1983 Space Shuttle Challenger 'flown in space!'
This superb 1983 Space Shuttle Challenger STS-8 cover was actually carried into space on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. It has been triple postmarked on the day of issue (14th August), the missions launch day (30th August), and the shuttles return day (5th September).
STS-8 was the eighth Space Shuttle mission and third of the Challenger shuttle. Commander Richard Truly led the five man crew which included the first African-American astronaut, Guion Bluford. The mission was a success and achieved its research and scientific objectives, including the environmental testing of new hardware intended for future spacecraft and research into 'space sickness'.
This is a truly fantastic piece of space memorabilia which is supplied in a special presentation folder. Working in conjunction with the US Post Service, STS-8 carried 260,000 covers all with a $9.35 stamp which were made available for sale to collectors. The goal was to create a highly collectable item which had been carried into space, but at an affordable price for all. There is no doubt that this stand out collectable would make a wonderful addition to your collection or as a perfect gift for friends and family.
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