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From: Australia
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 07-10-2011 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ross   Click Here to Email Ross     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 117 (July 10, 2011)

Space Cover #117: A Unique Aussie Cover

Apollo 16 was launched on 16 April 1972 (17 April in Australia) and was tracked by a network of tracking stations around the world, including Australia. In addition, other stations were responsible for various communication links, while other organisations were associated with the Apollo program in various ways.

Australia played a vital role with its Carnarvon tracking station in the west and the Honeysuckle Creek/Tidbinbilla complex (one of three main tracking stations as part of NASA's Deep Space Network) in the east. In addition, a number of stations such as NASA's Communication Network in Canberra and various OTC (Overseas Telecommunication Centre) stations handled the communication side of things.

The unique cover illustrated above was postmarked at Woomera, location of Australia's first tracking station. In addition, it was taken to 14 other centres including the two main tracking stations, which added their cachets and signatures to the cover to make a truely wonderful memento of Australia's participation in Apollo 16.

To give readers, who are not familar with Australia, an idea of the distances involved in creating this cover, Australia is approximately the same size as the USA. Thus, going from Carnarvon (top left cachet) to Tidbinbilla (second from the right, top row) is equivalent to going from the West coast of the US to the East coast!

I bought this cover many years ago from Jack Koch of Bay Stamps who was a major dealer in Space covers in Australia (amongst other areas). He also produced the majority of Aussie Space covers from the 60s until his death in the 90s. I paid $75 for the cover which was quite a lot at the time. I don't know if Jack produced the cover or somebody else. However, I believe all the cachets were obtained during the actual Apollo 16 mission.

I hope you enjoyed my cover.

If you would like to see a higher resolution scan click here.


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From: Washington, DC, USA
Registered: Apr 2003

posted 07-10-2011 05:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding cover Ross! And welcome to Space Cover of the Week!!!


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From: millersville, maryland, usa
Registered: Jul 2004

posted 07-10-2011 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for stevedd841   Click Here to Email stevedd841     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome Ross to the Space Cover of the Week group! Love your Aussie tracking station cover shown for Apollo 16. It is absolutely fabulous! Steve SU 4379.


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From: Shady Side, Md
Registered: Sep 2004

posted 07-10-2011 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ross- Great cover. I always thought that the collecting of tracking station covers was a very interesting topic to collect. There was a publication devoted to the collecting of tracking station covers called "The Dish". Bob Ekas a Space Unit member published the lists.

John Macco
Space Unit #1457


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From: Northville MI USA
Registered: Aug 2005

posted 07-10-2011 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yeknom-ecaps   Click Here to Email yeknom-ecaps     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ross - great item!!! I have collected tracking stations for years and had never encounted an item like this ..... hope to find one like it!

Welcme to SCOW!

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