I show these stamps because they depict our home planet with the satellites beeping their way around it, oh and it has a red background. Wondering about the Postal Rocket? It was an experiment by the Cuban constructor Antonio Funes and Dr Tomas A Terry, president of the Cuban National Philatelic Club in 1939. The latter was the driving force and the rockets carried first day covers but being propelled by gunpowder and also being unstable they did not produce practical results. What a shame, just think of all the traffic that would have been kept off the road, I can just imagine giant rockets flying from post office to post office however
|Inauguration ceremony of Cuban Postal Rocket|
|Illustrator: Otto Schmidinger Designer; Beth McKinlay|
The stamps starting on the left show 1) an astronaut making a free fall entry from a cruise ship above her. She controls her descent using a personal thruster. 2) Skimmer craft leaving the cruise-ship 3) Flight crew are escorting two remote controlled cargo skimmer vessels 4) launch site as the maxi card 5) Terrain stamp shows two domed cities with a reservoir between with water being piped from Mars north pole and lastly on the far right 6) robots cleaning the kelp rods. The rods are filled with kelp and algae which is adding oxygen to the atmosphere. The rods are flexible so they can withstand the high winds on Mars.
I like the concept of this sheet showing what can be imagined and known at this point in time. Mars is not a very hospitable place, besides the cold (an average of -65 degrees Celsius or -85 Fahrenheit) the surface receives high levels of radiation. It is imagined colonist would either use caves or the geodesic domes shown on the stamp sheet. In the long term Mars could be terraformed to become an Earth like planet perhaps by releasing carbon dioxide locked under the polar caps by heating it with orbital mirrors. This would liberate water to fall as rain and raise the atmospheric pressure, eventually allowing microbes and plants to grow.
"Mars is there, waiting to be reached" Buzz Aldrin (astronaut)
“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!" Larry Niven (author)
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps. This week's theme - Space, Exploration and Planets