SMM

Solar Maximum Mission
(SMM) satellite


This page contains philatelic information on the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM) 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.

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)
SMM SMM SMM
SMM (on other than SMM launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Solar Maximum Mission (SMM)
Angola1110f (Mi1449)One of MS6 (1110 (a-f)) (Mi1444-1449)1999"S.M.S. 1980 Missão Solar Máxima" (but not "SMS", as in incorrect part of text)
BahamasKM171$5. (silver coin)1994SMM (10th anniv. STS-41C/Challenger repair)
Central African Republic659 (Mi1038A)
i659 (Mi1038B)

Imperforate
1984SMM (STS-41C/Challenger repair)
Central African Republic659 fdcStamp on FDC
Central African Republic659a (BL286)
i659a
On stamp of SS1 (659)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i659)
Central African Republici662b (Mi1036-1041)On one of imperforate MS6 (657-662)
Central African Republic761a (BL347A)
i761a (BL347B)
In (right) margin of SS1 (761)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i761)
1985SMM (STS-41C/Challenger repair)2
Egypt1802 (Mi1534)2001SMM
Fort Myers FL (USA)LocalImperforate1986SMM (STS-41C/Challenger repair)
Gambia2269b (Mi3705)
i2269b
One of MS6 (2269 (a-f)) (Mi3704-3709)
One of imperforate MS6 (i22693 (a-f))
2000"Solar Max" (SMM)
Gambia2269b essayOne of MS6 (2269 imperforate essay (a-f))
Gambiai2269 fdc3MS6 on FDC
Guinea-BissauBL532In (right) margin of SS12005SMM (STS-41C/Challenger repair)
Guyana3506 (BL674)On stamp of SS12000"Solar Max" (SMM, STS-41C/Challenger repair)
Guyana3506 proofImperforate proof
Guyana3506 proof fdcImperforate proof and cachet (same design) on FDC
IndiaNone(Tanapex) cancel on cover1996SMM
Italy2073 (Mi2427)1996SMM
Malagasy Republic1537b (Mi2480)One of MS6 (1537 (a-f)) (Mi2479-2484)2000"Solar Max" (SMM)
Micronesia344p (Mi736)From MS20 (344 (a-t)) (Mi721-740)1999Explorer-59 / ISEE-3 / ICE (not "Solar Maximum Mission" repair, as in text)1
Micronesia344q (Mi737)SMM repair (not Explorer-59 / ISEE-3 / "ICE", as in text)1
MoroccoY1161/2 dirham (copper-nickel coin)2002SMM
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"SMM" (in text only)
United States1914 maxi (Mi1483 maxi)(Colorano silk) cachet on maxicard1981SMM (STS-41C/Challenger repair)
United States1914 fdc+5073 fdc (Mi1483 fdc+Mi? fdc)(Colorano silk) cachet (same) on FDC
United States1915 fdc (Mi1484 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front"Solar Maximum Mission" (in text, noted as pictured on the stamp (USA 1915), but Skylab depicted)
United States3410a fdc (Mi3367 fdc)(Space Voyage/First Rank) cachet on FDC2000"Solar Max" (SMM, STS-41C/Challenger repair)

1The captions on Micronesia 344p and 344q are transposed: SMM repair, and Explorer-59 / ISEE-3 / ICE.
2Two Space Shuttle missions are merged on Central Africa 761a: Palapa-B (on stamp) was retrieved by Space Shuttle Discovery; SMM (in right margin) was repaired by Space Shuttle Challenger.
3The Gambia imperforate i2269 (also seen in i2269 fdc) does not perfectly match the perforated version 2269, but rather is quite similar to the essay 2269 essay. The authors believe that the perforated version 2269 includes the final design of these sheets that was actually issued.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Solar Maximum Mission (SMM)
1980-02-14: SMM [rocket-launched]
United States1980-02-14Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched
United States1980-02-14Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched
United States1980-02-14Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched
United States1980-02-14Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched
United States1980-02-14Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched
United States1980-02-14Merritt Island FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSMM (rocket) launched (generic comsat depicted1)
United States1980-02-14Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney red and black) cachet on (airmail) coverSMM (rocket) launched
1984-04-07: SMM repair (and LDEF by STS-13 (41C))
United States1984-04-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSTS-41C launch
United States1984-04-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed and purple rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSTS-41C launch
United States1984-04-06
1984-04-13
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-41C launch
STS-41C landing
United States1984-04-06
1984-04-18
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-41C launch
STS-41C return to Kennedy Space Center
United States1984-04-07Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-07Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-08Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.75) cachet on coverLDEF deployed
United States1984-04-08Houston TX(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSMM failed capture
United States1984-04-08Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSMM failed capture
United States1984-04-10Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Houston TX(Zaso silk/IASP no.76) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-10Kennedy Space Center FL(Printed) cachet on coverSMM captured
United States1984-04-12Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on coverSMM re-deployed
United States1984-04-13Edwards AFB, CA(Zaso silk/IASP no.77) cachet on coverSTS-41C landing at Edwards AFB
United States1984-04-18
1984-04-06
Kennedy Space Center FL (hand cancel)
Kennedy Space Center FL (machine cancel)
(Mission patch) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-41C return to Kennedy Space Center
STS-41C launch
SMM (on other than SMM launch covers)
United States1983-08-30
1983-08-14
1983-09-05
(Kennedy Space Center FL)
Kennedy Space Center FL
Edwards AFB, CA
STS-8/Challenger launch cover folder, with cover"Solar Observing Satellite" (referring to SMM)
United States1984-02-03
1984-02-11
Kennedy Space Center FL
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Rockwell International) insert from STS-11 (41B) cover, also insert back and cover front and cover back"Solar Maximum satellite"

1This generic comsat and rocket cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found in GOES-1_cover19.


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