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Women shuttle astronaut candidates space cover.
6 women astronaut candidates begin
Space Shuttle training

USA/USSR Women in Space Cover
Notes

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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LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
STSWN10071BCQ$6.0006/18/1983K
STS-7 LAUNCH, SALLY RIDE, FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE, with space shuttle pictorial machine cancel of Kennedy Space Center FL on a Flag stamp. With multicolored STS-7/Challenger emblem printed cachet (unidentified) that lists the astronauts: Crippen, Fabian, Hauck, Ride, Thagard. (Mission payload: two comsats, German Platform SPAS-1). IMAGE

STSWN10071CQ$6.0006/18/1983K
STS-7 LAUNCH, FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE, with a bulls eye 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 photo printed cachet of the STS-7 astronauts including Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space, with a shuttle in the background, with printed text reading: "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.......", it goes on to list the flight astronauts. IMAGE

STSWN10134BQ$5.0010/11/1984K
CHALLENGER (STS-41G) FLIGHT, Cover commemorates astronaut Kathy Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space, Colorano silk cachet shows astronauts walking in space outside of shuttle, cachet 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.". with Kennedy Space Center FL Space Shuttle pictorial machine cancel on flag stamp. IMAGE

STSWN10251Q$50.0001/28/1986K
SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER STS-51L LAUNCH/EXPLOSION, with a 01/28/1986 pictorial Shuttle machine cancel from Kennedy Space Center FL on a 22 cent Public Education commemorative stamp. With black photo printed cachet (unidentified) that shows Sharon Christa McAuliffe, the 1st teacher in space, with her name and title beneath it plus word inscription in a black box that reads: "In Memorium to Challenger 7, STS-33 Challenger (OV-099) Mission 25 (51-L), Selected from over 11,000 applicants....Motto: 'Reach for the stars'". (The inscription refers to 11,000 teacher applicants who applied to be the 1st teacher in space with NASA, note that the 22 cent stamp commemorated Public Education, a direct tie in with teacher in space). Cover comes with a descriptive insert card that tells about the proposed flight.

STSWN10350AQ$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

STSWN10950A$6.0007/22/1999H
STS-93 SPECIAL CANCEL, FIRST WOMAN SHUTTLE COMMANDER, with a pictorial hand cancel from Houston TX, STS-93 Station, showing the STS-93 Space Shuttle, also showing and identifying the Chandra X-Ray Observatory satellite, with additional text that reads: " First Woman Shuttle Commander." on two stamps: 32 cent Women in Military Service stamp (#3174) and 18 cent Space Shuttle in orbit stamp (#1914). With multicolored printed cachet (unidentified) showing Eileen Collins in a space suit with the shuttle in the background and a small STS-93 emblem/patch, with text reading: "Eileen Collins, First Woman Shuttle Commander, STS-93 - Columbia.." NOTE: The STS-93 launch was originally scheduled for 07/20, was scrubbed and rescheduled for 07/22, scrubbed again and launch took place on 07/23 at 12:31 a.m. EDT IMAGE

STSWN12008A$8.0004/12/1964F
RUSSIA: COSMONAUT DAY COMMEMORATIVE CANCELLED MAXIMUM TYPE CARD. CARD SHOWS FIRST WOMAN COSMONAUT with a Kaluga pictorial hand cancel April 12, 1964 (cosmonauts day) showing a rocket in flight. The 6k stamp (#2750) shows the first woman in space: Valentina Tereshkova and her Vostok 6 spacecraft. Multicolored printed cachet on postcard shows a rocket launch and Tereshkova in space helmet. Card size: 4 x 5-3/4 inches. Stamp and cancel is on the vertical picture side of the card.

STSWN12008E$8.0006/14/1964F
RUSSIA: 1st ANNIVERSARY FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 6, CANCELLED MAXIMUM TYPE CARD. With a Kaluga pictorial black hand cancel June 14-19, 1964 showing two stars representing two rockets for Vostok 5 & 6, with text for the Vostok 5 and 6 spacecraft. The 6k stamp (#2750) shows the first woman in space: Valentina Tereshkova and her Vostok 6 spacecraft. Multicolored printed cachet on postcard shows a rocket launch and Tereshkova in space helmet. Card size: 4 x 5-3/4 inches. Stamp and cancel is on the vertical picture side of the card.

STSWN12008M$8.0006/14/1964F
RUSSIA: 1st ANNIVERSARY FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 6, CANCELLED MAXIMUM TYPE POSTAL CARD. With a Moscow pictorial red hand cancel June 14-19, 1964 showing two stars representing two rockets for Vostok 5 & 6, with text for the Vostok 5 and 6 spacecraft. The 6k stamp (#2750) shows the first woman in space: Valentina Tereshkova and her Vostok 6 spacecraft. True color printed cachet on postal card shows full face photograph of Tereshkova looking to one side, she has a medal on her suit (she is not in her spacesuit). Card size: 4 x 5-3/4 inches. Stamp and cancel is on the vertical picture side of the card. Cancel is not clearly readable on the picture side due to its placement on the dark part of the card, however the same cancel is on the address side of the card clearly cancelling the imprinted postal card (imprinted stamp shows rocket launch).

STSWN12010$4.0006/14/1973F
RUSSIA: 10TH ANNIVERSARY FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 6, SOUVENIR SHEET FIRST DAY COVER, (#4092), with a Moscow first day of issue hand cancel June 14, 1973, on a 3 stamp + 1 label perforated souvenir sheet. A 20k stamp (#4092a) shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft; a 20k stamp (#4092b) shows Tereshkova holding lifted hands with an india & african women and the 3rd 20k stamp (#4092c) shows Tereshkova holding her baby daughter. The label has text that commemorates the 10th anniversary of the first woman in space. With an all purpose multicolored printed cachet showing various russian topical stamps, and first day of issue word text. Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches.

STSWN12015$4.0006/16/1973F
RUSSIA: 10TH ANNIVERSARY FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 6, POSTAL IMPRINTED CARD, with a Moscow pictorial hand cancel June 16, 1973 showing a rocket launch and text for this 10 anniversary. The imprinted 4k stamp shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft. Multicolored printed cachet of rocket launch (similar to the pictorial cancel). Card size: 6 x 4 inches.

STSWN12080$4.0004/12/1985F
RUSSIA: COSMONAUT DAY FIRST DAY MAXIMUM TYPE CARD, (#5355). CARD SHOWS WOMAN COSMONAUT with a Moscow pictorial hand cancel April 12, 1985 showing a satellite orbiting globe. The 15k stamp shows the first man in space: Yuri Gagarin, 3 cosmonauts and a Soyuz-T spacship. Multicolored printed cachet on card is similar to the design on the stamp, however the card shows a woman cosmonaut and the stamp does not. Card size: 6 x 4 inches.

STSWN12100$4.0008/26/1963F
POLAND: FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 5 & 6 FIRST DAY COVER, (#1156-1158), with a pictorial hand cancel of Warsaw Aug. 26, 1963 showing two stars and 2 orbits around earth, on 3 stamps, the 60g stamp shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft; the 40g stamp shows Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky and Vostok 5 spacecraft and the 6.50z stamp shows the vostok 5 & 6 spacecrafts near Earth (all spacecrafts on the stamps are stylized). With a printed picture cachet showing the two cosmonauts, and two lines of text in polish: "Pierwszy dzien obiegu - F.D.C., P.P.F. - Ruch." Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches.

STSWN12105$4.0010/23/1963F
POLAND: VISIT OF FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE TO POLAND/VOSTOK 5 & 6 FIRST DAY COVER, (#1175-1177), with a pictorial hand cancel of Warsaw Oct. 23, 1963 showing two spacecrafts in orbit around earth, on 3 stamps, (these stamps are previously issued stamps #1156-1158, that have overprints for the Russian cosmonauts visit to Poland Oct. 23 to 28), the 60g stamp shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft; the 40g stamp shows Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky and Vostok 5 spacecraft and the 6.50z stamp shows the vostok 5 & 6 spacecrafts near Earth (all spacecrafts on the stamps are stylized). With a printed picture cachet showing the two cosmonauts, and two lines of text in polish: "Pierwszy dzien obiegu - F.D.C., P.P.F. - Ruch." Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches.

STSWN12106$3.0010/23/1963F
POLAND: VISIT OF FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE TO POLAND/VOSTOK 5 & 6 COMMEMORATIVE COVER, (#1156-1157), with a pictorial hand cancel of Warsaw Oct. 23, 1963 showing two stars and 2 orbits around earth, on 2 stamps, the 60g stamp shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft;and the 40g stamp shows Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky and Vostok 5 spacecraft (all spacecrafts on the stamps are stylized). Cover has no cachet but does have a different Warsaw Oct. 23 pictorial twin rocket cancel for the visit of these two cosmonauts. Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. Envelope is tan colored, probably toned from being a cheaper quality envelope.

STSWN12110$3.0010/26/1963F
POLAND: VISIT OF FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE TO POLAND/VOSTOK 5 & 6 COMMEMORATIVE COVER, (#1156-1157), with a pictorial hand cancel of Katowice Oct. 26, 1963 showing twin spacecraft, on 2 stamps, the 60g stamp shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft;and the 40g stamp shows Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky and Vostok 5 spacecraft (all spacecrafts on the stamps are stylized). Cover has no cachet. The cancel on this cover is for the visit of these two cosmonauts to Katowice. Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. Envelope is tan colored, probably toned from being a cheaper quality envelope.

STSWN12200$2.0007/18/1963F
DDR/EAST GERMANY: FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE/VOSTOK 5 & 6 FIRST DAY COVER, (#655-656), with a hand cancel of Dessau July 18, 1963, on se-tenant stamps, two 20 pf value, one shows Russian woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova and Vostok 6 spacecraft; the other stamp shows Russian cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky and Vostok 5 spacecraft. With a printed cachet showing a rocket being launched, and one line of text in german: "Ersttagbrief." Typed address Cover size: 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches. Upper left corner of cover is slightly bent and partially slit open at the top side. (Price has been reduced accordingly).

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