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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 11-20-2011 12:39 PM     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 136 (November 19, 2011)

Space Cover #136: Rollout of Shuttle Enterprise

With the retirement of the space shuttle earlier this year, I thought I'd show an autographed cover from the early history of the program.

The above cover was autographed by the following shuttle officials:

  1. NASA-HQ Program Director, Dr. Myron Malkin
  2. JSC Program Director, Robert Thompson
  3. JSC Orbiter Project Manager, Aaron Cohen
  4. JSC ALT Program Manager, Deke Slayton
  5. KSC Project Manager, Dr. Robert Gray
  6. MSFC Project Manager, Robert Lindstrom
  7. MSFC SRB Project Manager, George Hardy
  8. MSFC ET Project Manager, James Odom
  9. MSFC SSME Project Manager, James Thompson
All the shuttle project officials were very receptive to autograph requests.

The above photo was received in reply to an autograph request. The crews were very receptive to autograph requests.

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John Macco
Space Unit #1457

Bob M
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posted 11-22-2011 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And here's another Palmdale Enterprise rollout cover with a Rockwell Space Division Stamp Club cachet and signed by a few more Shuttle officials.

Some could say that this event, and this date, Sept. 17, 1976, was the beginning of the Space Shuttle Program, while the date, July 21, 2011, the date that Atlantis landed on STS-135, was the official end of it.

Bob M
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posted 11-23-2011 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Found inside the cover above was a 1976 news clipping I saved. At the time of the Enterprise rollout, it predicted a very optimistic future for the Space Shuttle Program and one Senator was quoted as saying "...that the $40 billion which congress appropriated for the overall space program would turn out to be its best investment in US history." Also the senator added "We have made a better deal for America than the purchase of Alaska..."

As we all know, things didn't turn out quite as well as many expected and predicted

All times are CT (US)

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