SPACE SHUTTLE
FIRST DAY COVERS

The goal of the space shuttle was to decrease the cost of the space program by reusing as much of the hardware as possible.

STAMP ISSUES

Challenger STS-7 mission stamp. 1994 date of stamp issue.
Two Columbia STS-9 Spacelab mission info pages.

FIRST DAY COVERS

ALT - Enterprise Approach and Landing Tests - 1977
This cover features the mission logo for the ALT shuttle test flights. The Approach and Landing Test flights were a series of five non-space tests for the shuttle orbiter Enterprise, that occurred in 1977.
This is a Space Voyage cover for the first of the manned Approach and Landing Test flights 12-August-1977.
Here is a second cover for the first manned ALT shuttle test flight.
And this is a third cover for the same event cancelled 12-August-1977.
Here is another Space Voyage cover, this time for the fifth and last ALT test flight on 28-October-1977.
and here we have an unused postcard featuring the Enterprise and specially adapted 747 launch vehicle.
STS-1 - Columbia Maiden Voyage - 12-April-1981
The Launch of the Space shuttle Columbia 12-April-1981 exactly 20 years to the day since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Colorano Silks Cachet.
The return of the Space shuttle Columbia 14-April-1981. Colorano Silks Cachet.
The launch of the Space shuttle Columbia. cancelled 21-May-1981 for the stamp release.
STS-5 - First commercial flight
STS-5 was the first operational flight of the Space Shuttle and included a number of other firsts including the first four manned crew and the commissioning of two satellites. This is a certificate issued to those who were there to witness the launch.
STS-6 - Challenger Maiden Voyage - 4-April-1983
This is a Colorano Silks first day cover commemorating the launch of the Space shuttle Challenger. cancelled 4-April-1983.
STS-41D - Discovery Maiden Voyage - 30-August-1984
Colorano Silks cover for the maiden voyage of Discovery. Cancelled on the day.
STS-51J - Atlantis Maiden Voyage - 3-October-1985
This is a Colorano Silks first day cover commemorating the first launch of the Space shuttle Atlantis. cancelled 3-October-1985.
STS-51L - Challenger disaster - 28-January-1986
Colorano Silks issued this cover for STS-51L the Challenger mission disaster. Cancelled on the day.
A standard mission emblem cover issued on the day of the ill-fated flight.
This is a second cover cancelled on the day of the disaster.
Cancelled on the first anniversary of the STS-51 disaster and featuring the pair of Challenger crew commemorative stamps.
This cover commemorates the fifteen year anniversary of the ill fated Challenger shuttle mission. cancelled 28-January-2001.
STS-49 - Endeavour Maiden Voyage - 7-May-1992
This is a Colorano Silks first day cover commemorating the first launch of the Space shuttle Endeavour. cancelled 7-May-1992.
STS-71 - Atlantis first shuttle/Mir docking
- 4-July-1995
This Russian first day cover has been autographed by the crew of the Mir space station. It also features the complete set of four stamps issued for the event and is cancelled at Moscow for the docking 29-June-1995 with the official first day postmark. Hand signed by the crew members who were waiting on board MIR: Anatoly Solovyev, Nikolai Budarin, Vladimir Dezhurov, Gennady Strekalov.

The crew of Orbital Station MIR after docking: Gibson, Precourt, Harbaugh, Baker, Dunbar, Solovyev, Budarin, Thagard, Dezhurov, Strekalov.

Here is an American cover featuring the mission logo commemorating the launch of the Atlantis mission STS-71 destined for Mir. It features a special cancellation for the 100th American manned flight.
Pictured here is the American Colorano silks cover cancelled on the 29-June-1995 for the docking of Atlantis to the Mir space station.
This is another Colorano silks cover, this time cancelled on 30-June.
STS-76 - Atlantis Mir docking - 24-March-1996
Here is the Russian first day cover cancelled 27-March-1996 commemorating the joint shuttle / Mir mission.
This is a second Russian cover commemorating the undocking. It features two of the four stamps issued for the First Atlantis Mir docking STS-71 and is cancelled 29-March-1996.
STS-91 - Final Mir docking - 2-June-1998
This is a Colorano Silks cover issued for the final docking of Mir by the space shuttle. This was the last visit by America's shuttle fleet to Mir the first being STS-71 followed by STS-74, STS-76, STS-79, STS-81, STS-84, STS-86, STS-89 and finally STS-91. The shuttle Atlantis docked with Mir seven times whilst Discovery and Endeavour docked once each.
STS-88 - First visit to ISS - 4-December-1998
Issued for the space shuttles first visit to the new International Space Station, this Colorano Silks cover was cancelled for the undocking of Endeavour from ISS.
STS-107 - Columbia disaster - 1-February-2003
This is the 16th January launch cover for the Columbia's flight STS-107 that disintegrated on re-entry on the 1st February.
Here we have the Colorano silks cover for the 16th January launch of the STS-107 mission.
STS-133 - Discovery Final Flight - 24-February-2011
The shuttle orbiter Discovery flew its last flight on 24-February-2011 returning on 9-March before being retired. This cover was issued for the launch of this final flight.
Featured here is a cover cancelled for the return of Discovery from its final space flight before retirement.
This is a colorano silks cover issued for the launch of Discovery's final flight.
and this is the matching silks cover issued for the landing.
STS-134 - Endeavour Final Flight - 16-May-2011
The space shuttle Endeavour followed with its last flight on 16-May-2011. It was retuired on its return on 1st-June. This cover was issued for the launch of Endeavour's final flight.
Here is a cover cancelled for the return of Endeavour from its final flight before retirement on 1-June-2011.
This is the Colorano silks cover for Endeavour's STS-134 mission launch.
and here is the matching Colorano silks cover cancelled for Endeavour's landing.
STS-135 - Atlantis Final Flight - 8-July-2011
The shuttle orbiter Atlantis flew its last flight on 8-July-2011 returning on 21-July before being retired. This cover was issued for the launch of this final flight.
Featured here is a cover cancelled for the return of Atlantis from its final space flight before retirement.
This is the Colorano silks cover for the launch of the STS-135 mission.
And this is the matching silks cover for the mission landing.
Shuttle Programme
Issued to commemorate the 30 years of the shuttle programme, this cover features the first and last dates each orbiter flew for. It was cancelled 21-July-2011 when the last Shuttle flight STS-135 returned to Earth.
Another cover commemorating the shuttle programme and cancelled on 21-July-2011 for the return of STS-135.

PROJECT CONSTELLATION

Issued for the launch on 28-October-2009 of the unmanned Ares 1-X rocket test flight.


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