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SPACE CRAFT COVERS (SCC),
1961 - 1965

Commemorative cacheted covers for
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One of the "Space Craft Covers" cacheted covers

Space Craft Covers (SCC)
Notes

  • Space Craft Covers (SCC) are the "Cadillac's" of space cacheted covers. They were the first major producer of space event covers and consistentely covered all major space events exclusively. They distinguished themselves in the significance of their cachets, which were designed by Carl Swanson, the noted former NASA space artist. Mr. Swanson's creations were produced in a unique manned by researching the details of the event AFTER it occured. Two color cachets were applied to covers after they were cancelled insuring that all major and factual details of the cachet were correct. Many covers came with stuffer cards or paper inserts giving additional details and illustrations of the space event being commemorated.
  • Space Craft Covers was operated by Joe Fitzpatrick while Carl Swanson did all the artwork. Unfortunately when Fitzpatrick died in March 1970 the regular Space Craft cover series came to an end. Carl Swanson announced that Space Craft would only continue to provide covers for manned events, and these covers would be called "Manned Space Craft Covers". Covers under this name were issued for the remaining Apollo flights of Apollo 13 through 17. These covers will be listing in a forthcoming pricelist. However a few individual covers are already listed on my other pricelists.
  • Most space cover collectors collect the Space Craft Cover series because of their outstanding beauty, accuracy of the event being commemorated in both text and in the detailed drawing of the satellite or spacecraft.
  • Some of the postmarked covers were produced in very limited quantities and are quite scarce. This is reflected in the prices.
  • With the exception of the first few SCC covers which are only in one color, I do not give the colors of the cachet, but just list them as two color cachets.
  • Why are the majority the early Space Craft Covers cancelled with the Patrick Air Force Base Florida cancel? In the early days of the space program there were only two postmarks available for space covers, the first being Patrick Air Force Base Florida and the second being Port Canaveral. Joe Fitzpatrick, the operator of SCC believed that the Patrick Air Force Base cancel was the most appropriate as it is the official military postoffice for Cape Canaveral, where the launches took place. Port Canaveral had no connection with the launch area, it was just a small village and the "port" was a fueling station for east coast shipping. However the servicer who obtained the postmarks for SCC also had a limited amount of covers cancelled at the Port Canaveral postoffice, and so some SCC covers do exist cancelled with both the Patrick AFB and the Port Canaveral postmarks. Space Craft Covers began offering their covers with the new Cape Canaveral Postmark when it became available in 1963.
  • When the Kennedy Space Center Florida postmark became available it was not available at first for dealers to have large quantities of covers cancelled, and so SCC obtained uncacheted covers from individuals and applied its cachets to these limited quantities gathered. And so covers cancelled at Kennedy Space Center prior to the November 1969 Apollo 12 flight are quite scarce compared to the SCC covers cancelled in the quantities of 500 to 1000 for the other locations. The Kennedy Space Center Florida postmark became available to dealers for Apollo 12 and thereafter.
  • Space Craft Covers are becoming more difficult to find as more collectors become aware of them and want to specialize in this particular cachet series. Now would be the ideal time to complete or start your Space Craft Cover collection!

  • All covers have a catalog number from the "Space Craft Covers Catalog" by Charles J. Vukotich. Please see a review of this catalog in the Book Review section of this website. This catalog has many illustrations and the history of SCC. I highly recommend this catalog for your space library.
  • My Item IDs for these SCC covers listed below are slightly different than what is in the SCC catalog. The catalog does not give different numbers for a hand cancel and a machine cancel from the same postoffice. When both cancels are available and only one catalog number is given, I will give the ID number a suffix of "H" for Hand cancel or a "M" for Machine cancel. To find the SCC catalog number you will find it in the first part of the text in parenthesis, such as (SCC 105).

General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
SCC01013MA$90.0009/13/1961P
(SCC 013), MERCURY MAN IN SPACE CAPSULE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 flag stamp, with a purple SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing a Project Mercury capsule over Florida, and text: "Mercury Man-in- space Capsule. 'Talking Robot Astronaut', 100 miles above the earth, 17,500 miles per hour, orbit around the earth, parachute landing in the Atlantic Ocean." Unaddressed.

SCC01016MB$20.0011/16/1961P
(SCC 016), TRANSIT IV-B/TRAAC SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the two satellites and text: "Transit IV- B, Navy Beacon Atom powered 'Radio Star', to provide an all weather method for global navigation. Traac: 'Piggy Back Rider', (Transit Research and Altitude Control), to test the feasibility of using Earth's gravitational field to face toward the Earth" Unaddressed.

SCC01016MC$18.0011/16/1961P
(SCC 016), TRANSIT IV-B/TRAAC SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the two satellites and text: "Transit IV- B, Navy Beacon Atom powered 'Radio Star', to provide an all weather method for global navigation. Traac: 'Piggy Back Rider', (Transit Research and Altitude Control), to test the feasibility of using Earth's gravitational field to face toward the Earth." Light pencil address. (NOTE: The postmark is heavy cancelled, price has been reduced accordingly). IMAGE

SCC01031MA$12.0004/26/1962P
(SCC 031), ARIEL (1) U.S./U.K. SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Ariel satellite over map of the U.S. and text: "First U.S.-British International Space Satellite, Ariel. Designed to obtain information on: cosmic rays, electron density, electron temperature, the ion spectrum, the solar x-rays and ultra violet solar spectrum. Launched by thor delta booster rocket 200-600 mile orbit above the earth." Unaddressed.

SCC01035MEAU$65.0007/10/1962P
(SCC 035), TELSTAR (1) COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE LAUNCH AUTOGRAPHED COVER, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury Stamp (#1193) space capsule over earth, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Telstar satellite sending signals to a telephone and a television, and text: "Telstar, active communications satellite, 'Tower in the Sky'. First 'live' television picture of Old Glory relayed from Telstar on 6th orbit. Experiments in the relaying of telephone calls, television signals and other communications overseas. Designed and built by Bell Telephone Laboratories of AT&T Co." Unaddressed, however there is a light label stain where it looks like an address label was. Cover autographed "John R. Pierce" (He was the builder of the first communcations satellite and worked for Bell Telephone Labs as Executive Director). IMAGE

SCC01038MB$50.0008/27/1962P
(SCC 038), MARINER II SPACECRAFT LAUNCH, AUTOGRAPHED COVER, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Mariner 2 spacecraft, with text: "Interplanetary spaceship, Mariner II, first step to explore Venus, 3-1/2 month journey across 36 million miles to fly by Venus. Will unlock secrets of extraterrestrial life, of the origin of the solar system and of the universe beyond. Launched by Atlas Agena B." Unaddressed. Autographed by TWO scientists directly connected with Mariner 2: 1st: "M.H. Pickering". (as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the spacecraft was built. Pickering died in 2004). and 2nd: autographed & inscribed: "Merle Alexander, Cosmic Dust Experimenter, Mariner II". (He is from Goddard Space Flight Center Astrophysical Branch)

SCC01041AMA$8.0009/29/1962L
(SCC 041a), COURIER TYPE SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Lompoc CA, on 4 cent Echo Satellite space Stamp (#1173), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Courier satellite orbiting around earth, with text: "Courier Type Satellite. Communications Navicational Systems Network. Launched by Thor Agena 29 Sept 1962 USAF." small printed address.

SCC01045HA$12.0010/18/1962C
(SCC 045), RANGER 5 SPACECRAFT LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Ranger 5 spacecraft over the lunar surface, and earth in the background, with text: "Ranger 5 TV Lunar Spacecraft, 65 hour flight, 238,000 miles missing moon by 300 miles. Unable to take closeup pictures of the moon as planned or land instrumented capsule. Boosted into orbit by Atlas Agena B rocket. 18 October 12:59 pm EDT." Unaddressed. IMAGE

SCC01047AMA$10.0010/31/1962P
(SCC 047a), ANNA 2 GEODETIC SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick AFB FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the satellite, a divider & earth, with text: "Anna II Geodetic Satellite, Flashing light beacon. Experiments are designed to: give extremely accurate measurements of the shape of the earth, determine the earth's magnetic field, verify more precise mapping data of distances between two points. Instrument illustrated between earth and satellite is a proportional divider, used in mapping... any distance measured by the points at one end is equal to that measured by those at the other. Booster: Thor Able Star. Launched 3:08 am EST Oct. 31 " Unaddressed. (This cachet is identical to the Anna I cacheted cover (SCC#32) of May 10, 1962, except for the inscription of "Anna II", and this is the only cover in the SCC series where cachets are identical).

SCC01047HA$10.0010/31/1962C
(SCC 047), ANNA 2 GEODETIC SATELLITE LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the satellite, a divider & earth, with text: "Anna II Geodetic Satellite, Flashing light beacon. Experiments are designed to: give extremely accurate measurements of the shape of the earth, determine the earth's magnetic field, verify more precise mapping data of distances between two points. Instrument illustrated between earth and satellite is a proportional divider, used in mapping... any distance measured by the points at one end is equal to that measured by those at the other. Booster: Thor Able Star. Launched 3:08 am EST Oct. 31 " Unaddressed. (This cachet is identical to the Anna I cacheted cover (SCC#32) of May 10, 1962, except for the inscription of "Anna II", and this is the only cover in the SCC series where cachets are identical).

SCC01048HBQ$75.0011/16/1962C
(SCC 048), SATURN SA-3 ROCKET LAUNCH, AUTOGRAPHED COVER, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the saturn launch, with text: "SA-3 Saturn Moon Rocket, Saturns will launch man to the moon and satellites to Venus & Mars. To further test: the booster propulsion, control system, verify structural & aerodynamic desigh of the rocket & prove the functioning of the launch complex. Launched 12:45 pm EST" Unaddressed. Autopen autographed by Wernher von Braun. (NOTE: an AUTOPEN autograph is one that is made by a machine using a template, rather than the individual signing in person, and this cover is accordingly priced lower than a genuine autograph.) IMAGE

SCC01050MA$10.0012/14/1962C
(SCC 050), RELAY 1 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite over earth globes, with text: "Relay I, a sequel to Telstar. 'Live' TV link to Europe. First active real-time repeater communication satellite, designed and built by RCA... Booster: Thor Delta 6:30 pm EST". Unaddressed. (NOTE: Relay 1 was launched on Dec. 13 however the Cape Canaveral post office was closed at time of launch, and these covers received the cancel when it reopened Dec. 14).

SCC01056BM$8.5004/03/1963P
(SCC 056b), EXPLORER 17 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite, and text: "Explorer 17, Aeronomy satellite, exploring the secrets of the earth's upper atmosphere. 'Flying Laboratory'. Launched by Delta rocket, 9:00 p.m. EST". unaddressed. (NOTE: Explorer 17 was launched on April 2, however the Patrick AFB Post office was closed at time of launch, and this cover received the next day cancel of April 3, 1963).

SCC01056H$12.0004/02/1963SB
(SCC 056), EXPLORER 17 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Satellite Beach FL, on 4 cent Project Mercury space stamp showing the Mercury space capsule over the earth. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite, and text: "Explorer 17, Aeronomy satellite, exploring the secrets of the earth's upper atmosphere. 'Flying Laboratory'. Launched by Delta rocket, 9:00 p.m. EST". unaddressed. (Scarce cover, cancelled on day of launch, most other covers for this launch cancelled the next day due to the 9 p.m. time of the launch). IMAGE

SCC01064MA$10.0009/28/1963V
(SCC 064), TRANSIT 5-B SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Vandenberg AFB CA, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite over a nuclear submarine, with earth map in background, with text: "Transit 5-B Navy Atomic Satellite. Precise navigation for Polaris submarines, ships in all kinds of weather. Launched by a Thor-Able-Star booster". Unaddressed.

SCC01070M$7.0001/21/1964C
(SCC 070), RELAY 2 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent "The Sciences" stamp (#1237), depicts a stylized view of the universe. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite on a television screen, and text: "Relay 2 TV Satellite, worldwide communications. Launched by Delta 4:15 p.m. EST". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01076AMA$15.0004/15/1964P
(SCC 076a), FIRE 1 (A MOCK UP SPACE CAPSULE) LAUNCH/REENTRY, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing a mock up space capsule making a reentry, with text: "Fire 1. 'Flying Thermometer', will measure re-entry heat which future returning Apollo & lunar spacecraft will encounter. Launched by Atlas D 4:42 pm EST". Small rubber stamp address. NOTE: for some reason this cover is cancelled the day after the actual launch, the postoffice should have been open. Price has been reduced accordingly).

SCC01076HA$20.0004/14/1964C
(SCC 076), FIRE 1 (A MOCK UP SPACE CAPSULE) LAUNCH/REENTRY, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing a mock up space capsule making a reentry, with text: "Fire 1. 'Flying Thermometer', will measure re-entry heat which future returning Apollo & lunar spacecraft will encounter. Launched by Atlas D 4:42 pm EST". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01076MA$20.0004/14/1964C
(SCC 076), FIRE 1 (A MOCK UP SPACE CAPSULE) LAUNCH/REENTRY, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing a mock up space capsule making a reentry, with text: "Fire 1. 'Flying Thermometer', will measure re-entry heat which future returning Apollo & lunar spacecraft will encounter. Launched by Atlas D 4:42 pm EST". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01079MQ$20.0005/28/1964C
(SCC 079), SATURN SA-6 LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL on 5 cent flag stamp. With a two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing a Apollo capsule separating from the Saturn rocket and picture of an astronaut. With text reading: "Saturn SA-6, First unmanned 'Boilerplate' model of the Apollo spacecraft with escape tower to orbit Earth. Paving the way for manned lunar landing and other space probes. Launched 1:07 P.M. EDT". Small one line rubber stamp address. IMAGE

SCC01081MA$6.0007/17/1964C
(SCC 081), NUCLEAR DETECTION SATELLITES LAUNCHED, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair postal stationary envelope showing a satellite in orbit around earth (#U546), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing three satellites in orbit, with text: "Nuclear Detection Satellites, 'Radiation Snoopers'. Launched by Atlas Agena 4:22 am EDT". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01083MA$16.0007/22/1964C
(SCC 083), ASSET (3) WINGED SPACECRAFT LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the winged spacecraft over Florida, with text: "Asset Flying Lab. Forerunner of future Delta winged space ships. Launched by Thor 11:40 am EDT". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01085HA$8.0008/19/1964C
(SCC 085), SYNCOM (3) SATELLITE LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair postal stationary envelope showing a satellite in orbit around earth (#U546), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Syncom satellite over the pacific ocean, with text: " Syncom Olympic TV Relay Station. To bring the 1964 Olympic Games 'live' from Japan. Launched by thrust augmented Delta 8:15 am EDT". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01086MA$8.0008/25/1964V
(SCC 086), EXPLORER 20 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Vandenberg AFB CA, on 4 cent Abe Lincoln definitive stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite , with text: "Explorer 20, 'Topsi', to investigate why the ionosphere acts as a mirror for radio waves and radar. Launched by Scout booster 9:43 am EDT". Unaddressed.

SCC01088HA$8.0009/01/1964C
(SCC 088), TITAN 3A ROCKET LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Titan launch, with text: "Titan 3A Military Space Rocket. To achieve military superiority in space. The rocket is to form the heart of the future powerful Titan 3C. Launched 10:00 am EDT Sept. 1, Cape Kennedy". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01092MA$8.0010/04/1964P
(SCC 092), EXPLORER 21 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair postal stationary envelope showing a satellite in orbit around earth (#U546), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Explorer 21 satellite orbiting earth, with text: "Explorer 21, 'Flying Physics lab' to gather research of cosmic radiation through space on swift solar winds. Launched by Delta 11:45 pm EDT, 3 Oct. 1964". Small rubber stamp address. (NOTE: Explorer 21 was launched on Oct. 3, however the Patrick AFB post office was closed at time of launch, and these covers received the cancel when it reopened Oct. 4).

SCC01093MA$8.0010/09/1964V
(SCC 093), EXPLORER 22 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Vandenberg AFB CA, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite over earth, with text: "Explorer 22 Beacon, Laser Beam Experiment". Unaddressed.

SCC01097MA$8.0011/21/1964V
(SCC 097), EXPLORER 24 & 25 SATELLITES LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Vandenberg AFB CA, on 4 cent Project Mercury space capsule stamp (#1193), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing these satellites, with text: "Explorer 24 Air Density, Explorer 25 Space Radiation. Mutt & Jeff satellites. Launched by Scout 9:09 am PST". Unaddressed.

SCC01100HA$10.0012/11/1964C
(SCC 100), CENTAUR 4 ROCKET LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair postal stationary envelope showing a satellite in orbit around earth (#U546), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Centaur rocket launch, with text: "Centaur 4, High Energy Rocket. Will be able to launch unmanned spacecraft to Moon and scout landing areas. Launched by Atlas D 9:25 am EST". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01102HA$6.0012/21/1964C
(SCC 102), EXPLORER 26 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair postal stationary envelope showing a satellite in orbit around earth (#U546), with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing th this satellite, with text: "Explorer 26 Radiation Detection Satellite. Information obtained from this mission is expected to make important contributions to the Apollo manned lunar landing program. Launched by Delta *** am EST". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01107H$8.0002/17/1965C
(SCC 107), RANGER 8 (SPACE PROBE TO THE MOON) LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair imprinted stamped envelope (#U546) showing world globe and orbiting satellite, with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing the Ranger 8 spacecraft with the moon in the background, and text: "Ranger 8, Moon Photographic Explorer, Launched by Atlas-Agena rocket 12:05 p.m. EST, 17 Feb. Cape Kennedy, impacted Moon 'Sea of Tranquility' 4:57 a.m. EST 20 Feb. 1965". Small rubber stamp address.

SCC01113M$8.0004/29/1965WI
(SCC 113), BEACON EXPLORER 27 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Wallops Island VA, on 5 cent Flag stamp. with two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite, and text: "Beacon Explorer 27, will measure the earth's size and shape as a geodesy experiment. A special laser telescope will train its bean on the reflectors. If successful this could make laser a more precise instrument for pinpointing satellites in space than radio. Launched by Scout rocket 10:47 a.m. EDT". No address.

SCC01119H$6.0006/18/1965C
(SCC 119), TITAN 3-C ROCKET LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent 'eagle' imprinted stamped envelope. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite and text: "Titan 3-C, World's most powerful rocket. U.S. Air Force 'Space Work Horse'. To launch military crews into space in manned laboratories. Launched by Thor-Delta, 10:00 a.m. EDT". Small rubber stamp address. IMAGE

SCC01122H$6.0007/20/1965C
(SCC 122), NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DETECTION SATELLITES (VELA HOTEL 5 & 6) LAUNCHED, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing these two satellites and text: "Nuclear Explosion Detection Satellites, Twin 'Watchdog' satellites are space sentries guarding against violations of the new nuclear test ban treaty. Launched by Atlas-Agena, 4:27 a.m. EDT". Small printed address.

SCC01124M$7.0008/11/1965C
(SCC 124), (ATLAS) CENTAUR 6 VEHICLE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent Flag stamp. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this space vehicle and text: "Centaur 6. First payload - a model of Surveyor placed into orbit in rehearsal for later moon missions. Launched by Atlas booster, 10:31 a.m. EDT". Small printed address.

SCC01130H$7.0010/15/1965C
(SCC 130), OV2-1 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL, on 5 cent New York Worlds Fair imprinted stamped envelope (#U546) showing world globe and orbiting satellite. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite above the earth and text: "OV2-1, Research Earth Satellite, to determine the Van Allen radiation belt hazard to manned space flight. Launched by Titan 3-C, 1:23 p.m. EST". Small rubber stamp address. IMAGE

SCC01131M$7.0011/06/1965P
(SCC 131), GEOS-1/EXPLORER 29 SATELLITE LAUNCH, With machine cancel of Patrick Air Force Base FL, on 5 cent commemorative stamp. With two color SPACE CRAFT COVERS printed cachet showing this satellite, and text: "GEOS-1 Flashing Beacon Geodetic Explorer 29. Will serve as a lighthouse in the sky to help map makers and scientists solve some of the problems of earth. Launched by Delta, 1:39 p.m. EST". Small printed address.

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