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Bob M
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posted 11-22-2009 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 32 (November 22, 2009)

Space Cover #32, Ares I-X Launch

On October 28th, NASA's first flight of the Constellation Program's Ares launch vehicle took place. The 327 foot tall Ares I-X rocket, with a dummy second stage, lifted off from newly refurbished Launch Complex 39B, reaching a top speed of Mach 4.7 and an altitude of about 150,000 feet.

Of course, covers were created for this flight, including Ares I-X's rollout to the launch pad. Two Ares I-X covers are shown here that were created by Ken Havekotte, the longtime space collector-dealer, and owner/operator of SpaceCoast Cover Service of Merritt Island, FL.

The top cover was canceled for the Ares I-X launch and is cacheted with the Ares 1-X Program emblem and has both a standard 44-cent flag stamp and a "Zazzle" photo stamp picturing the actual Ares 1-X launch (It's kind of a neat trick to have a stamp canceled showing an event that happened the same day! But with the USPS's 30-day "grace period," such things can be accomplished.)

The 44-cent flag stamp was an unwanted extra, but was required because of the USPS's rule that privately produced "Zazzle" stamps can't be used on philatelic material without regular first class postage also affixed.

The bottom cover is a special creation by Ken, as it was canceled from three KSC-area post offices (KSC, Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island) that Ken traveled to on the day of launch.

Ken has a number of various Ares 1-X event covers available and those interested can contact him at khavekotte@cfl.rr.com for information on them.

Bob McLeod
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Tykeanaut
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posted 11-22-2009 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are these available to buy?

Bob M
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posted 11-22-2009 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Because of technical problems, I was only able to post part of my message, but have now been able to finish and Ken's e-mail address is now included.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-23-2009 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tykeanaut:
Are these available to buy?
Can I have your email address? I would like to send you some scans of available Ares I-X postal cover and card selections. I'll look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

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