SST

Spitzer Space Telescope
(SST) satellite

SST patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the Spitzer Space Telescope (SST) 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 SST is also known as the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF).

A contest led to SST being named in honor of physicist and astronomer Lyman Spitzer Jr. (1914 - 1997).

SST is one of four NASA "Great Observatories", along with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), and the Chandra X-ray Observatory (CXO).

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)
Spitzer / SST Spitzer / SST Spitzer / SST
SST (on other than SST launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Spitzer / SST
Congo (Democratic Republic)Mi2191A-2193A_ms3_vert
Mi2191B-2193B_ms3_vert
In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) vertical
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) vertical
2013"Spitzer"
Congo (Democratic Republic)Mi2191A-2193A_ms3_horiz
Mi2191B-2193B_ms3_horiz
In (left) margin of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) horizontal
In (left) margin of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) horizontal
Guinea Republic2224b (Mi4054)
i2224b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2224)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2224)
2003
Guinea Republic2224b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2225b (Mi4055)
i2225b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2225)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2225)
Guinea Republic2225b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2226a (BL820)
i2226a
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (2226)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i2226)
"SIRTF"
Guinea Republic2226a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2226b (Mi4056)
i2226b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2226)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2226)
Guinea Republic2226b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2227b (Mi4053)
i2227b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2227)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2227)
Guinea Republic2227b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea Republic2228b (Mi4051)
i2228b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2228)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2228)
Guinea Republic2228b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2229b (Mi4052A)
i2229b (Mi4052B)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2229)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2229)
Guinea Republic2229b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2230b (Mi4049)
i2230b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2230)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2230)
Guinea Republic2230b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2231b (Mi4050)
i2231b
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of MS4 (4x 2231)
In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS4 (4x i2231)
Guinea Republic2231b fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5843A
Mi5843B
One of MS6 (Mi5838A-5843A)
One of imperforate MS6 (Mi5838B-5843B)
2008"Spitzer Space Telescope"
Guinea RepublicMi5838A-5843A_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1580On stamp of SS1
Guinea RepublicBL1581A
BL1581B
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicBL1581A fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Maldive Islands2957 (Mi4695-4698)MS4 (2957 (a-d))2008"Spitzer Space Telescope"
Maldive IslandsUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2017"Spitzer Space Telescope (SST)"
MoldovaNonePersonalized postage2014
Sierra Leone2931a (Mi5122)One of MS6 (2931 (a-f)) (Mi5122-5127)2009"Spitzer Space Telescope"
Tanzania2541 (Mi4624-4627)MS4 (2541 (a-d))2009"Spitzer Space Telescope"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
2003-08-24: Spitzer / SST
United States2003-08-24Pasadena CA(Mission Management Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverSST (SIRTF) launch
SST (on other than SST launch covers)
United States2009-12-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission 57) back of Explorer-92 launch cover, also front"Spitzer" (SST)


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