FLOWN TO MIR FROM THE SOVIET UNION, RETURNED TO EARTH AFTER A NEW RUSSIAN ERA.
Crew-signed envelope, stamped multiple times on-board MIR, having travelled 300 million miles and orbited earth over 10,000 times.
SIGNED BY VASILI TSIBLIYEV, GENNADI MANAKOV, ALEXANDER POLESHUK AND TOKTAR AUBAKIROV of Kazakstan WHILE ON MIR, as well as by FRANZ VIEHBOECK from Austria, and JEAN-PIERRE HAIGNERE from France while in-orbit, and later by SERGEI KRIKALYOV. This Soviet envelope which was printed in 1988 to commemorate 30 years of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, has had a remarkable journey. In 1990 postage was added and it was first stamped commemorating the April 12th launch of Gagarin. Then it was launched to the MIR space station, when it was first crew signed and stamped with the on-board MIR stamps on October 4th, 1991, including the two beautiful MIR stamps in the upper left corner. While remaining in orbit for about 2 years, further on-board crew signatures and MIR Orbital Space Station stamps were added on October 10th, 1991, July 3rd, 1993 and July 22nd, 1993.
Highly experienced Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalyov signed later since he wasn't able to sign onboard during very turbulent times for his homeland. After a 10 month stay on MIR from May 1991 through March 1992, Krikalyov returned to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union, which earned him the widely known nickname "the last Citizen of the USSR".