On the 50th anniversary of the first man’s flight in Cosmos (Yuri Gagarin), on the 30th anniversary of the first Romanian’s flight in Cosmos (Dumitru Dorin Prunariu) and on the 50th anniversary of the first session of COPUOS (UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space), Romfilatelia introduces into circulation the postage stamp issue entitled COSMOS 2011.

On the postage stamp with the face value of lei 3.00 is reproduced the image of Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, the first Romanian cosmonaut.

Dumitru Dorin Prunariu was the first Romanian to ever take part in a space flight (Soyuz 40 mission) within the Intercosmos Program, aboard Salyut 6 station (14th - 22nd of May 1961). Together with the Russian cosmonaut Leonid Ivanovich Popov, Dumitru Dorin Prunariu performed several scientific experiments, among which, an important study on the terrestrial magnetic field.

On the postage stamp with the face value of lei 4.70 is reproduced the image of the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968).

In 1961, on the 12th of April, the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 capsule was the first man to ever go on an orbital flight in the outer space.

50 years ago, was held the first Session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

The postage stamp of the souvenir sheet of the issue, with the face value of lei 8.70, reproduces the image of the Earth seen from the outer space, to which is added the explanatory text of the anniversary event: 50 years – the First COPUOS Session.

The Committee was established by the UN General Assembly in 1959 for the purpose of harmonising international cooperation in the field of the peaceful uses of outer space. Romania is a founding member of this Committee and was registered with COPUOS since 1959.

As reward for the activity and involvement of Romania in this field, our country holds the COPUOS Presidency, for the period June 2010 - June 2012, the elected President being the Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu.

From 9 to 12 May 2011, the International Academy of Astronautics holds in Bucharest the second Conference on protecting our planet from impacts by asteroids and comets, 2011 IAA Planetary Defense Conference - From Threat to Action.

The philatelic album is created into a limited run printing of 1000 copies, equipped with a special block of containing the postage stamps and the perforated souvenir sheet, numbered in red from 0001 to 1000, having imprinted in gold foiling the “first day” postmark of the issue.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 09.05.2011
Designer: Alec Bartos
Process: offset
Colours: 5 Colours
Size: 48 x 33 mm, 128 x 116 mm
Values: 3L, 4.70L, 8.70L