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Antoni RIGO
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posted 01-21-2018 04:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Cover of the Week, Week 451 (January 21, 2018)

Space Cover #451: Scrubbed launches

Astrophilatelists around the world collect covers for key space events as launches, dockings, insertions in orbits, landings etc.

Furthermore, Astrophilately often offer the chance to collect other kind of covers as interesting as previous ones described but usually overlooked by collectors.

When nominal launches are succeeded, the first cover that appears in our collections for a specific mission is the launch cover with correct date and place.

However, many missions were preceded of scrubbed launch dates (for several reasons) just with appreciation in specialized space media. And Astrophilately, as specialized space work, reflects many of these "shadow" dates with covers and/or postcards bringing to the light these occults dates and showing how difficult and complex a launch is.

The postcard above shown is dated April 10, 1981 for the scrubbed launch of STS-1 which all know occurred two days later, on April 12.

There are many, many other space missions with scrubbed dates (some examples are shown below). In fact, I am wondering if "all" launches had a scrub date.

Please, you are invited to share with others your covers with these precious and maybe rare scrubbed dates.

micropooz
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posted 01-21-2018 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey, great topic, Toni! One of my faves!

Just for some background, we discussed John Glenn's multiple Mercury scrubs in SCOTW 148, and Stafford's multiple Gemini scrubs in SCOTW 44. It will be interesting to see more of the Shuttle scrubs - especially STS 61C, 51L, and 35 that, if I remember right, scrubbed 5+ times each.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-21-2018 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An interesting topic, Antoni, and how about the abort launch attempts as well. Remember the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission 41-D that delayed the flight for more than 2 months. It was the shuttle program's first launch abort at T-6 seconds on June 24, 1984. But if I recall, I believe that Bob McLeod had a SCOTW feature about Mission 41-D's launch attempt.

As Antoni pointed out, STS-61C had many (6) back-to-back launch scrubs, but in my opinion, the most fowled up mission would have to be STS-35/Columbia in 1990 with scrubs, rollbacks, and even a change of pads when Columbia moved from Pad A to B to make room for an Atlantis flight on Mission STS-38. It was a mess all the way around!

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-21-2018 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And don't forget 51E/Challenger. Seems like you can find those covers easily, some with partial crew signatures.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-22-2018 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh my gosh, Hart, the never flown 51-E mission was a big mess as well.

Similar in some ways to STS-35, along with scrubbed attempts, the mission also required a rollback, a reassigned crew to fly aboard another Orbiter, and switching around a crewman.

Prior 51-E emblem cachet covers had already been printed by the time technical problems with Challenger's TDRS satellite cargo were becoming a major concern.

To the best of my knowledge, or from my own company experiences, it was the first time in shuttle philately that prior mission emblem covers (51-E) had a double-printed new mission logo (51-D) imprinted on the back-surface or the reverse side of the same envelopes. The unusual covers contained postal cancels on both cover surfaces marking key pre-launch activities and mission events.

Antoni RIGO
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posted 01-22-2018 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dennis, Ken, Hart. Thanks for all your comments and informations supplied.

This post was created with a double intention:

  1. Share with others space covers with quotation "scrub or scrubbed". Please, do not be shy and show your scrubbed covers.

  2. Try to categorize, or differentiate at least, the words for launches: delayed, postponed, aborted, scrubbed...
Is it possible to know exactly when a launch is delayed or is scrubbed, or aborted, or postponed... or there are similar ways to define the same concept?

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-22-2018 07:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking of 51E, while I have seen a cover with the final emblem, and I have seen a Baudry-only (six-astronaut) decal, I have never seen a Baudry-only cover.

And did anyone do covers for other shuttle crews which later changed and/or which were canceled? For example, when the 62A crew was announced, did someone get a cover postmarked with that date and then added the text (say) "62A crew announced / scheduled to be first Vandenberg flight"?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-22-2018 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For 51-E, Hart, we did do/print the original 51-E emblem cachet covers with Baudry's name on them. If you want, I would be happy to mail you one of the Baudry covers with my compliments.

To answer your second question about the 62A crew announcement, Hart, I am not aware of any prepared covers for it.

The Discovery mission with a crew of 7, headed by Crippen, was scheduled for July 1986 at Vandenberg's SLC-6 launch complex. Maybe a veteran cover collector from the Houston area may have had a few covers cancelled in his area for the first shuttle VAFB crew selection, but I do not know of any myself.

Antoni RIGO
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posted 01-23-2018 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Antoni RIGO   Click Here to Email Antoni RIGO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some examples of mission STS-51E (emblem with astronaut Baudry and shuttle Challenger).

For mission STS-62A I would like to see one of these supposed to exist covers.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-23-2018 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not seen any 62A covers. But in my collection, I have crew-signed 61F and G covers (obviously not canceled), and without cachet, and a 61H cover sans payload specialists and Buchli.

I was wondering, that's all. It seems like every event, no matter how obscure, that happened on MGA someone prepared a cover for, but I haven't seen similar covers for Shuttle, at least when it came to crew announcements.

OV-105
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posted 01-23-2018 02:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone see any covers for STS 51-D's original crew with Jarvis Walker or STS 61-E Astro 1?

Ken Havekotte
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posted 01-23-2018 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No covers were printed using crew logos for any of those earlier/changed missions, but only for 51-E/51-D and with a name change of a crewman on STS-133 that I can recall from my own company's shuttle cover productions.

Concerning the STS-62A crew selection, though, maybe Manned Spaceflight Covers, Rand, or Space City Cover Society may had produced covers for the Crippen/62A crew since they were all located near the JSC/Houston area where crew announcements were made public by NASA.

As a long-time space cover servicer and producer, my firm didn't normally print
covers for a Houston event, such as a crew selection, unless there was a direct KSC/CC involvement.

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