Space

My collection of Australian ‘space covers’ from the 1960s & 1970s. Most of these are from Woomera in South Australia. I do have some swaps/spares so contact me if you’d like to find out more !

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Categories (click on a category below to view covers)

Rockets Missions, Tracking Stations, etc
Aerobee Mercury
Aero High Gemini
Black Arrow Apollo
Black Brant
ELDO
Falstaff Balloons
H.A.D. / H.A.T. Mariner
H.A.S.P. Pioneer
Lorikeet Shuttle
Skylark Skylab
Sparta Soyuz
Turana Viking
U.A.R. Cockatoo Voyager
U.A.R. Kookaburra Miscellaneous
U.A.R. Other
Wresat

Aerobee |  Back to Categories

Aero High |  Back to Categories

Black Arrow |  Back to Categories

Black Arrow R0 (28 JUN 1969):

Black Arrow R1 (4 MAR 1970):

Black Arrow R2 (2 SEP 1970):

Black Arrow R3 / Prospero Satellite (28 OCT 1971):

Black Brant Rocket |  Back to Categories

ELDO |  Back to Categories

ELDO F1 (5 JUN 1964):

ELDO F2 (20 OCT 1964):

ELDO F3 (22 MAR 1965):

ELDO F4 (24 MAY 1966):

ELDO F5 (15 NOV 1966):

ELDO F6/1 (4 AUG 1967):

ELDO F6/2 (6 DEC 1967):

ELDO F7 (30 NOV 1968):

ELDO F8 (3 JUL 1969):

ELDO F9 (12 JUN 1970):

ELDO / Combination Launch Covers:

Falstaff |  Back to Categories

H.A.D. / H.A.T. |  Back to Categories

H.A.S.P. |  Back to Categories

Lorikeet |  Back to Categories

Skylark |  Back to Categories

SL422A:

SL403:

SL781:

SL502 / SL724  &  SL604 / SL606 (?):

SL861:

SL862:

UNKNOWN:

SL802:

SL727:

SL971:

SL811:

SL972:

SL1021:

SL1021:

SL904:

SL1001:

The cover above (with no impression) & below-left (cover number 0) are perhaps printing trials ?

UNKNOWN:

UNKNOWN:

SL922:

SL812-A:

SL812-B:

SL902:

SL1002:

SL973(?):

SL1101:

SL903:

SL1023:

SL1081:

SL1022:

SL402:

SL1003:

S-95:

SL1202:

SL1005:

SL1205:

SL1010:

SL1004:

SL1102:

SL1011:

SL1111:

SL1203:

SL1207:

S98 Helios-A:

SL1112:

SL1203:

SL1115:

SL1501:

SL1212:

SL1815:

SL1115:

SL1114(?):

SL1115A:

UNKNOWN:

SL CC10:

Sparta |  Back to Categories

Turana |  Back to Categories

U.A.R. Cockatoo Sonde |  Back to Categories

U.A.R. Kookaburra Sonde |  Back to Categories

U.A.R. Other |  Back to Categories

Wresat |  Back to Categories

Mercury |  Back to Categories

Gemini |  Back to Categories

Below are some examples from my collection of Australian ‘Tracking Station’ covers from the early Gemini missions, starting with the first crewed flight Gemini 3 (GT-3). A NASA astronaut was sometimes present in Carnarvon WA for these missions. In fact Pete Conrad was the CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) for GT-3. He went on to fly in both Gemini 5 & Gemini 11, and of course walked on the moon with Apollo 12. Astronaut Dave Scott was in Carnarvon for GT-4, then later flew with Gemini 8, Apollo 9, and walked on the moon as a member of Apollo 15. Both these astronauts signed covers in Australia, as can be seen below, and the CAPCOM also signed covers in some cases.

MISSION
CODE
DATE
CARNARVON CAPCOM
ASTRONAUTS
Gemini 3
GT-3
23 MAR 65
Charles 'Pete' Conrad / (Danny Hunter)
Gus Grissom / John Young
Gemini 4
GT-4
4-8 JUN 65
Ed Fendell
Jim McDivitt / Ed White
Gemini 5
GT-5
21-29 AUG 65
Charles 'Chuck' Lewis
Gordon Cooper / Pete Conrad
Gemini 6A
GT-615-16 DEC 65
Bill Garvin / Harold Draughon
Wally Schirra / Tom Stafford
Gemini 7
GT-74-18 DEC 65
Bill Garvin / AS Davis / Keith Kundel
Frank Borman / Jim Lovell
Gemini 8
GT-816-17 MAR 66
Ed Fendell / AS Davis / Keith Kundel
Neil Armstrong / Dave Scott
Gemini 9A
GT-93-6 JUN 66
Bill Garvin / Brizzolara
Tom Stafford / Gene Cernan
Gemini 10
GT-1018-21 JUL 66
Jim Fucci
John Young / Michael Collins
Gemini 11
GT-1112-15 SEP 66
Bill Garvin
Pete Conrad / Richard Gordon
Gemini 12
GT-1211-15 NOV 66
Jim Fucci
Jim Lovell / Buzz Aldrin

Gemini 3 (23 MAR 1965):

Gemini 4 (3-7 JUN 1965):

Gemini 5 (21-29 AUG 1965):

Gemini 6A (15-16 DEC 1965):

Gemini 7 (4-18 DEC 1965):

Gemini 8 (16-17 MAR 1966):

Gemini 9 (3-6 JUN 1966):

Gemini 10 (18-21 JUL 1966):

Gemini 11 (12-15 SEP 1966):

Gemini 12 (11-15 NOV 1966):


Apollo Missions |  Back to Categories

Apollo 4 (9 NOV 1967) – Unmanned:

Apollo 5 (22 JAN 1968) – Unmanned:

Apollo 6 (4 APR 1968) – Unmanned:

Apollo 7 (11-22 OCT 1968) – Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walter Cunningham:

Apollo 8 (21-27 DEC 1968) – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, William Anders:

Apollo 9 (3-13 MAR 1969) – Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, Rusty Schweickart:

Apollo 10 (18-26 MAY 1969) – Tom Stafford, John Young, Gene Cernan:

Apollo 11 (16-24 JUL 1969) – Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin:

Apollo 12 (14-24 NOV 1969) – Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, Alan Bean:

Apollo 13 (11-17 APR 1970) – Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, Fred Haise:

Apollo 14 (31 JAN – 9 FEB 1971) – Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, Edgar Mitchell:

Apollo 15 (26 JUL – 7 AUG 1971) – Dave Scott, Alfred Worden, Jim Irwin:

Apollo 16 (16-27 APR 1972) – John Young, Ken Mattingly, Charlie Duke:

Apollo 17 (7-19 DEC 1972) – Gene Cernan, Ron Evans, Harrison Schmitt:

Balloon Missions |  Back to Categories

Biosatellite 3 (29 JUN 1969) – Bonny the Monkey:

Mariner Missions |  Back to Categories

Mariner 5:

Mariner 9:

Mariner 10:

Pioneer Missions |  Back to Categories

Shuttle Missions |  Back to Categories

STS-1 Mission – 12th Apr 1981 (Launch) to 14th April 1981 (Landing):

STS-2 Mission – 12th Nov 1981 (Launch) to 14th Nov 1981 (Landing):

STS-3 Mission – 22nd Mar 1982 (Launch) to 30th Mar 1982 (Landing):

STS-9 Mission – 28 Nov 1983 (Launch) to 8 Dec 1983 (Landing):

STS-41-B Mission – 3rd Feb 1984 (Launch) to 11th Feb 1984 (Landing):

STS-41-C Mission – 6th Apr 1984 (Launch) to 13th Apr 1984 (Landing):

STS-41-D Mission – 30th Aug 1984 (Launch) to 5th Sept 1984 (Landing):

STS-51-A Mission – 8th Nov 1984 (Launch) to 16th Nov 1984 (Landing):

STS-51-B Mission – 29th Apr 1985 (Launch) to 6th May 1985 (Landing):

STS-26 Mission – 29th Sept 1988 (Launch) to 3rd Oct 1988 (Landing):

STS-27 Mission – 2nd Dec 1988 (Launch) to 6th Dec 1988 (Landing):

STS-29 Mission – 13th Mar 1989 (Launch) to 18th Mar 1989 (Landing):

STS-31 Mission – 24th Apr 1990 (Launch) to 29th Apr 1990 (Landing):

STS-35 Mission – 2nd Dec 1990 (Launch) to 11th Dec 1990 (Landing):

STS-45 Mission – 24th Mar 1992 (Launch) to 2nd Apr 1992 (Landing):

STS-46 Mission – 31st Jul 1992 (Launch) to 8th Aug 1992 (Landing):

Skylab Missions |  Back to Categories

Skylab SL-1 Mission (Skylab Launch) – 14th May 1973:

Skylab SL-2 Mission (1st Crewed Mission) – 25th May 1973 – 22nd Jun 1973:

Skylab SL-3 Mission (2nd Crewed Mission) – 28th Jul 1973 – 25th Sep 1973:

Skylab SL-4 Mission (3rd Crewed Mission) – 16th Nov 1973 – 8th Feb 1974:

Soyuz Missions |  Back to Categories

Viking Missions |  Back to Categories

Voyager Missions |  Back to Categories

Miscellaneous Covers |  Back to Categories