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LIBERTY BELL 7 SPACE COVERS

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This list is devoted exclusively to Space Voyage Covers produced by Robert Rank. Space Voyage Covers started producing covers for unmanned launches around 1970 after Space Craft Covers stopped following the death of owner Joe Fitzpatrick. Carl Swanson, Space Craft’s artist, continued Space Craft Covers after Joe’s death but only produced covers for the Apollo moonlandings, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, and a few odds & ends. Bob Rank and Space Voyage Covers basically started producing covers right where Space Craft Covers stopped and continued into the Space Shuttle program. Space Voyage Covers continued the Space Craft tradition by producing beautiful, bi-colored cachets that include considerable, accurate information on the launch or flight event. Even the "secret satellite" launches are well documented. Here is a great opportunity to fill in some holes that may exist in your collection!



APOLLO FLIGHTS - LUNAR VOYAGE CACHETS

(Note: Space Voyage Covers was originally called Lunar Voyage)

APOLLO-14 Moonlanding, 2-5-71, KSC $4.25
APOLLO-14 Splashdown, 2-9-71, KSC $4.00
APOLLO-14 Launch/Moonlanding, 1-31-71 & 2-5-71 (double cancel):

A. ATS $5.25

B. CC $5.25

C. KSC $5.25

D. Satellite Beach $5.25
APOLLO-14 Moonlanding/Lunar Lift-Off, 2-5-71 & 2-6-71 (double cancel):

A. ATS $5.00

B. CC $5.00

C. KSC $5.00

D. Satellite Beach $5.00
APOLLO-14 Lunar Lift-Off/Splashdown, 2-6-71 & 2-9-71 (double cancel):

A. CC $4.75

B. KSC $4.75
APOLLO-15 Splashdown, 8-7-71, KSC $4.00
APOLLO-15 Launch/Moonlanding, 7-26-71 & 7-30-71 (double cancel), KSC-ATS $5.00
APOLLO-15 Moonlanding/Lunar Lift-Off, 7-30-71 & 8-2-71 (double cancel), KSC-ATS
APOLLO-15 MOONROCKS OPENED, 8-9-71, Houston
$4.75
$2.00
APOLLO-16 Launch, 4-16-72, Houston $3.75
APOLLO-16 Moonlanding, 4-20-72:

A. CC $3.75

B. Houston $3.75

C. KSC $3.75
APOLLO-16 Lunar Lift-Off, 4-23-72:

A. CC $3.50

B. Houston $3.50

C. KSC $3.50
APOLLO-16 Subsatellite Launch, 4-24-72:

A. CC $3.75

B. Houston $3.75

C. KSC $3.75
APOLLO-16 Splashdown, 4-27-72:

A. CC $3.50

B. Houston $3.50

C. KSC $3.50
APOLLO-17 Moonlanding, 12-11-72:

A. CC $3.50

B. KSC $3.50
APOLLO-17 "Orange" Soil Discovered, 12-12-72:




B. KSC $3.25
APOLLO-17 Lunar Lift-Off, 12-14-72:

A. CC $3.25



APOLLO-17 Splashdown, 12-19-72:

A. CC $3.25

B. KSC $3.25
APOLLO-17 Launch/Moonlanding, 12-6-72 & 12-11-72 (double cancel), Houston $5.00
APOLLO-17 Lunar Lift-Off/Splashdown, 12-14-72 & 12-19-72 (double cancel), Houston $4.50


SKYLAB & ASTP - SPACE VOYAGE CACHETS

APOLLO-11 5th ANNIVERSARY (7-20-74) SLOGAN CANCEL:

A. Denver,CO $2.25

B. Houston $2.25

C. KSC (7-16-74) $2.25

D. Washington,DC $2.25


$8.00






SKYLAB-3 1st Spacewalk, 8-6-73, KSC $2.50
SKYLAB-3 2nd Spacewalk, 8-24-73, Houston $2.50
SKYLAB-3 Final Spacewalk, 9-22-73, CC $2.50
SKYLAB-3 Splashdown, 9-25-73, KSC $2.50
SKYLAB STAMP FIRST DAY OF ISSUE, 5-14-74:

A. CC $2.75

B. Edwards, CA $2.75

C. Ellington AFB, TX $2.75

D. Houston $2.75

E. KSC $2.75

F. MSFC $2.75

G. VAFB $2.75

H. WSMR $2.75

I. Set of 8 First Day Covers (A - H) $20.00

Note: All cities except Houston are unofficial first day of issue covers.
ASTP First Crew Transfer, 7-17-75, KSC $2.25


LIFTING BODY FLIGHTS - SPACE VOYAGE CACHETS

(SPACE SHUTTLE FORERUNNERS) Note: All Lifting Body Flights postmarked Edwards, CA

X-24B:

7-19-73, 1st. Captive Flight On B-52 $4.00

8-17-73 (John Manke), 2nd. Free Flight $3.50

8-31-73 (John Manke), 3rd. Free Flight $3.50

9-18-73 (John Manke), 4th. Free Flight $3.50

12-12-73 (John Manke), 7th. Free Flight $3.50

2-15-74 (Mike Love), 8th. Free Flight $3.00

3-5-74 (John Manke), 1st. Supersonic Flight $3.00

4-25-74 (Mike Love), Captive Flight $3.00

4-30-74 (Mike Love), 10th. Free Flight $3.00

5-24-74 (John Manke), 11th. Free Flight $3.00

6-14-74 (Mike Love), 12th. Free Flight $3.00

6-28-74 (John Manke), 13th. Free Flight $3.00

8-8-74 (Mike Love), 14th. Free Flight $3.00

8-29-74 (John Manke), 15th. Free Flight $3.00

10-25-74 (Mike Love), 16th. Free Flight $3.00

12-17-74 (Mike Love), 18th. Free Flight $3.00






SPACE SHUTTLE - SPACE VOYAGE CACHETS


ALT UNMANNED CAPTIVE INERT TESTS





IC-3, 2-25-77, Edwards - MC $3.00


MISC. SHUTTLE EVENTS

Enterprise Rollout, 9-17-76, Palmdale CA - MC $3.00
First Use Mate-Demate Device, 2-8-77, Edwards CA - MC $3.00



INTER-PLANETARY PROBES - SPACE VOYAGE CACHETS

MARINER-10 Photographs Venus, 2-5-74:




A. KSC $3.00
PIONEER-10 Launch, 3-3-72:

A. CC  $3.00

B. KSC $3.00
PIONEER-10 Enters Asteroid Belt, 7-15-72, CC $2.50
PIONEER-11 Launch, 4-6-73, CC
PIONEER VENUS PARACHUTE TEST #3, 5-19-77, Holloman AFB
PIONEER VENUS PARACHUTE TEST #3, 5-19-77, WSMR
$3.00
$3.00
$3.00
MARS SPED CHUTE TEST, 10-9-70, WI $3.25
PAET MARS TEST, 6-21-71, WI $3.25
VIKING PARACHUTE QUALIFICATION TESTS (All pmk Roswell, NM):

A. 7-11-72 $5.00

B. 7-26-72 $5.00

C. 8-13-72 $5.00

D. 8-19-72 $5.00

E. Set of 4 tests (A-D) $17.00
VIKING-1 Enters Mars Orbit, 6-19-76, Barstow CA $3.00
VIKING-1 Mars Landing, 7-20-76:

A. Arecibo, PR $3.25

B. Hampton, VA $3.25

C. KSC $3.25
VIKING-1 CLOSEST PHOTOS OF PHOBUS, 2-19-77, Pasadena
VIKING-1 FINAL PHOTOS OF PRIME MISSION, 2-28-77, Pasadena
VIKING-1 DEEPEST TRENCH DUG, 3-2-77, Pasadena
VIKING-1  PHOBUS PHOTOS, 5-27-77, Pasadena
$2.00
$2.00
$2.00
$2.00
VIKING-2 Launch, 9-9-75, Pasadena, CA $3.00
VIKING-2 Enters Mars Orbit, 8-7-76:

A. Hampton, VA $3.00

B. Pasadena, CA $3.00
VIKING-2 Mars Landing, 9-3-76, Hampton, VA $3.25
VIKING-2 First Test Of Soil, 9-12-76:

A. Hampton, VA $3.00


B. Pasadena, CA
$3.00


MISC. UNMANNED LAUNCHES - SPACE VOYAGE CACHETS

INTELSAT III, 4-23-70, CC $2.50
MIDEAST RECON SATELLITE, 7-22-70, VAFB $2.25
OSCAR-19, 8-27-70, VAFB $2.25
MIDAS-10, 11-6-70, KSC $2.25
OFO, 11-9-70, WI $2.50
NOAA-1, 12-11-70, VAFB $2.50
SAMOS-81, 1-21-71, VAFB $2.00
INTELSAT IV, 1-25-71:

A. CC (1-26-71) $2.50

B. KSC $2.50

C. PAFB (1-26-71) $2.50

D. Satellite Beach $2.50
NATO-B, 2-2-71:

A. CC $2.25

B. KSC $2.25

C. PAFB $2.25

D. Satellite Beach $2.25
EXPLORER-43, 3-13-71:

A. CC $2.25

B. KSC $2.25
AECS, 3-20-71, VAFB $2.25
ISIS-2, 3-31-71, VAFB $2.25
SAMOS-82, 4-22-71, VAFB $2.00
SAMOS "BIG BIRD", 6-15-71, VAFB $2.00
SOLRAD-10, 7-9-71, WI $2.25
OV1-20/21, 8-6-71, VAFB $2.25
EOLE, 8-16-71, WI $2.25
STRATOSCOPE-2 BALOON, 9-10-71, Huntsville,AL $3.50
BARIUM ION CLOUD, 9-21-71, WI $2.00
ITOS-B, 10-21-71, VAFB $2.25
DSCS II-1&2, 11-2-71:

A. CC (11-3-71)(MC or HC) $2.25

B. KSC $2.25
EXPLORER-45, 11-15-71, Malindi, Kenya $4.25
MIDAS, 12-5-71:

A. CC (MC or HC) $2.00

B. KSC (12-6-71) $2.00
ARIEL-4, 12-11-71, VAFB $2.25
INTELSAT IV, 12-19-71, KSC $2.25
SAMOS "BIG BIRD", 1-20-72, VAFB $2.00
INTELSAT IV, 1-22-72 (1-24-72), KSC $2.25
HEOS-2, 1-31-72, VAFB $2.25
MIDAS-12, 3-1-72:

A. CC $2.00

B. KSC $2.00
TD-1A, 3-11-72, VAFB $2.25
SAMOS "SALT POLICEMAN", 5-20-72, VAFB $2.00
SALT CHECK-UP, 5-25-72, VAFB $2.00
INTELSAT IV, 6-13-72:

A. CC $2.25

B. KSC $2.25
BIG BIRD-3, 7-7-72, VAFB $2.00
ERTS-1, 7-23-72, VAFB $2.25
EXPLORER-46, 8-14-72, WI $2.25
EXPLORER-47, 9-22-72:

A. KSC $2.25

B. PAFB (date slug is inverted) $2.25
RADCAT, 10-2-72, VAFB $2.25
BIG BIRD-4, 10-10-72, VAFB $2.00
NOAA-2/OSCAR-6, 10-15-72, VAFB $2.25
CODE 417, 11-8-72, VAFB $2.00
ANIK-1, 11-9-72, KSC $2.25
EXPLORER-48, 11-15-72, Malindi, Kenya $4.25
ESRO IV, 11-21-72, VAFB $2.25
NIMBUS-5, 12-10-72, VAFB $2.25
AEROS, 12-16-72, VAFB $2.25
PROGRAM 313, 12-20-72, KSC $2.00
SAMOS-91, 12-21-72, VAFB $2.00
ANIK-2, 4-20-73:

A. CC $2.25

B. KSC $2.25
SAMOS (FAILS TO ORBIT), 6-26-73, VAFB $2.00
BIG BIRD-6, 7-13-73, VAFB $2.00
SKYNET-2A, 1-18-74, KSC $2.25
SAMOS-97, 2-13-74, VAFB $2.00
SAN MARCO-4, 2-18-74, Malindi, Kenya $4.00
UK-X4, 3-8-74, VAFB $2.25
DMSP, 3-16-74, VAFB $2.25
BIG BIRD-8, 4-10-74, VAFB $2.00
ATS-6, 5-30-74:

A. CC $2.25

B. KSC $2.25
SAMOS-99, 6-6-74, VAFB $2.00
NTS-1, 7-13-74, VAFB $2.25
AEROS-2, 7-16-74, VAFB $2.25


MISC. LAUNCHES - INTER-SPACE CACHETS

Note: These are the same as Space Voyage Cachets except they have the Inter-Space logo.

SAMOS (FAILS TO ORBIT), 6-26-73, VAFB $2.00


                                                                          ABBREVIATIONS USED

ATS: Astronaut Trail Station PAFB: Patrick Air Force Base
CC: Cape Canaveral PMK: Postmarked
KSC: Kennedy Space Center VAFB: Vandenberg Air Force Base
MSFC: Marshall Space Flight Center WI: Wallops Island

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