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Kennedy Space Center post office closing after 58 years of postmarks

September 18, 2023


NASA’s mail will continue to be processed, but philatelic requests will be directed to and returned with a Titusville, Fla. postmark.

The Kennedy Space Center post office has been, well, cancelled.

The contract facility, which was established at NASA’s Florida spaceport on July 1, 1965, will close permanently “near the end of the fiscal year,” or sometime before Sept. 30. Since 2013, the post office has been operated for NASA by Post Masters Mail and Print Services, a division of the nonprofit Anthony Wayne Rehabilitation Center (AWRC).

The agency’s mail will now go through Cocoa Beach to Orlando for processing. But with the closure of the office, the public will no longer be able to request that stamped envelopes (called philatelic “covers”) be postmarked with a cancellation device displaying the location of Kennedy Space Center.

Collectors’ requests will instead be directed to Titusville, the next closest office to the space center, according to a notice from AWRC. Submitted covers will receive a Titusville postmark.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will also not service covers using the Kennedy Space Center postmark through its fulfillment center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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