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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 05-17-2009 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 5 (May 17, 2009)

Space Cover #5, Hubble Space Telscope

STS-31 HST Deployment Mission

With the final Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission now underway on STS-125, it seems appropriate that veteran space collector, Bob McLeod chose a cover for this week's Space Cover of the Week that marks the launch of STS-31, the Space Shuttle mission that carried HST into space.

Just over 19 years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Space Shuttle Discovery was launched carrying the Hubble Space Telescope. The STS-31 crew successfully deployed the HST the next day and since then the HST has made over 100,000 orbits of the earth.

This week's cover, that appears as just a standard, ordinary space cover, with a handsome HST patch printed cachet; well-applied launch-dated KSC hand stamp cancel and an 18 cent stamp picturing a space telescope in space, is not quite ordinary.

The U.S. postage rate was 25 cents in April 1990, but the stamp affixed to this cover is an 18 cent "space telescope" stamp issued in 1981. Wanting to create an extra special cover for this special flight, I decided to try to have a cover canceled with only the 18 cent space telescope stamp as postage.

Evidently, the post office clerk canceling my covers didn't notice that my cover had inadequate postage and it slipped through and was nicely canceled.

Such "dishonest" behavior is not recommended, or legal, but sometimes to create special and unusual covers, such approaches are needed and can result in more special covers.

yeknom-ecaps
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From: Northville MI USA
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posted 05-17-2009 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen some similar shuttle related covers done using the space shuttle stamps. Not sure but I believe they were created by servicer Stan Henderson, the additional postage was added (and cancelled) on the back of the cover to get up to the current postage rate.

NAAmodel#240
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posted 05-18-2009 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NAAmodel#240   Click Here to Email NAAmodel#240     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was the cover postmarked at KSC or in Orlando? I seem to recall that the elongated width of the circle date stamp provides the clue.

Bob M
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posted 05-18-2009 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was canceled in Orlando, FL using the KSC cancel in use then from the Orlando-KSC Branch. There is an earlier double-ring cancel from Orlando that has the following around the inside of the cancel: "Orlando, FL Kennedy Space Center Br. USPS"

yeknom-ecaps
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posted 05-18-2009 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actual KSC cancels have the killer bars. The Orlando/Titusville versions don't.

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