Swanson – Space Craft Covers

My simplified collection currently starts mid-1961 but I hope to add some 1960 & more 1961 covers this year. After that i’ll start investigating the different postmarks and hope to upgrade the condition of some of my covers as well.

I have tried to follow the numbering guide from the excellent ‘Space Craft Covers Monograph & Catalog’ (2nd Edition 98-90231) by Charles J Vukotich Jnr.

Thanks also to my friend Eddie Bizub of Liberty Bell 7 Space Covers for helping me understand these covers.

SCC # DESCRIPTION DATE yyyy/mm/dd FRONT INSERT
SCC005 Transit 4A 1961/06/29
SCC006 Tiros 3 1961/07/12
SCC007 Mercury ‘Liberty Bell 7’ / Grissom 1961/07/21
SCC012 Explorer 13 ‘Beer Can Satellite’ 1961/08/25
SCC013 Mercury Capsule ‘Talking Robot Astronaut’ 1961/09/13
SCC014 Saturn C-1 1961/10/27
SCC015 Space Monkey ‘Goliath’ 1961/11/10
SCC016 Transit 4-B 1961/11/15
SCC017 Ranger 2 1961/11/18
SCC018 Astrochimp ‘Enos’ Orbits Earth Twice 1961/11/29
SCC019 Composite 1 1962/01/24
SCC020 Ranger 3 1962/01/26
SCC021 Tiros 4 1962/02/08
SCC022 Mercury MA-6 1962/02/20
SCC022 [error with purple missing] Mercury MA-6 1962/02/20
SCC023 Project Mercury ‘Man in Space’ 1962/02/20
SCC024 Mercury MA-6 Recovery
SCC025 John Glenn Day
SCC026 John Glenn Day
SCC027 OSO 1 – Orbital Solar Observatory 1962/03/07
SCC028 Ranger 4 1962/04/23
SCC029 Saturn-Apollo SA-2 1962/04/25
SCC030 Seattle World Fair 1962/04/25
SCC031 Ariel 1 1962/04/26
SCC032 Anna 1 1962/05/10
SCC033 Project Mercury 1962/05/24
SCC034 Tiros 5 1962/06/19
SCC035 Telstar 1962/07/10
SCC036 Nike Zeus Intercept with Atlas ICBM 1962/07/19
SCC037 Mariner 1 1962/07/22
SCC038 Mariner II 1962/08/27
SCC039 Tiros 6 1962/09/18
SCC040 Alouette 1 1962/09/28
SCC041 Courier Type Satellite 1962/09/29
SCC042 Explorer 14 1962/10/03
SCC043 Project Mercury MA-8 1962/10/03
SCC044 Project Mercury 6 Orbits Sigma 7 1962/10/15
SCC045 Ranger 5 1962/10/18
SCC046 Explorer 15 1962/10/29
SCC047 Anna 2 1962/10/31
SCC048 Saturn Apollo SA-3 1962/11/16
SCC049 Stargazer 1962/12/13
SCC050 Relay 1 Satellite 1962/12/14
SCC051 Mariner II Fly-By Venus 1962/12/14
SCC052 Explorer 16 1962/12/16
SCC053 Transit 5A 1962/12/18
SCC054 Syncom 1 1963/02/14
SCC055 Saturn SA-4 1963/03/28
SCC056 Explorer 17 1963/04/03
SCC057 Telstar 2 1963/05/07
SCC058 Mercury MA-9 ‘Mission Accomplished’ 1963/05/15
SCC059 Recovery of MA-9 ‘Faith-7’ 1963/05/16
SCC060 Tiros 7 1963/06/19
SCC061 Geophysics Research Satellite 1963/06/29
SCC062 Syncom 2 1963/07/26
SCC063 Project Asset 1 1963/09/18
SCC064 Transit 5B 1963/09/28
SCC065 Vela Hotel 1 & 2 ‘An Eye in the Sky’ 1963/10/17
SCC066 Explorer 18 1963/11/27
SCC067 Atlas Centaur 1 1963/11/27
SCC068 Explorer 19 1963/12/19
SCC069 Tiros 8 1963/12/21
SCC070 Relay 2 1964/01/21
SCC071 Echo 2 1964/01/25
SCC072 Saturn SA-5 1964/01/29
SCC073 Ranger 6 1964/01/30
SCC074 Ariel 2 1964/03/27
SCC075 Project Gemini GT-1 1964/04/08
SCC076 Fire 1 1964/04/14
SCC077 Atom-Powered Satellite 1964/04/21
SCC078 Little Joe 2 1964/05/13 WANTED
SCC079 Saturn SA-6 1964/05/28
SCC080 Comsat Early Bird 1964/06/02
SCC081 Vela 3 & 4 – Nuclear Detection Satellites 1964/07/17
SCC082 Sert 1 1964/07/20
SCC083 Project Asset 2 1964/07/22
SCC084 Ranger 7 1964/07/28
SCC085 Syncom 3 ‘Olympic TV-Relay Station’ 1964/08/19
SCC086 Explorer 20 1964/08/25
SCC087 Nimbus 1 1964/08/28
SCC088 Titan 3A 1964/09/01
SCC089 OGO 1 1964/09/05
SCC090 COMSAT WANTED
SCC091 Saturn SA-7 1964/09/18
SCC092 Explorer 21 1964/10/04
SCC093 Explorer 22 1964/10/09
SCC094 Pioneer Project Rocket Postal Flight 1964/10/31
SCC095 Mariner 3 1964/11/05
SCC096 Explorer 23 1964/11/06
SCC097 Explorer 24/25 1964/11/21
SCC098 Mariner 4 1964/11/28
SCC099 Titan 3A 1964/12/10
SCC100 Atlas Centaur 4 ‘High Energy Rocket’ 1964/12/11
SCC101 US-Italian ‘Project San Marco’ 1964/12/15
SCC102 Explorer 26 1964/12/21
SCC103 Project Gemini GT-2 ‘Sub Orbital Launching’ 1965/01/19
SCC104 Tiros 9 ‘Cartwheel’ 1965/01/22
SCC105 OSO 2 ‘Sunshine Satellite’ 1965/02/03
SCC106 Pegasus 1 ‘Meteoroid Detection Satellite’ 1965/02/16
SCC107 Ranger 8 1965/02/17
SCC108 Ranger 9 1965/03/21
SCC109 Apparently not used
SCC110 Project Gemini GT-3 – ‘Space Twins’ 1965/03/23
SCC111 Snap 10A 1965/04/03
SCC112 Comsat Early Bird 1965/04/06
SCC113 Explorer 27 1965/04/29
SCC114 Project Pioneer 2 WANTED
SCC115 Pegasus 2 1965/05/25
SCC116 Explorer 28 1965/05/29
SCC117 Project Gemini GT-4 1965/06/03
SCC118 US Astronauts June 1965 1965/06/03
SCC119 Titan 3C 1965/06/18
SCC120 Tiros 10 1965/07/02
SCC121 Mariner Fly-By Mars Photo Mission of ‘Red Planet’ 1965/07/14
SCC122 Vela Hotel 5 & 6 – Nuclear Explosion Detection Satellites 1965/07/20
SCC123 Pegasus 3 1965/07/30
SCC124 Atlas Centaur 6 1965/08/11
SCC125 Project Gemini GT-5 ‘8 days in Space’ 1965/08/21
SCC126 OSO C – Orbiting Solar Observatory 1965/08/25
SCC127 Project Gemini GT-5 ‘Splashdown and Recovery’ 1965/08/29
SCC128 OV 1-2 ‘Aerospace Research Satellite’ 1965/10/05
SCC129 OGO 2 1965/10/14
SCC130 OV 2-1 ‘Research Earth Satellite’ 1965/10/15
SCC131 GEOS-1 / Explorer 29 1965/11/06
SCC132 Explorer 30 1965/11/19
SCC133 Alouette 2 / Explorer 31 1965/11/28
SCC134 Project Gemini GT-7 ‘Endurance Flight’ 1965/12/04
SCC135 FR-1 French Satellite 1965/12/06
SCC136 Project Gemini GT-6 ‘Rendevous Mission’ 1965/12/15
SCC137 Pioneer 6 1965/12/16
SCC138 Titan 3C – Four Payload Launch 1965/12/21
SCC139 ESSA 1 1966/02/03
SCC140 Apollo-Saturn 201 1966/02/26
SCC141 ESSA 2 1966/02/28
SCC142 Project Gemini GT-8 1966/03/16
SCC143 OAO 1 – ‘Star Gazing from Space’ 1966/04/08
SCC144 OV 3-1 ‘Air Force Satellite’ 1966/04/22
SCC145 Nimbus 2 1966/05/15
SCC146 Explorer 32 1966/05/25
SCC147 Surveyor 1 1966/05/30
SCC148 Project Gemini GT-9 ‘Walk Around the World’ 1966/06/03
SCC149 OGO 3 ‘Universal Payload Carrier’ 1966/06/07
SCC150 Titan 3C 1966/06/16
SCC151 PAGEOS 1 1966/06/23
SCC152 Explorer 33 1966/07/01
SCC153 Apollo-Saturb 1B 203 ‘Mission S-IVB Stage’ 1966/07/05
SCC154 Project Gemini GT-10 1966/07/18
SCC155 Lunar Orbiter 1 ‘Flying Photography Lab’ 1966/08/10
SCC156 Pioneer 7 1966/08/17
SCC157 Apollo-Saturn 202 ‘Springboard to Moon’ 1966/08/25
SCC158 Project Gemini GT-11 ‘1st Orbital Linkup’ 1966/09/12
SCC159 Surveyor 2 ‘Eye on the Moon’ 1966/09/20
SCC160 ESSA 3 1966/10/02
SCC161 Atlas Centaur 9 1966/10/26
SCC162 Intelsat 2 Lani 1966/10/27
SCC163 Titan 3C / MOL ‘Gemini Capsule Heat Shield Test’ 1966/11/03
SCC164 Lunar Orbiter 2 1966/11/07
SCC165 Gemini GT-12 1966/11/11
SCC166 ATS-1 ‘Space Handy Man’ 1966/12/07
SCC167 Bio-Satellite 1 ‘Noah’s Ark’ of Space 1966/12/14
SCC168 Comsat Intelsat 2 Lani 2 1967/01/11
SCC169 Titan 3C ‘Myriad of Satellites’ 1967/01/18
SCC170 ESSA 4 1967/01/26
SCC171 Lunar Orbiter 3 ‘Moon Scout’ 1967/02/05
SCC172 OSO 3 1967/03/08
SCC173 Intelsat 2 F3 Canary Bird 1967/03/23
SCC174 Surveyor 3 1967/04/17 WANTED
SCC175 Surveyor 3 1967/04/19
SCC176 ESSA 5 1967/04/20
SCC177 Vela Hotel 7 & 8 ‘Nuclear Detection Satellites’ 1967/04/28
SCC178 Lunar Orbiter 4 ‘Moon-mapping Expedition’ 1967/05/04
SCC179 Ariel 3 1967/05/05
SCC180 Explorer 34 ‘IMP’ 1967/05/24
SCC181 ESRO 2 1967/05/29
SCC182 Mariner 5 1967/06/14
SCC183 Titan 3C ‘Air Force Rocket Bus’ 1967/07/01
SCC184 Surveyor 4 1967/07/14
SCC185 Explorer 35 1967/07/19
SCC186 OGO 4 1967/07/28
SCC187 Lunar Orbiter 5 1967/08/01
SCC188 Biosatellite 2 ‘Laboratory in Space’ 1967/09/07
SCC189 Surveyor 5 1967/08/08
SCC190 Intelsat 2 F4 ‘Comsat Pacific 2’ 1967/09/28
SCC191 OSO 4 1967/10/18
SCC192 Mariner 5 ‘Venus Fly-By’ 1967/10/19
SCC193 ATS 3 1967/11/06
SCC194 Surveyor 6 1967/11/07
SCC195 Apollo 4 1967/11/09
SCC196 ESSA 6 1967/11/10
SCC197 Pioneer 8 1967/12/13
SCC198 Surveyor 7 1968/01/07
SCC199 Explorer 36 1968/01/11
SCC200 Apollo 5 1968/01/22
SCC201 OGO 5 1968/03/04
SCC202 Explorer 37 1968/03/05
SCC203 Apollo 6 ‘Flying Skyscraper’ 1968/04/04
SCC204 ESRO 2B 1968/05/16
SCC205 Titan 3C ‘Random Global system’ 1968/06/13
SCC206 Explorer 38 1968/07/04
SCC207 Spy Satellite ‘Spook Bird’ 1968/08/06
SCC208 Explorer 39/40 1968/08/08
SCC209 ATS 4 1968/08/11
SCC210 ESSA 7 1968/08/16
SCC211 Intelsat 3 F1 1968/09/19
SCC212 Titan 3C ‘LES-6, OV2-5, OV5-2, OV5-4’ 1968/09/26
SCC213 ESRO 1A 1968/10/03
SCC214 Apollo 7 1968/10/11
SCC215 Apollo 7 Splashdown 1968/10/22
SCC216 Pioneer 9 1968/11/08
SCC217 Heos 1 1968/12/05
SCC218 OAO 2 1968/12/07
SCC219 ESSA 8 1968/12/15
SCC220 Intelsat 3A 3F2 1968/12/18
SCC221 Apollo 8 1968/12/21
SCC222 Apollo 8 ‘Orbits Moon at Christmas’ 1968/12/24
SCC223 Apollo 8 Recovery 1968/12/27 WANTED
SCC224 OSO 5 ‘Searching Eye’ 1969/01/22
SCC225 ISIS 1 1969/01/29
SCC226 Intelsat 3B 3F3 ‘Pacific 3’ 1969/02/05
SCC227 Tacomsat 1 1969/02/09
SCC228 Mariner 6 1969/02/25
SCC229 ESSA 9 1969/02/28
SCC230 Apollo 9 1969/03/03
SCC231 Apollo 9 ‘Splashdown’ 1969/03/13
SCC232 Mariner 7 1969/03/27
SCC233 Nimbus 3 1969/04/13
SCC234 Apollo 10 1969/05/18
SCC235 Intelsat 3C 3F4 1969/05/21
SCC236 Apollo 10 ‘Lunar Orbital Flight’ 1969/05/22
SCC237 Vela Hotel 9 & 10 ‘Nuclear Detection Satellites’ 1969/05/23
SCC238 Apollo 10 Recovery 1969/05/26 WANTED
SCC239 OGO 6 ‘Dragon Fly’ 1969/06/05
SCC240 Explorer 41 1969/06/21
SCC241 Biosatellite 3 1969/06/28
SCC242 Biosatellite 3 Recovery 1969/07/07
SCC243 Apollo 11 ‘Mission to the Moon’ 1969/07/16
SCC244 Apollo 11 ‘Man on the moon’  (blue/purple) 1969/07/20
SCC245 Apollo 11 1969/07/22
SCC246 Apollo 11 1969/07/23
SCC247 Apollo 11 ‘Recovery’ 1969/07/24
SCC247 Apollo 11 ‘Recovery’ Date Error 1969/07/16
SCC248 Intelsat 3 F5 ‘Atlantic 3-D’ 1969/07/25
SCC249 Mariner 6 ‘Fly-By Mars’ 1969/07/30
SCC250 Mariner 7 ‘Fly-By Mars’ 1969/08/05
SCC251 OSO 6 1969/08/09
SCC252 ATS 5 1969/08/12
SCC253 Pioneer 10 1969/08/27
SCC254 Apollo 11 ‘Man on the moon’ 1969/09/06
SCC255 Apollo 11 FDC
SCC256 ESRO 1B 1969/10/01
SCC257 Azur ‘German Research Satellite’ 1969/11/07
SCC258 Apollo 12 ‘Yankee Clipper’ 1969/11/14
SCC259 Apollo 12 ‘2nd US Moon Landing’ 1969/11/19
SCC260 Skynet 1 1969/11/21
SCC261 Apollo 12 ‘Splashdown’ 1969/11/24
SCC262 Intelsat 3 F6 ‘Abort’ WANTED
SCC263 Intelsat 3 F6 ‘Abort’ WANTED
SCC264 Intelsat 3 F6 1970/01/15
SCC265 ITOS 1 1970/01/23
SCC266 Sert 2 1970/02/03
SCC267 Explorer 1 ‘Decay’ 1970/03/31
SCC268 Apollo 13 ‘America’s 3rd Manned Lunar Landing Mission’ 1970/04/11
SCC269 Apollo 13 ‘Moon Mission Aborted’ 1970/04/14
SCC270 Apollo 13 ‘Odyssey Returns from Disaster’ 1970/04/17
SCC271 Apollo 14 ‘Launch’ 1971/01/31
SCC272 Apollo 14 ‘Fra Mauro Moon Landing Site’ 1971/02/06
SCC273 Apollo 14 ‘Moon Liftoff’ WANTED
SCC274 Apollo 14 ‘Splashdown & Recovery’ 1971/02/09
SCC275 Apollo 15 ‘Launch’ 1971/07/26
SCC276 Apollo 15 ‘6 day Lunar Surface Mission’ 1971/07/30
SCC277 Apollo 15 ‘Falcon Lifts Off’ 1971/08/02
SCC278 Apollo 15 ‘Splashdown’ 1971/08/07
SCC279 Apollo 16 ‘Launch’ 1972/04/16
SCC280 Apollo 16 ‘On The Moon’ 1972/04/20
SCC281 Apollo 16 ‘Touchdown’ 1972/04/27
SCC282 Gene Cernan Slogan
SCC283 Apollo 17 ‘Launch’ 1972/12/07
SCC284 Apollo 17 ‘Moon Landing’ 1972/12/11
SCC285 Apollo 17 ‘Challenger Lifts Off’ 1972/12/14
SCC286 Apollo 17 ‘Splashdown’ 1972/12/19
SCC287 Apollo 17 ‘Crew Visits Chicago’