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Bob M

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From: Atlanta-area, GA USA
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posted 03-24-2012 09:06 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 154 (March 25, 2012)

Space Cover #154, Apollo-Saturn V Center Grand Opening Cover

On January 8, 1997, occurred the grand opening of the Apollo-Saturn V Center and the grand opening gala. This officially opened to the public the display of the huge Saturn V moon rocket inside the Apollo-Saturn V Center.

Since then, countless space fans have walked around and under the horizontally displayed 363-foot tall rocket, only one of three still in existence.

Shown here is a cover commemorating the A-SVC opening and the grand opening gala that was attended by ten Apollo astronauts, nine of which flew on the only 13 Saturn V's ever to be launched.

Pictured are those ten Apollo astronauts at the opening and were honored at the gala grand opening event.

The Saturn V rocket in the A-SVC has long been a favorite photo location for space fans, including astronauts. The bottom photo shows members of NASA's Astronaut Class of 1998/Group 17 lining up under the five huge Saturn V J-1 engines of the massive S-1C first stage.

Joel Katzowitz

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From: Marietta GA USA
Registered: Dec 1999

posted 03-24-2012 04:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice cover Bob. I designed the commemorative cancel, in conjunction with Ken Havekotte, for the event. Back in 1997 the cancel artwork was done old school, the Saturn V was actually hand drawn.

For anyone who might collect commemorative napkins with commemorative cancels applied, I might have a few left from the Grand Opening.

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