1963-05-15 USA Mercury MA-9

Mercury-Atlas 9 (Faith 7) Launch Cover. A Space Craft illustrated cachet cover with a 5¢ stamp affixed, bearing a Cape Canaveral cancellation dated May 15, 1963 (launch day), the last Project Mercury manned orbital flight. It features a "Project Mercury/Mission Accomplished" illustrated cachet. Signed by Gordon Cooper.
Photo: Alan Shepard, the backup pilot for the MA-9 mission, served as CAPCOM for Gordon Cooper's flight at the Mercury Control Center.
In the Mercury missions, the capsule communicator (CAPCOM) was the main person to communicate with the pilot. Scott Carpenter served as CAPCOM in Kauai, Hawaii, for Gordon Cooper's flight.
Photo: Five of the second generation astronauts listened to Gordon Cooper's flight.
USS Kearsarge recovery ship Captain's cover with ship cachet in magenta and Captains's corner card. Machine cancelled and signed by Gordon Cooper and commanding officer, E. P. Rankin
USS Kearsarge recovery ship Captain's cover with ship cachet in black and Captains's corner card. Hand cancelled and signed by commanding officer, E. P. Rankin. The 4¢ stamp is a "Dag Hammarskjöld invert" stamp.
USS Kearsarge recovery ship cover with ship cachet in magenta. Hand cancelled and signed by Gordon Cooper.
USS Kearsarge recovery ship cover with ship cachet in magenta. An unusual cover with dual USS Kearsarge machine and hand cancels.
Rare USS Kearsarge postmark variations - month, day, year (second cover with an inverted year) and time slug.
A rare MA-9 USS Kearsarge Beck CREW Cover, only 25 covers without the "B" number printed exist. Signed by the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin.
Cover with "Salute to U.S. Pacific Fleet Recovery Force" cachet (Carlson). USS Kearsarge machine cancelled, signed by the Commanding Officer, E. P. Rankin.