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STS-51L Patch

STS-51L Challenger Space Shuttle Notes

  • These anniversary items below were issued in tribute to the Astronauts who lost their lives in the Space Shuttle 51-L explosion at Kennedy Space Center Florida on January 28, 1986.
  • The Astronauts were................
    Francis R. Scobee, Commander
    Michael J. Smith, Pilot
    Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist
    Ellison S.Onizuka, Mission Specialist
    Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist
    Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist
    Christa McAuliffe (Teacher in Space)

  • The explosion 73 seconds after liftoff claimed the lives of all the crew and destroyed the vehicle. Shuttle flights were halted for more than two-and-a-half years while an extensive investigation into the accident and an assessment of the Space Shuttle Program as conducted.

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
STS51LA10201A$3.5001/28/1987K
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1987 four bar hand cancel from Kennedy Space Center FL on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With green all purpose Space Shuttle FMF printed cachet that shows a satellite being launched from the open bay of the Space Shuttle and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "First Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10205$2.5001/28/1991K
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1991 four bar hand cancel from Kennedy Space Center FL on an 25 cent Flag stamp. With red all purpose Space Shuttle FMF printed cachet that shows a satellite being launched from the open bay of the Space Shuttle and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "Fifth Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10301$4.5001/28/1987 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1987 slogan machine cancel from Beauford NC that reads "Cmdr. Mike Smith, Challenger Pilot, Jan. 28, 1986" on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With green all purpose Space Shuttle FMF printed cachet that shows a satellite being launched from the open bay of the Space Shuttle and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "First Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10401$4.5001/28/1987 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1987 pictorial hand cancel from Akron Ohio that shows a space shuttle in flight with text beneath it reading "Resnik Memorial Station" on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With blue all purpose Space FMF printed cachet that shows 3 U.S. space stamps: U.S. Walk in space, Earth from the Moon and the Palomar Observatory and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "First Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10402AQ$6.0001/28/1987 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, TRIBUTE TO CHALLENGER STS-51-L ASTRONAUT JUDY RESNIK, Akron OH pictorial hand cancel thats shows the space shuttle in flight and text: "Resnik Memorial Station" on a 4 cent Project Mercury space stamp (#1193) & an 18 cent Understanding the Sun, Skylab space stamp (#1915). With RUBBER CITY STAMP CLUB Club printed cachet. Two color cachet over the entire front of the envelope shows the Challenger STS-51L launch and Astronaut Resnik, with printed text that reads: "A Tribute to Judy Resnik." There is a printed text filler card about Ms. Resnik and her part in the Space Shuttle program. IMAGE

STS51LA10501$4.0001/28/1987 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1987 pictorial hand cancel from Auburn WA that shows a "Challenger" space shuttle with text above it reading "Collectors Corner" on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With blue all purpose Space FMF printed cachet that shows 3 U.S. space stamps: U.S. Walk in space, Earth from the Moon and the Palomar Observatory and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "First Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10505$4.0001/28/1991 
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1991 pictorial hand cancel from Auburn WA that shows a "Challenger" space shuttle with text above it reading "Collectors Corner" on an 45 cent airmail space stamp (#C-123) showing a futuristic mail delivery vehicle (air-suspended hover car). With blue all purpose Space FMF printed cachet that shows 3 U.S. space stamps: U.S. Walk in space, Earth from the Moon and the Palomar Observatory and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "Fifth Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986".

STS51LA10515$4.0001/28/1991 
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1991 pictorial hand cancel from Akron OH that shows a space shuttle in flight with text beneath it reading "Resnik Memorial Station, 5th Anniversary" on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With green all purpose Space FMF printed cachet that shows the space shuttle in flight and launching a satellite from its cargo bay, and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind".

STS51LA10601$4.0001/28/1987 
FIRST ANNIVERSARY, CHALLENGER 51-L EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1987 pictorial hand cancel from Downey CA Philatelic Center that shows a space shuttle landing with text around it reading "Our Spaceship Landed on Earth" and also shows the city seal of Downey Ca. on an 22 cent Flag stamp. With blue all purpose Space FMF printed cachet that shows 3 U.S. space stamps: U.S. Walk in space, Earth from the Moon and the Palomar Observatory and is titled "American's Space Program Benefits all Mankind". With additional black rubber stamp text on the envelope: "First Anniversary, Challenger Explosion, Jan 28, 1986". (This is a very large pictorial cancel that was mainly used to cancel covers for the Shuttle landings in California).

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See other Challenger Covers at
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