HSO

Herschel Space Observatory
(HSO) satellite

HSO patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the Herschel Space Observatory (HSO) satellite. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

The Herschel Space Observatory (HSO) is also known as simply Herschel, and was previously known as Far Infrared and Sub-millimetre Telescope (FIRST) before being renamed.

HSO was launched along with the Planck satellite.

See also Herschel, William (1738 - 1822) in the Contributors to Meteorology pages.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
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)
Herschel / HSO (ESA) Herschel / HSO (ESA) Herschel / HSO (ESA)


Below is a list of Herschel / HSO satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Herschel / HSO (ESA)
ChadUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011
Congo (Democratic Republic)Mi2192A
Mi2192B
One of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) vertical, or one of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) horizontal
One of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) vertical, or one of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) horizontal
2013"Herschel"; also William Herschel
Guinea Republic2232d (Mi4060A)
i2232d (Mi4060B)
One of MS8 (2232 (a-h)) (Mi4057A-4064A)
One of imperforate MS8 (i2232 (a-h)) (Mi4057B-4064B)
2003Mis-spelled "Hershel"
Guinea Republic2232 fdcMS8 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1584A
BL1584B
In (upper) margin of SS1
In (upper) margin of imperforate SS1
2008"TÚlescope spatial Herschel"
Guinea RepublicBL1679In (left) margin of SS12009"Herschel Space Observatory" (HSO)
ItalyNoneCancel and cachet on cover2009Also Planck satellite
Malagasy RepublicUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS12009
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)Overprinted on MS2 (a-b)
MaliUnknown ms fdcMS2 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)Overprinted on MS2 (a-b)
MaliUnknown ms fdcMS2 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)Overprinted on MS2 (a-b)
MaliUnknown ms fdcMS2 on FDC
Netherlands1327_personalized (Mi2564 personalized)Personalized MS3 (a-c)2008
RwandaUnknown j (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010Mis-spelled "Herscel Space Observatory"


Below is a list of Herschel / HSO satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
2009-05-14: Herschel / HSO (ESA) (and Planck)
France2009-05-14Paris(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Bernard Lollini) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
French Guiana2009-05-14Kourou(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
Gabon2009-05-14Libreville(Lollini?) cachet on coverHSO launch
Italy2009-05-14FrascatiCancel and (printed) cachet on coverHSO launch


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