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collshubby
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posted 12-27-2000 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was doing a little research on the flown STS-8 covers, and found out that they were carried in the shuttle inside eight "Get Away Special" canisters, as well as in two boxes mounted on the instrument panel.

Since the covers are numbered, could anyone tell where they were located on the shuttle? For example, was 1-230,000 in the GAS canisters, while 230,001-260,000 were on the instrument panel?

I will be receiving one of these covers soon, and would like to know as much as possible about it.

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posted 06-03-2012 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was any photo documentation done with the STS-8 flown covers?

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posted 06-03-2012 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Been wondering that myself for a while, someone gave me one of them recently in the folder. Where did they get placed on the orbiter, anyway?

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posted 06-03-2012 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe the covers were placed in Getaway Special Canisters in the payload bay.

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posted 06-03-2012 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The 260,000 special covers were stored inside eight sealed "Get Away Special" canisters aboard STS-8/Challenger's cargo bay in 1983.

Altogether, the cans were a part of five Get Away Special experiment packages.

But ten of the covers were carried aboard the orbiters's flight deck and were autographed by each crewmember while in space for just over 6 days after completing 98 orbits.

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posted 06-05-2012 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to my records 261,900 covers were flown on board STS-8. 1,001 of them were flown in the cabin, the remaining in cargo bay. After their space flight a private company postmarked all flown covers in Merrifield, Virginia.

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posted 06-05-2012 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can find a complete listing of serial numbers of the 238,100 covers that were produced but not flown on the STS-8 space shuttle mission here (PDF).

As far as I remember, there was a thread on cS dealing with the fact that some flown covers obviously were listed as unflown.

Another thread deals with the fact that William Thornton still does not sign STS-8 flown covers, since it was forbidden by NASA in 1983.

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posted 06-05-2012 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Walter--You are correct as there were 1001 covers inside the orbiter crew cabin, and not just 10. My recall of the fact was in error. But I was only estimating from my memory a total number of 260,000 flown covers, but of course, a more accurate quantity would be your figure of 261,900 flown shuttle covers. Thanks for the correction.

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posted 06-05-2012 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cosmos-walter   Click Here to Email cosmos-walter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ken - Do you know, which were the numbers of the cabin flown covers? 0 to 1000? The first number of the list of unflown covers is 1001.

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posted 06-12-2012 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Always heard that the approximately 260 thousand covers flown of the intended/prepared 500 thousand of them, there was no consecutive series of numbers carried on the shuttle. Thus, the serial numbers of covers that made it onboard Challenger are all over the place.

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posted 06-13-2012 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a pdf in the resources link on this website of all the serial numbers of the unflown covers. This list is not foolproof as numbers listed as unflown have been flown.

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