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From: Shady Side, Md
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posted 12-06-2009 04:37 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 34 (December 7, 2009)

Space Cover #34: Milestone Space Shuttle Launches

The cover of the week is actually 2 covers which commemorate milestone Space Shuttle launches. The first cover commemorates the first Shuttle/Mir docking and the 100th U.S. Manned Spaceflight since 1961. STS-71 with Orbiter Atlantis launched on June 27, 1995 and docked with Mir on June 29, 1995. This was the first of nine Shuttle/Mir dockings to prepare for the International Space Station.

The second cover commemorates the launch of STS-92 with Orbiter Discovery on the 100th Space Shuttle Launch since 1981 on October 11, 2000. The primary payload payload was the Z-1 truss. This truss carried many critical items for the station's attitude, communications, thermal and power control systems.

The pictorial cancels used on the STS-71 cover were designed by Joel Katzowitz, a graphic designer and close associate of Ken Havekotte of Space Coast Cover Service who provides to NASA the emblem launch covers it sells at its gift shops.

The pictorial cancel used on the STS-92 cover was designed by R. Van Waay, a German graphics designer whose artwork was selected after reviewing many other design submissions.

John Macco
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Joel Katzowitz

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From: Marietta GA USA
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posted 12-06-2009 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the shout-out John.

What I remember most about doing those cancel designs was the shuttle schedule originally had STS-70 aligned to be the 100th U.S. Manned Space Flight. Then a Yellow-Shafted Flicker Woodpecker decided to poke some holes in the ET insulation. The damage forced NASA to roll Discovery back to the VAB for repairs. That allowed Atlantis to distinguish itself for both honors and allowed me to have two cancels on one cover.


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posted 01-29-2017 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fimych   Click Here to Email fimych     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a question regarding Shuttle-Mir docking postmarks. Here is an STS-71/Mir nice postcard with two postmarks: 1st docking KSC pictorial and Baikonur:

Another is a cover with ninth docking pictorial postmark used without the date stamp as a cachet:

The covers with blue postmark used as cachet are quite common – was there the same post-office device or they were just replicated? Any details on the numbers? Some I've seen quite frequently (like STS-71 or STS-81) other almost never (STS-74).

Antoni RIGO

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From: Palma de Mallorca, Is. Baleares - SPAIN
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posted 02-05-2017 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Efim, unfortunately I have any of the information requested by you about these Shuttle-MIR docking postmarks.

However, I can show you a cover with the scarce STS-74 KSC launch postmark. It was applied in a very large size cover together with the landing KSC pmk (from Orlando branch).

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