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Specific Notes for the covers on this pricelist

  • This list only contains flights by the Challenger Shuttle Orbiter spacecraft as many collectors specialize in just the Challenger flights.
  • A separate Colorano Silk Cachets price list contains flights for the other Shuttle Orbiters: Enterprise, Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour.
  • All of the commemorative covers listed below have a Colorano "Silk" cachet and each cachet is different, although some cachets may be of the same event but are of a different view, such as for launchings and printed text cachets are worded differently.
  • The majority of the cachets are of photographs of the actual event which are printed on silk which is attached to the envelope and there is a gold color embossed border around the cachet.
  • However there are a few exceptions to the above statement: a few cachets may show artists renditions of the astronauts or the event and a few cachets will show the Shuttle emblem/patch, this mostly occurs on the Department of Defense missions where actual events may be classified and so the emblem/patch is subsituted.
  • The Shuttle flights listed below are listed in chronological order, however the STS numbering system for the flights are not in sequence, as this is determined by NASA.
  • In some cases below, for a particular Shuttle Flight, the Shuttle landing cover may be listed before Shuttle launch covers, due to the numbering system I use for located individual covers in my stock.
  • In many cases covers on this list have both a space stamp and a definitive stamp, however I only list the space stamp. (the combined value of the stamps make up the postage rate that existed when the cover was issued).

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
STSCO20127A$4.7504/04/1983K
STS-6 LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 4 astronauts of the STS-6 flight, the American Flag, a small shuttle model and a small STS-6 emblem/patch. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Space Shuttle Challenger STS-6. April 4, 1983 - At eight one hundredths of a second past 1:30 p.m. the sixth space shuttle roared off launch Pad 39-A ....... The Challenger, on its first mission, carried Astronauts Paul J. Weitz, commander; Karol J. Bobko, pilot; Donald H. Peterson and Story Musgrave, Mission Specialists, plus a 2-1/2 ton satellite. Combined with its 16 ton booster, the cargo is the largest ever carried on a shuttle." (Mission payload: Tracking & Data Relay Satellite [TDRS-1]; First space walk [EVA] of Shuttle program by Peterson and Musgrave). IMAGE

STSCO20127B$4.7504/09/1983E
STS-6 LANDING, with a hand cancel of Edwards AFB Sta. CA on an 18 cent space "Probing the planets" stamp, (a different stamp than the image shows). With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle returning to earth. With 9 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Return of the Challenger STS-6. April 9, 1983 - NASA made a major stride in readying a second delivery vehicle for its Space Transportation Systems (STS) fleet with the perfect landing of Shuttle Orbiter Challenger at Edwards Air Force Base at 1:53 EST." (Mission payload: Tracking & Data Relay Satellite [TDRS-1]; First space walk [EVA] of Shuttle program by Peterson and Musgrave). IMAGE

STSCO20128A$4.0004/04/1983H
STS-6 COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE DEPLOYED, with a machine cancel of Houston TX on a 18 cent space shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the TDRS communications satellite deployed from the Space Shuttle. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "April 4, 1983 - The onboard scene pictured is the deployment of the world's biggest & costliest communications satellite from the Space Shuttle Callenger shortly before midnight ." (Mission payload: Tracking & Data Relay Satellite [TDRS-1]; First space walk [EVA] of Shuttle program by Peterson and Musgrave). IMAGE

STSCO20133B$4.7506/24/1983E
STS-7 LANDING, with a hand cancel of Edwards AFB Sta. CA on an 18 cent space stamp, (with a different space stamp than the image shows). With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle returning to earth. With 8 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Return of the Challenger STS-7. June 24, 1983 -The first shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center was scrapped today, due to bad weather. The five Challenger STS-7 astronauts were routed to the tried and proven runway at Edwards AFB. Heralded by two sonic booms, Challenger appeared over the dry lake bed, made a sweeping left turn and drifted to a perfect landing at 9:57 am (EST)." (Mission payload: Two communications satellites, ANIK C-2 & PALAPA-B1; German platform SPAS-1; Sally Ride became first American woman to fly in space). IMAGE

STSCO20134AQ$4.7506/18/1983K
STS-7 LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space "Probing the Planets" stamp, (a different stamp than the image shows). With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows a group picture of the 5 STS-7 Astronauts, with the Space Shuttle in the background. With 7 lines of printed text that reads: "Space Shuttle Challenger STS-7. June 18, 1983 - at 7:33 am the Challenger STS-7 made a perfect lift-off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Astronauts Robert Crippen, commander; Frederick Hauck, pilot; Sally Ride, John Fabian and Dr. Norman Thagard, mission specialists; make up the largest crew launched aboard a shuttle to date.". (Mission payload: Two communications satellites, ANIK C-2 & PALAPA-B1; German platform SPAS-1; Sally Ride became first American woman to fly in space on this flight). IMAGE

STSCO20139A$4.7508/30/1983K
STS-8 LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 5 astronauts of the STS-8 flight, the American Flag and a small shuttle model in the background. With 9 lines of printed text that reads: "Space Shuttle Challenger STS-8. August 30, 1983 - At 2:32 a.m., the engines roared and the earth trembled as the Challenger STS-8 rose off Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, the first manned space craft launched after dark in ten years. The five man crew on this six day mission are - Richard M. Truly, commander; Daniel C. Brandenstein, pilot; Dr. William E. Thornton, Dale A. Gardner and Guion S. Bluford, mission specialists." (Mission payload: INSAT- 1B, a multipurpose satellite for India; Bluford became first African-American to fly in space). IMAGE

STSCO20139B$4.7509/05/1983E
STS-8 LANDING, with a hand cancel of Edwards AFB Sta. CA on an 18 cent space shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle landing at night. With 7 lines of printed text that reads: "Return of the Challenger STS-8. September 5, 1983 - The Space Shuttle Challenger touched down on a lighted runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base in California to complete a successful six day mission. The 3:40 a.m. (EST) landing represented the first night touchdown for the Space Transportation System." (Mission payload: INSAT-1B, a multipurpose satellite for India; Bluford became first African-American to fly in space). IMAGE

STSCO20142A$4.0009/01/1983C
STS-8: PAYLOAD FLIGHT TEST ARTICLE (PFTA), with a machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL on an 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle robot arm holding the PFTA. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "The RMS (Remote Manipulator System) picked up the 7,460 pound Payload Flight Test Article (PFTA) from the cargo bay and held it over the earth. For 5-1/2 hours the 50 foot long robot arm clung to the massive, unbalanced, barbell shaped device while the Challenger STS-8 circled the globe.... PFTA is the largest object ever tested.... and is being used to test the shuttle arm's elbow, wrist and shoulder joint reaction to higher loads and to gain crew experience in operating the arm which may be needed to build a space station." (Mission payload: INSAT-1B, a multipurpose satellite for India; Bluford became first African-American to fly in space). IMAGE

STSCO20148A$4.0002/03/1984K
STS-41-B LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 5 astronauts of the STS-41B flight, a large STS-41B emblem/patch and a model of the Space Shuttle. With 9 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Launch of the Challenger 41-B, 10th Space Shuttle Mission. February 3, 1984 - The flight .......... began right on schedule at 8 a.m. today, with a picture perfect lift- off from Pad 38A ......... Astronauts Vance Brand, commander; Robert Gibson, pilot; mission specialists Robert Stewart, Bruce McCandless and Ronald McNair make up the crew." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]). IMAGE

STSCO20148B$4.0002/11/1984K
STS-41-B LANDING, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on A 20 cent science/industry stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows an artists depiction of the STS-41B shuttle about to land. With 12 lines of printed text that reads in part: "The Challenger 41-B space shuttle sent sonic booms rolling across the flat Florida landscape as it came in high and fast over launch pad 39A, where it was launched eight days earlier. Making a spectacular looping turn to runway 15, the shuttle glided down on the center line of the 15,000 foot strip, stopping with 3,300 feet to spare." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]). IMAGE

STSCO20149$4.0002/03/1984C
STS-41-B LAUNCH, with a machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL on an 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the launch of the STS-41B shuttle. With 8 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Space Shuttle Challenger 41-B. February 3, 1984 - The five shuttle astronauts rose off Pad 39A in their spaceship Challenger 41-B today on their way to a seven day mission in space. Commander Vance Brand and pilot Robert Gibson are accompanied by mission specialists Robert Stewart, Bruce McCandless and Ronald McNair." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]).

STSCO20150$4.0002/03/1984H
STS-41-B LAUNCH, with a machine cancel of Houston TX on an 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the launch of the STS-41B shuttle. With 7 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Space Shuttle Challenger 41-B. February 3, 1984 - Astronauts Vance Brand, commander; Robert Gibson, pilot; Robert Stewart, Bruce McCandless and Ronald McNair, mission specialists made a picture perfect lift-off in their Challenger 41-B space shuttle at 8 a.m. today." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]).

STSCO20151$3.2502/03/1984H
STS-41-B: WESTAR VI COMMUNICATION SATELLITE DEPLOYED, with a hand cancel of Houston TX on an 20 cent science/industry stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle deploying WESTAR VI. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "10th Space Shuttle Mission. February 3, 1984 - The Western Union satellite, Westar VI, was sent spinning from the space shuttle Challenger's cargo bay today. The $75 million communications satellite was thought to have exploded in space 45 minutes after being ejected but on February 5th radio contact was made by the Hughes Aircraft Co. ......... but there is no hope of raising it to the planned 22,300 ft. stationary orbit above Earth." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]). IMAGE

STSCO20152$3.2502/06/1984H
STS-41-B: INDONESIAN SATELLITE PALAPA-B2 DEPLOYED, with a machine cancel of Houston TX on an 20 cent science/industry stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle deploying PALAPA-B2. With 9 lines of printed text that reads in part: "10th Space Shuttle Mission. February 6, 1984 - despite the failure of Westar VI, the Indonesian government decided to go ahead with the deployment of their satellite Palapa-B2. Seven hours after its ejection the satellite was located in an orbit roughly the same as Westar VI. Apparently the rocket's motor fired only 8 to 15 seconds of the 85 seconds required for the satellite to reach its orbit of 22,300 miles over the equator. The loss was the third major failure on the 10th shuttle mission." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]). IMAGE

STSCO20153$4.0002/07/1984K
STS-41-B: FIRST FLIGHT - MANNED MANEUVERING UNIT, with a machine cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on a 20 cent science/industry stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows an astronaut wearing the manned maneuvering unit with the space shuttle below him. With 12 lines of printed text that reads in part: "10th Space Shuttle Mission. February 7, 1984 - Astronauts Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart became the first people to leave the safety of their spaceship without lifelines as they flew through space today, driven by nothing more than the jet powered backpacks they wore over their spacesuits ........... The space walks were a remarkably trouble free test of a new machine on a mission that had been plagued by one failure after another." (Mission payload: Two comsats: WESTAR-VI & PALAPA-B2; First untethered space walks by McCandless and Stewart, using manned maneuvering unit [MMU]). IMAGE

STSCO20154A$4.0004/06/1984K
STS-41-C LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 5 astronauts of the STS-41C flight, and a picture of the shuttle in the background with a space suited astronaut wearing the manned maneuvering unit. With 10 lines of printed text that: "Launch of the Challenger 41-C, 11th Space Shuttle Mission. April 6, 1984 - Challenger 41-C blasted off today and reached the highest orbit ever by a space shuttle, and its 5 man crew fine tuned the course for a two day chase after the Solar Maximum satellite which needs an overhaul. NASA said veteran astronaut Robert Crippen and his crew of space rookies - Dick Scobee, Terry Hart, James van Hoften and GEorge Nelson were right on target." (Mission payload: First repair in space of Solar Max satellite; Long Duration Exposure Facility [LDEF] deployed). IMAGE

STSCO20154B$4.0004/13/1984E
STS-41-C LANDING, with a hand cancel of Edwards AFB Sta. CA on an 18 cent space shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the Space Shuttle landing. With 12 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Return of the Challenger 41-C. 11th Space Shuttle Mission. ......... a decision was made to wave off the Florida landing when a cloud deck moved in quickly followed by rain showers. Instead the rockets were fired on the next orbit to slow the craft and begin an hour long super-sonic plunge across the Pacific Ocean and over the California coastline. Challenger touched down at its alternate landing site in the Mojave Desert at 10:30 a.m. today. Despite the diverted landing the 7 day mission was a complete success." (Mission payload: First repair in space of Solar Max satellite; Long Duration Exposure Facility [LDEF] deployed). IMAGE

STSCO20156A$4.0004/07/1984H
STS-41-C, LONG DURATION EXPOSURE FACILITY LAUNCHED, with a hand cancel of Houston TX on an flag stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the LDEF satellite in orbit with the shuttle in the background. With 12 lines of printed text that reads in part: "11th Space Shuttle Mission, April 7, 1984.... Deployed the giant Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) satellite today.... The reusable 12 sided structure is a large unmanned facility replete with a number of technology, science & application experiments which require a free flying exposure in space". (Mission payload: First repair in space of Solar Max satellite; Long Duration Exposure Facility [LDEF] deployed). IMAGE

STSCO20156B$4.0004/08/1984K
STS-41-C, SPACEWALK MISSES THE SOLAR MAX SATELLITE, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 20 cent flag stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows an astronaut leaving the shuttle and approaching the Solar Max satellite. With 9 lines of printed text that read in part: "Free flying astronaut George Nelson's daring bid to wrestle and stop the Solar Maximum satellite for repairs failed today. Nelson tried to attach himself with a spring loaded device to a pin on the slowly spinning sun observatory to steady it enough to be snatched by the shuttle's robot arm. Three times he tried... A decision was made to have the astronauts make one more effort to rescue the ailing satellite." (Mission payload: First repair in space of Solar Max satellite; Long Duration Exposure Facility [LDEF] deployed). IMAGE

STSCO20156C$4.0004/10/1984C
STS-41-C, SOLAR MAXIMUM SATELLITE REPAIR, with a hand cancel of Cape Canaveral FL on an 18 cent Space Shuttle stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows a Solar Max satellite, with astronaut near the shuttle bay and robot arm. With 10 lines of printed text that read in part: "April 10, 1984 - The Solar Maximum satellite was plucked from space today and set in the shuttle's cargo bay area. On April 11th astronauts George Nelson and James van Hoften stepped into the cargo bay for their space walk repair.... It was the first time repairs were made while in orbit, opening the way for regular servicing of satellites and eventually for the construction of a U.S. space Station." (Mission payload: First repair in space of Solar Max satellite; Long Duration Exposure Facility [LDEF] deployed). IMAGE

STSCO20165A$4.0010/05/1984K
STS-41-G LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 18 cent space shuttle launch stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET of the 8 crew members of this flight, and a small model of the space shuttle. With 14 lines of printed text that reads in part: "October 5, 1984 - The launch of the 13th Space Shuttle 41-G went off exactly on schedule at 7:03 a.m. today and may have been the most beautiful of all........ carrying the biggest crew ever - Robert L. Crippen, commander; Jon A. McBride, pilot; Sally K. Ride, Kathryn D. Sullivan and David C. Leestma, all mission specialists; Paul D. Scully-Power and Canadian Marc Garneau Payload Specialists ." (Mission payload: Earth Radiation Budget Satellite [ERBS] deployed; First flight of two women, Ride and Sullivan; Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space). IMAGE

STSCO20167B$4.0010/13/1984K
STS-41-G LANDING, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on A 18 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the STS-41G shuttle landing. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "Return of the Challenger 41-G, 13th Space Shuttle Mission October 13, 1984 - Commander Robert L. Crippen guided the 101 ton Challenger spacecraft through a 13,000 mile glide across Alaska, the heart of Canada, the U.S. Midwest and U.S. Southeast to a precise centerline landing on the Kennedy Space Center runway at 12:27 p.m. today." (Mission payload: Earth Radiation Budget Satellite [ERBS] deployed; First flight of two women, Ride and Sullivan, Sullivan first American woman to walk in space). IMAGE

STSCO20169AQ$4.0010/11/1984K
STS-41-G FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN WALK IN SPACE, with a machine cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 20 cent flag stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET of Kathy Sullivan performing the space walk. With 11 lines of printed text that reads in part: "October 11, 1984 - Astronaut Kathy Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space as she followed Astronaut David Leestma from Challenger's airlock at 11:46 a.m. today. She began the 3-1/2 hour spacewalk to show how satellites can be refueled in orbit." (Mission payload: Earth Radiation Budget Satellite [ERBS] deployed; First flight of two women, Ride and Sullivan; Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space). IMAGE

STSCO20191A$4.0004/29/1985K
STS-51-B LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 10 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 7 astronauts of the STS-51B flight, inside the space shuttle. With 10 lines of printed text that read in part: "Launch of the Challenger 51-B, 17th Space Shuttle Mission. April 29, 1985 - Challenger 51-B streaked into space at 12:02 p.m. today. Accompanying the 7 astronauts are 2 squirrel monkeys and 24 white rats." (Mission payload: First operational flight for Spacelab orbital laboratory: Spacelab-3,Two monkeys and 24 rodents observed for effects of weightlessnes). IMAGE

STSCO20195$3.2504/29/1985C
STS-51-B NORTHERN UTAH SATELLITE (NUSAT) DEPLOYED, with a machine cancel of Cape Canaveral FL on an 22 cent flag stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the NUSAT satellite. With 11 lines of printed text that read in part: "...... Commander Robert Overmyer reported the first satellite, a 115 pounder called NUSAT, was deployed normally ...... The 26 sided polyhedron on NUSAT (pictured) will measure antenna patterns for ground based radar stations operated in the United States and member nations of the International Aviation Organization." (Mission payload: First operational flight for Spacelab orbital laboratory: Spacelab- 3, Two monkeys and 24 rodents observed for effects of weightlessness). IMAGE

STSCO20204A$4.0007/29/1985K
STS-51-F LAUNCH, with a hand cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on an 8 cent space stamp. With multicolored COLORANO SILK CACHET that shows the 7 astronauts of the STS-51F flight, with space apparatus in the background. With 14 lines of printed text that read in part: "Launch of the Challenger 51-F, 19th Space Shuttle Mission .......... rocketed into space at 5 p.m. today .......... the ship reached a lower than expected orbit and NASA emphasized that the crew was in no danger ....... The crew, headed by veteran C. Gordon Fullerton includes pilot Roy Bridges; mission specialists Anthony England, Karl Henize, and F. Story Musgrave; payload specialists Loren Acton and John David Bartoe were all doing fine" (Mission payload: Spacelab orbital laboratory: Spacelab-2). IMAGE

DB: stats: tusd(51,26,25,0)

See other Challenger Covers at
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STS-51L Challenger Launch/Explosion Covers plus Related Covers
STS-51L Challenger Disaster Anniversary Space Shuttle Covers


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