Friday, January 25, 2013

Gdansk, Poland

This cover from Gdansk, Poland has a pair of mineral stamps on it: gypsum and chrysoprase. Very nice.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

IceCube Neutrino Observatory, South Pole Station

This was sent to me from the Belgian team participating in the IceCube project this year at the South Pole station. The project was developed and is currently managed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Several other universities participate in research on the project including the Belgian universities Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons, University of Gent, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

IceCube is a large sensor array designed to detect neutrino particles as they pass through the array. In fact, they pass right through the Earth. The array is made up of long strings of sensors that are suspended over 1500m deep in shafts drilled into the icecap near the South Pole. The entire array occupies a cubic kilometer of ice.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ross Dependency - YROSIAE

This cover is from the Belgian team in the Antarctic studying sea ice near Scott Base. YROSIAE stands for Year Round survey of Ocean-Sea Ice-Air Exchanges.

Friday, January 4, 2013

USA Earthscapes FDC - Greenbelt, MD

The "Earthscapes" stamp on this FDC has a satellite image of ice breaking off of the foot of Bear Glacier in Alaska. The Earthscape stamps were issued 1 Oct 2012 in Greenbelt, Maryland: home of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Belgium Christmas FDC

2012 Belgian Christmas stamps on a first day cover. Very nice and much appreciated.