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Theodore Cordy "Ted" Freeman (February 18, 1930 – October 31, 1964), (Capt, USAF), was an American aeronautical engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, & NASA astronaut. He was killed in the crash of a T-38 jet, marking the first fatality among the NASA Astronaut Corps. On October 31, 1964, Freeman was making a return flight from McDonnell-Douglas training facilities in St. Louis, MO. He was killed during final approach to landing at Ellington Air Force Base, Houston, Texas, when a goose flew into the port-side air intake of his NASA-modified T-38 Talon jet trainer causing immediate engine failure & resulting in the jet crashing.
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An A R Critchfield souvenir cover with black & white design Cape Kennedy local post stamp of Theodore Freeman. The cover is cancelled with a Space Capsule fdi postmark in blue-green & the JFK stamp cancelled a nice Cape Canaveral wavy line machine cancel, cancelled on the first anniversary of his death.

Is it not clear to me why the fdi cancel was used on the local post stamp as these where issued on 18th February 1965 as the cover below shows:
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For the 2nd Anniversary of the death of JFK, Robert Rank overprinted some (maybe all) of the Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps issued on November 22, 1964 & January 29, 1965. Below is example of "Chimp Ham" to illustrate the differences in those seen :
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The changes made from the stamp on the left to the stamp on the right are:

(1) top left - reduction in value from 10c to 5c,
(2) bottom left - addition of year 1965 &
(3) bottom right - addition of flame & cauldron.

I will next show the covers I have with these overprinted local stamps next.
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For the next four covers I won't give the detailed descriptions of the local post stamps & these have been given on pages 50 & 51.

Eight overprinted Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps will be shown in pairs on fdcs but I don't know if these were specifically selected or were unsold left over from the previous year or I just haven't seen the rest & they are out there somewhere.

Remember those in blue were issued for the 1st Anniversary of the death of JFK while those in green for the 1st Anniversary of the launch of the Kennedy Rocket (Saturn).
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Robert Rank Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps with JFK & the Mercury Capsule & JFK & Alan Shepard cancelled with an Eternal Flame fdi postmark in red & JFK stamp cancelled a nice Cape Canaveral 4 bar cds hand cancel, cancelled on the second anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
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Robert Rank Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps with JFK & Chimp Ham & JFK & Chimp Enos cancelled with an Eternal Flame fdi postmark in red & JFK stamp cancelled a nice Cape Canaveral 4 bar cds hand cancel, cancelled on the second anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
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Robert Rank Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps with JFK & Gordon Cooper & JFK & Deke Slayton cancelled with an Eternal Flame fdi postmark in red & JFK stamp cancelled a nice Cape Canaveral 4 bar cds hand cancel, cancelled on the second anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
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Robert Rank Cape Kennedy Local Post stamps with JFK & the Gemini Capsule & JFK & Titan 3 rocket cancelled with an Eternal Flame fdi postmark in red & JFK stamp cancelled a nice Cape Canaveral 4 bar cds hand cancel, cancelled on the second anniversary of the assassination of JFK.
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Mariner 4 was the fourth in a series of spacecraft intended for planetary exploration in a flyby mode. It was designed to conduct closeup scientific observations of Mars & to transmit these observations to Earth. Launched on November 28, 1964, Mariner 4 performed the first successful flyby of the planet Mars, returning the first pictures of the Martian surface. It captured the first images of another planet ever returned from deep space; their depiction of a cratered, seemingly dead world largely changed the view of the scientific community on life on Mars. On December 21, 1967 communications with Mariner 4 were terminated.
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Robert Rank Local Post stamp issued for the first anniversary of the launch of Mariner 4 cancelled on fdi with Mariner 4 local post fdi cancel in magenta & the JFK stamp cancelled with nice Cape Canaveral wavy line machine cancel on Monday November 29, 1965.
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Gemini 7 (officially Gemini VII) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the fourth manned Gemini flight, the twelfth manned American flight & the twentieth manned spaceflight including Soviet flights & X-15 flights above the Kármán line. The crew of Frank F. Borman, II & James A. Lovell, Jr spent nearly 14 days in space, making a total of 206 orbits. Their spacecraft was the passive target for the first manned space rendezvous performed by the crew of Gemini 6A. It launched from Cape Kennedy on December 14, 1965 & splashed down on December 18, 1965 & was recovered by USS Wasp.

Gemini 7 was originally intended to fly after Gemini 6, but the original Gemini 6 mission was cancelled after the failure during launch of the Agena Target Vehicle with which it was meant to rendezvous & dock. The objective of rendezvous was so important, that it was decided to fly the alternate Gemini 6A mission concurrently with Gemini 7, using the latter as the rendezvous target.

The original mission of Gemini 7 changed little with these new plans. It was always planned to be a long duration flight, investigating the effects of fourteen days in space on the human body. This doubled the length of time that anyone had been in space & stood as the longest spaceflight duration record for five years.
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Orbit souvenir cover postmarked in launch date of Gemini 7 at Cape Canaveral with nice 4 bar cds hand cancel.
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Gemini 6 was scheduled to be launched on October 25, 1965 & Schirra & Stafford boarded their Gemini 6 craft to prepare for launch. Fifteen minutes later, the unmanned Atlas-Agena target vehicle was launched. After a successful burn of the Atlas booster, the Agena's secondary engines fired to separate it from the Atlas. But immediately after the Agena's primary engine fired at the six minute mark in its flight, telemetry was lost. A catastrophic failure apparently caused the vehicle to explode, as Range Safety was tracking multiple pieces of debris falling into the Atlantic Ocean. After 50 minutes, the Gemini launch was cancelled.

After reviewing the situation, NASA decided to launch an alternate Gemini 6A mission, eight days after the launch of Gemini 7, which was scheduled as a 14-day ultra long duration mission in December. Gemini 6A would perform the first rendezvous of two spacecraft in orbit, using 7 as the target, though they would not dock. The crews also discussed the possibility of Stafford performing an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) from 6A to 7, swapping places with Gemini 7 pilot Jim Lovell, but the commander of Gemini 7, Frank Borman, objected, pointing out that it would require Lovell to wear an uncomfortable EVA suit on a long-duration mission.

Gemini 6A (officially Gemini VI-A) was a 1965 manned United States spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. The mission achieved the first manned rendezvous with another spacecraft, its sister Gemini 7. Although the Soviet Union had twice previously launched simultaneous pairs of Vostok spacecraft, these established radio contact with, but came no closer than several kilometres of each other, while the Gemini 6 and 7 spacecraft came as close as one foot (30 cm) and could have docked had they been so equipped.

Gemini 6A was the fifth manned Gemini flight, the 13th manned American flight, and the 21st manned spaceflight of all time (including X-15 flights over 100 kilometers (54 nautical miles))

Gemini 6A was also to be recovered by the USS Wasp.
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"The original flight insignia patch of Gemini 6"
Walter Schirra explained the patch in the book All We Did Was Fly to the Moon:

The Gemini 6 patch is hexagonal in shape, reflecting the mission number; and the spacecraft trajectory also traces out the number "6". The Gemini 6 spacecraft is shown superimposed on the "twin stars" Castor and Pollux, for "Gemini".

I designed the patch to locate in the sixth hour of celestial right ascension. This was the predicted celestial area where the rendezvous should occur (in the constellation Orion). It finally did occur there.

The original patch had called the flight GTA-6 (for Gemini-Titan-Agena) and showed the Gemini craft chasing an Agena. It was changed when the mission was altered to depict two Gemini spacecraft.
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The Kōkee Park Geophysical Observatory (also known as NASA MSFN (Manned Space Flight Network) Station 12):

The NASA facility is situated in Kōkee State Park on the northwestern rim of Waimea Canyon, which is often described as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Construction of the tracking station began in 1960 & was operational in time to support the first unmanned orbital Mercury-Atlas 4 flight in September 1961. The Hawaii station's location in the central Pacific made it perfect for supporting a range of spaceflight programs from NASA's human flights to unmanned scientific satellites & military missile launches. The Kōkee Park station was initially a joint venture between NASA & the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PRMF) (aka: Barking Sands), which is located a short distance away on Kauai. By 1965, however, friction between NASA & DoD led to a complete transfer of station control to NASA where it has resided ever since.

Over the 48 years of its operation, the Kōkee Park tracking station has supported all NASA human flight activities, Air Force ICBM launches, naval exercises, & nuclear test programs. In this regard, it has been a success story of inter-agency cooperation. With its unique geographic location, this ground station was the busiest in the worldwide spacecraft radio tracking network during the 1960s & 1970s.
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Souvenir cover presumably produced by the addressee for "NASA MSPN Station 12" tracking of Gemini 6A & cancelled with a nice number 1 duplex Waimea Hawaii hand cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 6A.
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The California Tracking Station at Lompoc California was situated at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Vandenberg AFB is a Department of Defense space & missile testing base, with a mission of placing satellites into polar orbit from the West Coast of the USA. Established in 1941, the base is named after former Air Force Chief of Staff General Hoyt Vandenberg.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the tracking of Gemini 6A & cancelled with a Lompoc California wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 6A.
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The Spacecraft Tracking and Data (Acquisition) Network (STADAN or STDN) was established by NASA to satisfy the requirement for long-duration, highly-available space-to-ground communications. Consisting of parabolic dish antennas & telephone switching equipment deployed around the world, the STADAN provided space-to-ground communications for approximately 15 minutes of a 90-minute orbit period. This limited contact period sufficed for unmanned spacecraft, but manned spacecraft require a much higher data collection time. In May 1971 STADAN was consolidated with the Manned Space Flight Network (MSFN) to form the Spaceflight Tracking & Data Network (STDN)

NASA had one of these tracking stations at East Grand Forks Minnesota although it is not clear to me when it commenced.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the tracking of Gemini 6A & cancelled with an East Grand Forks Minnesota wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 6A.
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Rosman Satellite Tracking Station, which was established by NASA in 1962 was located in the Pisgah National Forest near Balsam Grove, North Carolina. The site was part of the worldwide Spacecraft Tracking & Data Acquisition Network & an integral communications link for the manned space programs Project Gemini & Project Apollo. The facility was transferred to the National Security Agency (NSA) in 1981 &, as the Rosman Research Station, was used as an signals intelligence gathering facility. The site was closed by the NSA in 1995 & turned over to the United States Forest Service.

Recognizing the utility of the site, a small group of interested scientists & businessmen formed a not-for-profit foundation, which acquired the site in January 1999 for astronomical observation purposes. The observatory maintains a staff of professional astronomers, engineers, & other scientists Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a non-profit astronomical observatory. PARI operates multiple radio telescopes & optical telescopes for research & teaching purposes. The observatory is affiliated with the University of North Carolina system through the Pisgah Astronomical Research & Science Educational Center (PARSEC).
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the tracking of Gemini 6A & cancelled with a Balsam Grove 4 bar cds hand cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 6A.
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USS Wasp (CV/CVA/CVS-18) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the U S Navy. The ship, the ninth US Navy ship to bear the name, was originally named Oriskany, but was renamed while under construction in honor of the previous Wasp (CV-7), which was sunk 15 September 1942. Wasp was commissioned in November 1943, & served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theatre of Operations, earning eight battle stars. Like many of her sister ships, she was decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, but was modernized & recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), & then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She played a prominent role in the manned space program, serving as the recovery ship for five missions: Gemini IV, Gemini VI, Gemini VII, Gemini IX & Gemini XII.
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Van Dahl cachet cover postmarked with nice machine cancel of the USS Wasp on the day that Gemini 6A was recovered, December 16, 1965.
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This unknown rubber stamp type cachet for Gemini 6 was applied to the reverse of the Van Dahl cover above.
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On September 1, 1961, Don Adolfo Lopez Mateos rendered his III Government Report to the nation, to allow the US government install a tracking station near Guaymas. & by June, the Mercury Project tracking station was inaugurated in Guaymas, Sonora, which allowed US & Mexican scientists to participate until the initial agreement, at the end of 1963, in direct observations on the exploration of outer space. It appears that this period was extended.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the tracking of Gemini 7 & cancelled with a Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 7.
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USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850) is a U S Navy Gearing class destroyer. The ship was named after Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., a naval aviator, son of the former Ambassador to Britain, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., & older brother of President John F. Kennedy. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. served, with interruptions for modernization, until 1973. Among the highlights of her service are the blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis & the afloat recovery teams for Gemini 6 & Gemini 7. The US manned space program was one of Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.'s more recent commitments; leaving Newport on 27 November 1965, the ship took station 1,200 nautical miles southeast of Bermuda as part of the afloat recovery team for Gemini 6 & Gemini 7 on a 14-day orbital & rendezvous mission in space. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. is on display as a museum ship in Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts. She was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, & designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989 as one of a small number of surviving Gearing-class destroyers.
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet souvenir cover for the recovery of Gemini 7. The cover is cancelled with a nice USS Joseph P Kennedy 4 bar cds hand cancel & cancelled on December 18, 1965, the date of the splashdown of Gemini 7. The previously discussed USS Wasp was the prime recovery ship of the task force & the ship that recovered Gemini 7 but the USS Joseph P Kennedy was also a member of that taskforce.
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Robert Rank Cape Kennedy Local Post Stamp for International Co-Operation Year 1965.

The stamp depicts sounding rockets which carry instruments into the upper atmosphere to investigate its nature & characteristics, gathering data from meteorological measurements at altitudes as low as 32 kilometres to data for ionospheric & cosmic physics at altitudes up to 6400 kilometres. Sounding rockets also flight-test instruments to be used in satellites. The term "sounding rocket" derived from the analogy to maritime soundings made of the ocean depths.

Sounding rockets played an important role in the International Geophysical Year (IGY), an 18-month period (1 July 1957 to 31 December 1958) coinciding with high solar activity. The IGY was an intensive investigation of the natural environment-the earth, the oceans, & the atmosphere-by 30 000 participants representing 66 nations. More than 300 instrumented sounding rockets launched from sites around the world made significant discoveries regarding the atmosphere, the ionosphere, cosmic radiation, auroras, & geomagnetism.
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Robert Rank Local Post stamp issued for the International Co-Operation Year & the 6th Anniversary of the UN resolution for co-operation in outer space for peaceful purposes on fdi with the ICY symbol fdi postmark in violet & the JFK stamp cancelled with nice Cape Canaveral wavy line machine cancel on December 12, 1965.
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In the mid-1950s, the U S under the Eisenhower announced plans for the development of an unmanned Earth satellite to be launched into orbit in conjunction with the International Geophysical Year (July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958). The goal of the initial satellite program, Project Vanguard, was to put an object into orbit around the earth, collect data, & to conduct scientific experiments on the earth's atmosphere. The Russian government had the same goal & successfully launched Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, into space on October 4, 1957. The first successful United States satellite launch occurred with Explorer 1 on January 31, 1958. NASA was officially established in October 1958. With these events, the age of satellite telemetry & space exploration had begun.

In 1961, Congress provided funding for an operational meteorological system to be administered & run by the US Weather Bureau, Department of Commerce. The Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS) and Nimbus Programs were born from this initiative. NASA identified Gilmore Valley near Fairbanks, Alaska, as an ideal location for a satellite data collection facility. The deep and remote valley provided a radio-quiet environment to receive low-level satellite transmissions. By 1961, NASA had set up its first Data Analysis Facility on the site with an operations building and one active 85-foot (26-metre) antenna. The facility was operated by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, under contract to NASA. The facility's initial mission was to receive data transmitted by the first polar-orbiting satellites.

By 1964, a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations was established by NASA, referred to as the Satellite Tracking & Data Acquisition Network (STADAN). The operations building & first two antennas served as components of the former Alaska STADAN station, which supported early weather satellite programs. In 1965, a 40-foot (12-metre) parabolic dish antenna was added to download data from satellites when the 85-foot (26-metre) antenna was unavailable.

Minitrack was one of the first satellite programs implemented by the newly formed NASA, with a mission to accurately determine the earth's orbit, thereby yielding completely new information about the earth's gravity field and shape. In 1966, the Alaska Minitrack system located at the "College Site" 6 miles north of Fairbanks was relocated to the Gilmore Creek facility.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the tracking of Gemini 6A & cancelled with a College, Alaska, wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch of Gemini 6A.
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Robert Rank Local Post stamps blue & green for "Cape Kennedy" & blue & red for "Satellite Beach" for the 5th Anniversary of the Inauguration of JFK.
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Robert Rank Local Post souvenir cover for the 5th Anniversary of the Inauguration of JFK cancelled with the fdi eternal flame postmark in magenta & JFK stamp cancelled with nice 4 bar cds hand cancel on January 20th, 1966.
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Gemini 8 (officially Gemini VIII) was the sixth manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. The mission conducted the first docking of two spacecraft in orbit, but suffered the first critical in-space system failure of a U.S. spacecraft which threatened the lives of the astronauts & required immediate abort of the mission. The crew was returned to Earth safely. The only other time this happened was on the flight of Apollo 13. It was launched on March 16, 1966 & returned to Earth on March 17, 1966 after a flight of almost 11 hours.

It was the twelfth manned American flight & the twenty-second manned spaceflight of all time (including X-15 flights over 54 nautical miles). Command pilot Neil Armstrong's flight marked the second time a U.S. civilian flew into space (Joseph Albert Walker became the first U.S. civilian on X-15 Flight 90). Armstrong (there is a name to remember) had resigned his commission in the U S Naval Reserve in 1960. The Soviet Union had launched the first civilian, Valentina Tereshkova (also the first woman), aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.

The original plan was for Gemini 8 to land in the Atlantic, but that was supposed to be three days later. The USS Leonard F. Mason (a Gearing-class destroyer) recovered the capsule 500 miles east of Okinawa & 620 miles south of Yokosuka, Japan.
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in blue & cancelled at the Kennedy Space Center with nice pictorial NASA rocket launch machine cancel on the day of the launch March 16, 1966. I don't know when this cancel was first used but it is the earliest example I have.
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Gemini 5, a step back in time for a recent arrival, (officially Gemini V) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the third manned Gemini flight, the eleventh manned American flight, & the nineteenth spaceflight of all time, including two X-15 flights above 54 nautical miles. It was also the first time an American manned space mission held the world record for duration, set on August 26, 1965, by breaking the Soviet Union's previous record set by Vostok 5 in 1963.

Gemini 5 doubled the U.S space-flight record of the Gemini 4 mission to eight days, the length of time it would take to fly to the Moon, land & return. This was possible due to new fuel cells that generated enough electricity to power longer missions, a pivotal innovation for future Apollo flights, instead of the chemical batteries used on previous manned spacecraft. Gordon Cooper & "Pete" Conrad were the pilots for this mission. Command Pilot & Mercury veteran Gordon Cooper was the first person to fly two Earth orbital missions:
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in blue & cancelled at the Kennedy Space Center with wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch August 21, 1965.
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Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper Jr. (born March 6, 1927 in Shawnee Oklahoma – October 4, 2004), (Col, USAF), better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, & one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the U S.

Cooper piloted the longest & final Mercury spaceflight in 1963. He was the first American to sleep in space during that 34-hour mission & was the last American to be launched alone to conduct an entirely solo orbital mission. In 1965, Cooper flew as Command Pilot of Gemini 5.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the home coming of Gordon Cooper (how could they spell that wrong on the cover) & postmarked with nice Shawnee Oklahoma machine slogan cancel "Home Town Astronaut Gordon Cooper". This cover is a recent acquisition & relates to his Project Mercury flight. Cover is signed by Leo Winters the Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma at the time.
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We earlier discussed the cancellation of Gemini 6 & it's replacement Gemini 6A which was a 1965 manned U S spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. The mission achieved the first manned rendezvous with another spacecraft, its sister Gemini 7. Although the Soviet Union had twice previously launched simultaneous pairs of Vostok spacecraft, these established radio contact with, but came no closer than several kilometres of each other, while the Gemini 6 & 7 spacecraft came as close as one foot & could have docked had they been so equipped.
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in blue depicting the rendezvous & cancelled at the Kennedy Space Center with nice pictorial NASA rocket launch machine cancel on the day of the launch December 15, 1965. I don't know when this cancel was first used but it is now the earliest example I have.
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The Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) satellites were a series of four American space observatories launched by NASA between 1966 & 1972, which provided the first high-quality observations of many objects in ultraviolet light. Although two OAO missions were failures, the success of the other two increased awareness within the astronomical community of the benefits of space-based observations, & led to the instigation of the Hubble Space Telescope.

The first OAO was launched successfully on 8 April 1966, carrying instruments to detect ultraviolet, X-ray & gamma ray emission. Before the instruments could be activated, however, a power failure resulted in the termination of the mission after three days. The spacecraft was tumbling (out of control), such that the solar panels could not be deployed to recharge the batteries that would supply power to the electrical & electronic equipment on board.
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Swanson Spacecraft cachet for "OAO-1" postmarked with nice Cape Canaveral wavy line machine cancel on April 8, 1966, the date of the launch, with insert below.
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We seem to be jumping all over the place at the moment & I have a big jump for something that arrived a couple of days ago the content of which surprised me a little & I had to consult a leading Astro Philatelist to confirm the authenticity of the allegation.

Now who wouldn't buy a cover cancelled at "Kill Devil Hills" just for the name, let alone a connection to Project Mercury.

Believe it or not "Kill Devil Hills" is a real town in North Carolina although it was not formed till around 1953. It is in Dare County, North Carolina with a population now of around 7,000. It is the most populous settlement in both Dare County & on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I understand the Post Office opened here in 1938. Imagine the looks you would receive when some asks where do you live & you reply "Kill Devil Hills". :shock:

But how does a town get a name like this? Perhaps the most plausible explanation & the one the town officially endorses stems from rum carrying ships that sometimes ran aground off the treacherous barrier islands during Colonial days. In 1728, William Byrd of Virginia wrote that "Most of the Rum they get in this Country comes from New England, & is so bad & unwholesome, that it is not improperly called 'Kill-Devil,' & there is a story that the ship loaded with this 'Kill-Devil Rum' was wrecked opposite the sand hills, thus accounting for the name."

The town is home to the site of the Wright brothers' first controlled, powered airplane flights on December 17, 1903, which were commemorated by the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which was dedicated in 1932. At the time of their flight, the town of Kill Devil Hills did not exist & Kitty Hawk, popularly noted as the site of the famous flights, is approximately four miles to the north, & was the nearest settlement at the time of the famous flight.

So "Kill Devil Hills" did not exist in 1903 :!:
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A "Russ Russell" souvenir cachet paying tribute to 60 years of "Heroes of Space", including Orville Wright, Enos & John Glenn & postmarked on the 59th anniversary of Orville Wright's historic flight with a nice 4 bar cds hand cancel.
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"Russ Russell is that really his name :?:
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So "Russ Russell" now spills the beans & tells us that nearly 3,000,000 Project Mercury "official" fdi cancels were backdated using a post office that was non- existant at the time.

Now we know the post office here started as Artesia in 1891 & became Port Canaveral in 1954 which in turn became Cape Cananveral on September 1, 1962 :!:

This means on the date of issue of the Project Mercury stamp, February 20, 1962, Cape Canaveral Post Office did not exist as it was still called Port Canaveral :roll:
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These official February 20, 1962 cancels are not what they seem, back dated to a post office that was not in existence at the time. Now here we are spoiling a good story with the facts.
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Now what would JFK thought of this :?:
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So here we have genuine cancels from Port Canaveral between February 20, 1962 & September 1, 1962, which I had thought to have been accidental late usage or per favour cancels:
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Now to look for a cover with last day of Port Canaveral (August 31, 1962) & first day of cape Canaveral (September 1, 1962). :)
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All of this just makes you want to change colour & disappear off to another country :D
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The Saturn IB (pronounced "one B") was an American launch vehicle commissioned by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) for the Apollo program. It replaced the S-IV second stage of the Saturn I with the much more powerful S-IVB, able to launch a partially fueled Apollo Command/Service Module (CSM) or a fully fueled Lunar Module (LM) into low Earth orbit for early flight tests before the larger Saturn V needed for lunar flight was ready.

By sharing the S-IVB upper stage, the Saturn IB & Saturn V provided a common interface to the Apollo spacecraft. The only major difference was that the S-IVB on the Saturn V burned only part of its propellant to achieve Earth orbit, so it could be restarted for translunar injection. The S-IVB on the Saturn IB needed all of its propellant to achieve Earth orbit.

AS-203 (or SA-203) was an unmanned flight, the second of the 10 Saturn IB rockets, which was launched on July 5, 1966. It carried no Apollo Command/Service Module spacecraft, as its purpose was to verify the design of the S-IVB rocket stage restart capability that would later be used in the Apollo program to boost astronauts from Earth orbit to a trajectory towards the Moon. It successfully achieved its objectives, but the stage was inadvertently destroyed after four orbits.
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Earlier I showed this cover for the launch of Gemini V:
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Some more recent arrivals for the recovery ships of Gemini V.

USS Lake Champlain (CV/CVA/CVS-39) was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers completed during or shortly after World War II for the U S Navy. She was the second US Navy ship to bear the name, & was after the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.

Commissioned on 3 June 1945, Lake Champlain did not participate in World War II, but did serve as a transport, bringing troops home from Europe as part of Operation Magic Carpet. Like many of her sister ships, she was decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, but was modernized & recommissioned in the early 1950s, & redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA). In the late 1950s, she was redesignated as an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). She was the prime recovery ship for the first manned Mercury & Lake Champlain completed her last major duty on 29 August 1965 when she served as the primary recovery ship for Gemini V.
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USS Du Pont (DD-941), named for Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont USN (1809–1866), was a Forrest Sherman-class destroyer built by the Bath Iron Works Corporation at Bath in Maine & launched by Mrs. H. B. Du Pont, great-great-grandniece of Rear Admiral Du Pont; & commissioned 1 July 1957. She was part of the Gemini V recovery force & the first ship to reach the Gemini V space capsule after it landed, & her crew stood by to ensure that both astronauts & capsule were recovered safely:
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in black & cancelled with the USS Du Pont 4 bar cds hand cancel on the day of the recovery August 29, 1965.
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USS James C. Owens (DD-776), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, is the only ship of the U S Navy to be named after Lieutenant James C. Owens, Jr., a member of Torpedo Squadron 8 on board USS Hornet. His entire squadron was lost in an attack against Japanese aircraft carriers 4 June during the Battle of Midway. Lt. Owens received the Navy Cross & the Presidential Unit Citation (US) posthumously.

James C. Owens (DD-776) was laid down 9 April 1944, by the Bethlehem Steel Co., San Pedro, California & launched 1 October 1944; sponsored by Mrs. James C. Owens, Jr., widow of Lt. Owens & was commissioned on 17 February 1945. She was designated a recovery ship for the Gemini V orbital space mission.
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USS New (DD/DDE-818) was a Gearing-class destroyer of the U S Navy, named after U S Marine Corps Private First Class John D. New (1924–1944), who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for "selfless conduct" in the Battle of Peleliu.

New was laid down on 14 April 1945 by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas; launched on 18 August 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Barbara Julien, sister of PFC John New; & commissioned on 5 April 1946. Whilst I cannot find a reference that USS New was part of the Gemini V recovery force, in July 1969, New was part of the support fleet for the Apollo 11 moon landing, on station in the launch abort area in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in black (on the reverse) & cancelled with the USS New 4 bar cds hand cancel on the day of the recovery August 29, 1965.
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Another example of the USS New but this time with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill stamp:
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Unknown rubber stamp type cachet in black & cancelled with the USS New 4 bar cds hand cancel on the day of the recovery August 29, 1965.
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USS Neosho (AO-143) was the lead ship of her class of fleet oilers of the U S Navy, in service from 1954 to the early 1990s.

The fourth Neosho was laid down 15 August 1952 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts, & named Neosho on 29 September 1953. She was launched on 10 November 1953, sponsored by Mrs. Phillips, wife of Rear Admiral John S. Phillips, the last commanding officer of the USS Neosho (AO-23), which survived the Attack on Pearl Harbor & was sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea. AO-143 was commissioned on 24 September 1954, but like USS New I can't find a reference that she was part of the recovery force for Gemini V:
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Over the past month or so I have posted a lot covers related to JFK & the "Space Race".

I also posted details of a movie called "The Right Stuff" which covered the early US involvement in space up to "Project Mercury" & John Glenn's orbit of Earth.

Here is another one - "Hidden Figures" which is currently on in the Cinemas here:
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HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Also starred Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst & Jim Parsons.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/

A most enjoyable movie & a must for anyone who has an interest in the space race, philatelic or otherwise.

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OSO 3 (Orbiting Solar Observatory 3) was launched on March 8, 1967, into a nearly circular orbit of mean altitude 550 km, inclined at 33° to the equatorial plane. Its on-board tape recorder failed on June 28, 1968, allowing only the acquisition of sparse real-time data during station passes thereafter; the last data were received on November 10, 1969. OSO 3 re-entered the Earth's atmosphere & burned up on April 4, 1982.

Like all the American Orbiting Solar Observatory (OSO) series satellites, it had two major segments: one, the "Sail", was stabilized to face the Sun, & carried both solar panels & Sun-pointing experiments for solar physics. The other, "Wheel" section, rotated to provide overall gyroscopic stability & also carried sky scanning instruments that swept the sky as the wheel turned, approximately every 2 seconds.
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ATS-2 (Applications Technology Satellite) was a communications satellite launched by NASA on April 6, 1967 on an Atlas-Agena D rocket from Cape Canaveral. It had the following objectives: test new concepts in spacecraft design, propulsion & stabilization; capture high quality images of cloud cover; collect data measurements in an aerospace environment; & test improved communication systems.

The launch of ATS-2 went entirely according to plan up to the first Agena burn. When the second burn was initiated, the Agena engine failed to restart & the satellite could not be placed in the correct orbit. Post flight investigation found that the oxidizer isolation valve had failed to close after the first burn. This valve was supposed to prevent propellant from escaping the tanks & filling the turbo pump during the coasting phase, but since it remained open, the pump developed vapor lock & thus it became impossible to pump oxidizer in. A tiny amount of ISP was generated by the gas generator igniter cartridge. The low periapsis of the orbit caused the satellite to tumble more than the stabilization system could compensate, which complicated its mission. The satellite still produced some usable data from the experiments, most notably those regarding cosmic rays and particles. It re-entered the atmosphere on September 2, 1969.
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the launch of ATS 2 cancelled with nice Kennedy Space Center pictorial NASA rocket launch machine cancel on the day prior to the launch the 5th April 1967.
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The U S Air Force launched eight communications satellites into orbit, in a single throw, on a Titan IIIC rocket, increasing its "globe girdling satellite communications network" to 15 located above the Earth & closing the gaps between the seven launched in 1966. This of course was 9 days before Astronauts Grissom, White & Chaffee killed in the Apollo I fire
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Unknown cachet souvenir cover for the launch of the USAF Titan IIIC rocket cancelled with nice Cape Canaveral wavy line machine cancel on the day of the launch the 18th April 1967.
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John F Kennedy’s diary sells for close to $1 million
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A DIARY kept by a young John F Kennedy has sold for more than $A959,800.

The tome, written during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II, includes Kennedy’s reflections on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations.

Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $A959,818 ($US718,750) on Wednesday, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $US200,000. Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said.

The diary is mostly typed but includes 12 handwritten pages. It was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and travelled through a devastated Europe.
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Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said the auction was thrilling, with bidders from around the country vying for the personal observations of the man who’d become president. “My expectations were exceeded, but I’m not surprised because it’s such a significant and historic manuscript,” Livingston said. He said the diary’s new owner was the nephew of brothers Joseph Alsop V and Stewart Alsop, two influential columnists during the Kennedy presidency.

Kennedy gave the diary to Deirdre Henderson, a research assistant in his campaign office in the late 1950s who now lives in the Boston area.

In the diary, Kennedy reflected on his time in a gutted Berlin and even saw Hitler’s bunker, speculating that he had not been killed. He wrote that Hitler “had in him the stuff of which legends are made.” Kennedy recorded his thoughts on world events in the aftermath of World War II.

But Henderson said in an interview last month that should not be misinterpreted as sympathy for the German dictator. “He said that in reference to the mystery surrounding him and not the evil he represented,” Henderson said. Kennedy expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the fledgling United Nations, questioning whether it “will prove effective in the sense of its elaborate mechanics being frequently employed or vitally decisive in deterring war or peace.”

Henderson said she put the diary up for sale so it can be properly preserved, and she was confident the winning bidder would respect her wish. She said she wanted the sale to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Kennedy’s birth this year. “I’m more than pleased with the outcome,” Henderson said. “I think it was the right price at the right time.”

Kennedy, the 35th US president, served from January 1961 until he was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
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The Space Race between the Soviet Union & the United States, the two Cold War superpowers, began just before the Soviet Union launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, in 1957. Both countries wanted to develop spaceflight technology quickly, particularly by launching the first successful human spaceflight. The Soviet Union secretly pursued the Vostok programme in competition with the U S Project Mercury. Vostok launched several precursor unmanned missions between May 1960 & March 1961, to test & develop the Vostok rocket family & space capsule. These missions had varied degrees of success, but the final two—Korabl-Sputnik 4 & Korabl-Sputnik 5—were complete successes, allowing the first manned flight.
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12 days later Poland issued this fdc for Yuri Gagarin's one orbit flight around the Earth:
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In 1961, the US suffered another shock when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. The U S, it seemed, was still falling behind in the Space Race.

President Kennedy understood the need to restore America's confidence and intended not merely to match the Soviets, but surpass them. On May 25, 1961, he stood before Congress to deliver a special message on "urgent national needs." He asked for an additional $7 billion to $9 billion over the next five years for the space program, proclaiming that "this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." President Kennedy settled upon this dramatic goal as a means of focusing and mobilizing the nation's lagging space efforts. Skeptics questioned the ability of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to meet the president's timetable. Within a year, however, Alan Shepard & Gus Grissom became the first two Americans to travel into space.
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On 6th & 7th August 1961 Russian Cosmonaut Gherman Titov became the second man to orbit the Earth & doing it 16 times. Poland issued this fdc for the event shortly after on August 24, 1961:
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With the Space Race now well & truly on, Romania issued a set of stamps in 1964 for the first 10 Russian Vostok Cosmonauts & US Mercury 7 Astronauts who had orbited the Earth:
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Yuri Gagarin (March 9, 1934 - March 27, 1968) was the 1st man in Space & in Vostock 1 he did one complete orbit of the earth in a flight that lasted 1 hour & 48 minutes on April 12, 1961:
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He was killed in a routine training flight. :(
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