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Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 09-15-2012 09:38 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 179 (Sept. 16, 2012)

Space Cover #179: Pioneer Venus Program

As a followup to my posting in week 94, the space cover of this week commemorates the launches of the two Pioneer-Venus spacecraft — an orbiter and multiprobe spacecraft.

The orbiter was launched on May 20, 1978 aboard Atlas-Centaur #50 and the multiprobe was launched on August 8, 1978 aboard Atlas-Centaur #51. Both spacecraft were designed to conduct a comprehensive investigation of Venus and its atmosphere.

Mission operations were conducted from Ames Research Center.

Both of the covers were serviced by the Ames Research Center stamp club and autographed by Pioneer Project Manager, Charles F. Hall.

John Macco
Space Unit #1457

Bob M
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posted 09-16-2012 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob M   Click Here to Email Bob M     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to the handsome cachets that John has displayed above, the Ames Research Center Stamp Club also provided at least three more well-done cachets for the Pioneer-Venus mission.

Shown here is a red oval cachet applied to the back of one of my P-V launch covers and also cachets for the December 4th Orbiter orbit insertion and for the multi-probes and bus entering the Venus atmosphere on December 9th.

Apollo-Soyuz
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posted 09-16-2012 02:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo-Soyuz   Click Here to Email Apollo-Soyuz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The last 2 covers in Bob's post above were also serviced by the Ames Research Center Stamp Club.

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John Macco
Space Unit #1457

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