Solar Covers no.7

(all known) covers with
"Solar Covers"
numbered cachets

Solar Covers no.52
Solar Covers no.7Solar Covers no.52

This page contains (all known) covers with "Solar Covers" numbered cachets produced by Roger Jarrell to mark satellite launches and other space-related events. These covers include this logo on the cover front and on the insert. Most Solar Covers are also numbered on the insert, not on the cover front; the numbering exceptions are explaind with in-table notes.

Blue highlighting is used to identify postal items only of interest for completing this collection of numbered covers, as they are not in the domains of primary interest for the authors.

Readers who know of additional information or images are invited to contact the authors using the e-mail addresses found at the link at the bottom of this page.

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
"Solar Covers" numbered cachets "Solar Covers" cachets


Below is a list of "Solar Covers" cachets on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
"Solar Covers" cachets (on (non-launch cover) postal items)
United States1435b fdc1 (Mi1046-1047 fdc1)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Houston TX cancel), also insert1971Apollo lunar rover and (generic) Earthrise imagery
United States1435b fdc2 (Mi1046-1047 fdc2)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Huntsville AL cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc3 (Mi1046-1047 fdc3)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Kennedy Space Center FL, FDC machine cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc4 (Mi1046-1047 fdc4)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Kennedy Space Center FL, machine cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc5 (Mi1046-1047 fdc5)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Patrick AFB, FL cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc6 (Mi1046-1047 fdc6)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC ((two) Patrick AFB, FL cancels), also insert
United States1435b fdc7 (Mi1046-1047 fdc7)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Cape Canaveral FL, hand cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc8 (Mi1046-1047 fdc8)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Cape Canaveral FL, machine cancel), also insert
United States1435b fdc9 (Mi1046-1047 fdc9)(Solar Covers no.24 (assigned)) cachet on FDC (Titusville FL cancel), also insert
No.24 has been assigned to the above item, which is un-numbered and the only known Solar Covers FDC. A second possibility, judged less likely, is that our collection is missing no.24 and that no number at all should be assigned to this FDC.
United StatesNone(Solar Covers no.26) cachet on cover, also insert1971Astronaut A. Worden Homecoming slogan cancel


Below is a list of Solar Covers numbered cachets on launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
"Solar Covers" numbered cachets (mostly on un-manned satellite launch or event covers)
United States1970-04-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on coverIntelsat-3-7 launch
United States1970-07-23Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on coverIntelsat-3-8 launch
United States1970-08-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on coverSkynet-1B launch
United States1970-08-19Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on cover
United States1970-08-19Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on cover
United States1970-10-09Wallops Island VA(Solar Covers no.1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5) cachet on cover, also insertCastor rocket launch; SPED-2
One of Solar Covers no.1 through no.5 is missing. If all five were available, their chronology could serve to assign specific numbers to each. With only four, the numbering is indeterminate.
United States1970-11-30Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.6 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insertOAO-B launch [failed]
United States1970-11-30Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.6 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1970-11-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.6 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insert
No.6 is assigned to the cover above, assuming chronological order with no.7, the first numbered cover.
United States1970-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.7) cachet on cover, also insertNOAA-1 and CEP-1 launch
United States1971-01-25Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.8 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insertIntelsat-4-2 launch
United States1971-01-25Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.8 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-01-26Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.8 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insert
No.8 is assigned to the cover above. It falls in the gap between the numbered covers no.7 and no.9.
United States1971-01-31Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.9) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-14 launch
United States1971-01-31Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.9) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-01-31Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.9) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-02-05Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.10) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-14 landing on Moon
United States1971-02-09Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.11 (assigned)) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-14 splashdown/recovery
No.11 is assigned to the cover above under the assumption that the three Apollo-14 covers were numbered consecutively.
United States1971-02-02Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.12 or 13 (assumed)) cachet on cover, also insertNATO-2B launch ("NATO-B" in text)
One of Solar Covers no.12 and no.13 is missing; the un-numbered NATO-2B cover above must be one of them.
United States1971-03-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.14) cachet on cover, also insertISIS-2 launch
United States1971-05-05Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.15) cachet on cover, also insert10th anniv. Mercury-MR4 launch: "A decade of American men in space"
United States1971-05-08Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.16) cachet on cover, also insertMariner-8 launch [failed]
10th anniv. Mariner-8 launch (for dual-cancel cover)
United States1971-05-09Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.16) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-05-10
1981-05-05
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
(Solar Covers no.16) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-05-30Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.17) cachet on cover, also insertMariner-9 launch
10th anniv. Mariner-9 launch (for dual-cancel cover)
United States1971-05-30
1981-05-30
Patrick AFB, FL (machine cancel)
Patrick AFB, FL (hand cancel)
(Solar Covers no.17) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-06-01Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.17) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-07-26Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.18) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-15 launch
United States1971-07-26Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.18) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-07-26Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.18) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-07-30Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.19) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-15 landing on Moon
United States1971-07-30Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.19) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-07-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.19) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-07-31Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.20) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-15 lunar rover excursion
United States1971-07-31Titusville FL(Solar Covers no.20 label/sticker) cachet on cover, also insert and incomplete note about label/sticker and (possible) completed note about label/sticker
United States1971-07-31Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.20 label/sticker) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-08-04Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.21) cachet on cover, also insertP&FS-1 deployed (from Apollo-15)
United States1971-08-04Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.21) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-08-05Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.22) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-15 spacewalk
United States1971-08-05Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.22) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-08-07Titusville FL(Solar Covers no.23) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-15 splashdown/recovery
United States1971-08-07Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.23) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-08-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.23) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-08-07Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.23) cachet on cover, also insert
No.24 has been assigned to the un-numbered USA 1435b FDC (the only known Solar Covers FDC). It is in the separate table above. A second possibility, judged less likely, is that our collection is missing no.24 and that no number at all should be assigned to the FDC.
United States1971-10-21Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.25) cachet on cover, also insertITOS-B launch [failed]
No.26 is not a satellite launch or event cover and so is included in the non-launch cover table of postal items above.
United States1971-08-16Wallops Island VA(Solar Covers no.27) cachet on cover, also insertEole launch
United States1971-09-29Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.28) cachet on cover, also insertOSO-7 and TETR-4 launch
United States1971-09-29Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.28) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-09-29Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.28) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-12-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.29) cachet on cover, also insertAriel-4 launch
United States1971-12-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.30) cachet on cover, also insertIntelsat-4-3 launch
United States1971-12-19Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.30) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-12-20Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.30) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-11-13Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.31) cachet on cover, also insertMariner-9 entry into Mars orbit
United States1971-11-13Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.31) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1971-11-15Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.31) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-01-23Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.32 or 33 (assumed)) cachet on cover, also insertIntelsat-4-4 launch
United States1972-01-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.32 or 33 (assumed)) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-01-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.32 or 33 (assumed)) cachet on coverApollo-16 rollback
The Intelsat-4-4 cover above is un-numbered, and we have no insert for the Apollo-16 rollback cover immediately above. Those two are probably no.32 and no.33, though we don't know which is which.
United States1972-01-31Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.34) cachet on cover, also insertHEOS-2 launch
United States1972-03-11Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.35 (assigned)) cachet on coverESRO-TD1A launch
No.35 is assigned to the ESRO-TD1A cover above. It falls in the gap between the numbered covers no.34 and no.36.
United States1972-04-16Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.36) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-16 launch
United States1972-04-16Titusville FL(Solar Covers no.36) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-04-16Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.36) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-04-20Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.37) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-16 landing on Moon
United States1972-04-20Titusville FL(Solar Covers no.37) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-04-20Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.37) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insert
United States1972-04-24Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.38) cachet on cover, also insertP&FS-2 deployed (from Apollo-16)
United States1972-04-24Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.38) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insert
Solar Covers no.39 and no.40 are missing.
United States1972-07-20Wapakoneta OH(Solar Covers no.41) cachet on cover, also insert3rd anniv. Apollo-11 landing on Moon: opening of Armstrong Museum
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Solar Covers no.42) cachet on cover, also insertLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-08-21Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.43 or 44 or 45 (assumed)) cachet on coverOAO-3 launch (but OAO-B depicted)
Two of Solar Covers no.43, no.44, and no.45 are missing. The OAO-3 cover above is probably one of the three.
United States1972-11-09Cape Canaveral FL(Solar Covers no.46) cachet on cover, also insertAnik-A1 launch
United States1972-11-09Patrick AFB, FL(Solar Covers no.46) cachet on cover, also insert
United States1972-11-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.46) cachet on cover, also insert
Solar Covers no.47 is missing.
United States1972-12-07Titusville FL(Solar Covers no.48) cachet on cover, also insertApollo-17 launch
United States1972-12-07Kennedy Space Center FL(Solar Covers no.48) cachet on cover, also insert
Solar Covers no.49 through no.51 are missing. One or more of them may be for Apollo-17 mission events.
United States1972-10-15Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Solar Covers no.52) cachet on cover, also insertNOAA-2 and OSCAR-6 (Amsat-P2A) launch
Solar Covers no.53 or greater have not been found and may not exist.


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