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Wrong rainbow
In a rainbow, you will find the purple colour at the other side, near the blue, not near the red.
(CHINA - 1988)




Twin-star comet
Did you know that Halleys comet had a twin-star ?
(UNITED KINGDOM - )




People on the moon !
The only place where this nice family can watch the earth is on the moon !
(SAN MARINO - 1946)




Big ship hitting ther moon !
Look carefully at the ship on the right, you will see the moon stuck in the ropes of its sail.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1973)




Lost sun
The complete southern part of the earth is dark, as if the sun were shining straight on the northpole.
(AUSTRALIA - 1955)




Two suns
The sunlight on the earth and the moon clearly comes from two different directions, as if two suns were involved.
(SWITZERLAND - )




New planet
The planet Venus has disappeared, while an unknown planet is circling around the sun on the same lane as the earth.
(GERMANY - 1973)




Comet U-turn
Have you ever seen Halley's comet changing its mind, and making a U-turn in the sky ?
(BOTSWANA - 1986)




Planet ballet.
All the planets have their own moon, and are circling around the sun on the same lane.
(FRENCH POLYNESIA - 1973)




Broken sunrays
The sunrays are broken by the handle of this shovel
(GERMANY - 1947)




Upside down
Jupiter is represented upside down
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1975)




Wrong globe.
Impossible to recognise the continents on this globe, they only exist in the imagination of the designer.
(AUSTRIA - 1955)




Big shadow
As the sun is far away, the shadow of a plane on earth can never be larger than the plane itself.
(CAMEROON - )




Setting sun.
When someone pointed out that the first official issue of the new-born state did not show a rising sun, but a setting sun over the eastern front of the castle, the design was revised, and the sun carefully removed !
(CZECHOSLOVAKIA - 1918)




Rising sun.
The designer wanted a rising sun, as symbol for the nazi-regime. But he put it in the west, prefiguring perhaps the fall of that regime.
(GERMANY - 1943)




Missing color.
Wrong colors in this rainbow- correct on the other stamp.
(ISRAEL - )




Big plane !
As the sun is far away, the sunbeams are almost parallel, thus the shadow of a plane on earth can never be larger than the plane itself.
(NEW CALEDONIA - 1940)




Planet ballet.
All the planets have their own moon, and are circling around the sun on the same lane.
(FRENCH POLYNESIA - 1973)




Big shadow
As the sun is far away from the earth, the sunbeams are almost parallel. Thus the shadow of a plane on earth cannot be taller than the plane itself.
(REUNION - 1947)




Sun at night
The man on the Nautilus' deck is busy taking the altitude of the sun ....in the moon light.
(FRANCE - 1955)




Huge comet
The sight of Halley's comet is somewhat exaggerated.
(MALDIVES - 1985)




Not realistic
The size and the distance between sun and planets is completely wrong.
(GERMANY - 2009)




Wrong colors
Wong colors of the rainbow.
(NICARAGUA - 1995)




Transparent moon
As a symbol, a star in a moon crescent is acceptable. But not to illustrate a landscape, as this star lies behind the non illuminated surface of the moon.
(AZERBAIDJAN - 1919)




Southern Cross
Wrong representation of the Southern Cross constellation
(VICTORIA - 1886-8)




Southern Cross
Wrong representation of the Southern Cross constellation
(VICTORIA - 1901)




Wrong position
Sun comes up or goes down in the Nord.
(BRAZIL - 1930)




Wrong shadow
The shadow in the arch is inconsistent with the dark frontside, and thus with the sun shining from left.
(CANADA - 1939)




Out of proportion
Halley's comet filling the sky, a little bit out of proportion.
(CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 1986)




Mixed constellations
The Lepus (Hare) and Lupus (Wolf) constellations were interchanged.
(CZECHOSLOVAKIA - 1967)




Impossible combination
The sun crown is only visible during a total sun eclips, and thus cannot be seen together with the black spots on the sun surface.
(GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - 1964)




Giant step
Thos footstep covers almost the complete surface of the moon.
(BENIN - 1989)




Three errors
The moon map is showed upside down, UHR after the landing time is not necessary as there is already an H after 22, an the landing happened two days before full moon, not after full moon as depicted.
(GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - 1959)




New planet
A second planet visible from the moon ?
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1981)




Wrong direction
According to this stamp, in Port-au-Prince the sun rises or sets in the South.
(MARTINIQUE - 1922)




Too big
Geant footstep on the moon.
(AFGHANISTAN - 1969 )




Wrong title
Ed. Halley was never knighted, and the length of the comet is somewhat exaggerated.
(NIGER - 1985)




Exaggerated
The size and the proportion of the Halley comet are really exaggerated.
(SIERRA LEONE - 1985)




Geant meteor
In one of the craters the meteor which hit the moon surface did not desintegrate and is still visible.
(MANAMA - )




Wrong colors
Wong colors of the rainbow.
(MONGOLIA - 1980)




Wrong position
During the first moon landing, the sun was situated at the right side below the earth. The illumination of the earth is thus not correct.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1969)




Wrong colours
The colours of this rainbow have nothing in common with a real one.
(SPAIN - 1995)




Not visible
From where Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the earth was not visible.
(ALGERIA - 1969)




Too short
The distance between the polar star and the great Bear (Ursa Major) is much longer.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1959)




Wrong direction
According to the map, the sun is rising in the Nord.
(TURKEY - 1931)




Not visible
The earth was not visible from the surface of the moon during the first moon landing in 1969.
(GUINEA - 1969)




Inverted colours
The colours of this rainbow were inverted.
(GERMANY - 1974)




Wrong position
Wrong position of the left big star.
(BRAZIL - 1966)




On her side
The earth is shown inverted with a vertical equator.
(ALGERIA - 2008)




Wrong quote
Armstrong made an error while pronouncing his historical words : instead of 'That is one small step for a man', he said 'That is one small step for man'.
(AJMAN - )




Not the first
The first Earth satellite was not the USSR's Sputnik, but of course .... the Moon !
(GRENADA - 1985)




Too big
Halley's comet is really out of proportion.
(GRENADA GRENADINES - 1985)




Rainbow
Wrong representation of a rainbow, the colors were inverted.
(BRAZIL - 1993)




Rainbow
Wrong colors in this rainbow
(ALGERIA - )




Wrong colours
Rainbow with inverted colours
(ISRAEL - 1979)




Inverted colours
Inverted colours in the rainbow
(GERMANY - 1995)




Inverted colours
Inverted colours in the rainbow
(PORTUGAL - 1981)




Missing colours
Missing colours in the rainbow
(PORTUGAL - 1984)




Wrong shadows
On the left the shadow on earth is not coherent to the position of the sun, and on the right, there is no reason to have a red shadow.
(BULGARIA - 1965)




Wrong proportions
The relative sizes and de position of the inner planets and the sun are not respected. And where is the moon ?
(SWITZERLAND - 2009)




Strange
There is no atmosphere and thus no oxygen on the moon, how explain the impressive flame during the landing process ?
(BARBADOS - 1989)




Wrong moment
The solar eclipse in Zagreb had its peak at 12.48 pm, on the FDC this event is marked at 10.47 a.m.
(CROATIA - 1999)




Simplified colours
Simplified colours of this rainbow.
(JAPAN - 1993)




Wrong shadow
The shadow of the different objects has to bee parallel as the sun is far away.
(GERMANY - 1999)




Non visible star
A star cannot be visible in the dark part of the moon surface.
(PAKISTAN - 1956)