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JBoe
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posted 12-20-2015 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was looking to get this UTC Liberty cover, but didn't know if the cancellation five days after the retrieval takes away from being a first day cover. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-20-2015 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"First Day Cover" is a philatelic term that refers to the day that a stamp is issued. If an envelope is postmarked on the first day that a stamp is released, then it is a "First Day Cover."

This cover, regardless of when it was postmarked, was never a first day cover. It is an event cover. My guess is that it was postmarked when the boosters arrived back at the port.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 12-20-2015 05:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is correct, Robert, as most of the SRB retrieval event covers were posted at the Cape on their return trip with flown-spent booster in-tow.

JBoe
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posted 12-20-2015 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert and Ken, thanks for the info an getting me up to speed on the difference. I didn't realize it took five days to RTP with them. Thanks!

Ken Havekotte
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posted 12-20-2015 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The usual RTP after a shuttle booster retrieval mission is 1-2 days after launch, but some did take a few days longer as with STS-2.

JBoe
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posted 12-21-2015 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found a subsequent cover that stated there were heavy seas, delaying it to the Dock/Cleaning & Disassembly Facility.

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