IRAS

InfraRed Astronomy
Satellite (IRAS)

IRAS patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the InfraRed Astronomy Satellite (IRAS). 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.

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)
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Below is a list of IRAS postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
InfraRed Astronomy Satellite (IRAS)
Antigua and Barbuda2244f (Mi2933)
i2244f
One of MS6 (2244 (a-f)) (Mi2928-2933)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2244 (a-f))
1999"IRAS"
Barbuda1791f (Mi2393)One of MS6 (1791 (a-f)) (Mi2388-2393), Antigua and Barbuda 2244f overprinted2000"IRAS"
Central African Republic1172d (Mi1874A)
i1172d (Mi1874B)
One of MS4 (1172 (a-d)) (Mi1871A-1874A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1172 (a-d)) (Mi1871B-1874B)
1997"IRAS"
Gambia607 (Mi613)1986"IRAS"
Gambia653 (Mi659)607 overprinted in silver1986"IRAS"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)2006
SomaliaUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (lower-left) margin of SS1
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2004
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"IRAS" (in text only)


Below is a list of IRAS launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1983-01-25: IRAS (and PIX-2)
United States1983-01-25Moffett Field CA(NASA/Ames) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet (and signatures) on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United Kingdom1983-01-26Oxford(Space Voyage) cachet on coverIRAS launch
United States1983-01-25Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverIRAS launch
IRAS (events)
Great Britain1983-05-11Oxford(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Pasadena CA(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Fort Davis TX(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Arecibo PR(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Barstow CA(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Cambrodge MA(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"
United States1983-05-11Green Bank WV(Space Voyage) cachet on cover"Comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock (first comet named for a satellite) ... closest approach to Earth since 1770"


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