The first envelope has no cachet while the second one does. Echo I was a huge balloon that had been put into orbit in an attempt to see if signals could be bounced off of it. It was so big and so reflective it was easy to stand out at night and see it pass over.
One of the earliest weather satellites.
Two totally different cachets for the same stamp. The first one has more traditional artwork. The second cover includes information on the other side of the envelope.
The same type of arrangement, the same year, but a different space satellite.
This stamp and cover are about the Viking mission to Mars.
This one appears to never have been canceled.
The same stamp, but this one has been canceled and has the date of 1974. This was an American orbiting satellite that was manned.
Then we move on to the manned moon landing in 1969.
Four different First Day Covers from the same year. The first has traditional artwork; the second has a fancier cachet, I would say. The last two are two of the astronauts on the mission. I don't have the third astronaut yet, though.
20 years on.
25 years on.
The same stamps on both. One of the envelopes I think has actually be made by someone. The other is a regular FDC with a very nice cachet, although part of it is covered by the stamps.
The last set of FDC covers I have all come from the same 1981 series.
The first one has all eight stamps in the series, a beautiful cachet and, like all the ones in the series, has information on the back.
There are sort of two sub-sets of stamps in the series. The ones on the sides compose one of these, and include the following FDCs.
The other subset is about the space shuttle.
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