “Soyus—Salut Progress, 3rd Principle Expedition aboard Orbiting Complex”.
There is also a “Cosmodrome Baikonur” date stamp (returning date) 19/8/79. The inscription at bottom left reads: Cosmic Souvenir from aboard ‘Salut6’. The 10 kopek stamp features ‘Yuri Gagarin’ and the Vostok craft, and is from the 1977 set of six stamps issued to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Cosmic Era.