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This page contains philatelic information on the Nimbus series satellites. 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)
Nimbus Nimbus Nimbus
Nimbus (on other than Nimbus launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Nimbus
AntarcticaP6$100. (banknote)1996Nimbus-7, and ozone measurements
AntarcticaP13$100. (banknote)2001Nimbus-7, and ozone measurements
Argentina1017 cover (Mi1170 cover)Cachet on cover1977
AustraliaNoneCachet on cover1972Nimbus (middle of three satellites)
AustriaNoneCard, also detail1969"Nimbus-2" (in text) and photo of Europe taken by Nimbus-2
Central African RepublicC27 (Mi72)1965
Central African RepublicC27 proof1Signed proof (green)
Central African RepublicC27 proof2Signed proof (blue)
Central African RepublicC27 fdcStamp on FDC
Central African RepublicC208 (BL49)
iC208
In (lower-left) margin of SS1
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1979
Central African RepublicC208 fdcSS1 on FDC
China (Taiwan)1652 (Mi767)1970
Comoro IslandsMi4251978
Comoro Islands474 (Mi573)Mi425 overprinted1979
Dahomey197 (Mi245)1964
Dahomey197 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Dahomey196-197 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
Dahomey196-197 fdc2One of two stamps on FDC (different)
DahomeyC25 fdc (Mi246 fdc)Cachet on FDC1965
Dominica355 (Mi355)1973
Dominica354-360 fdcOne of seven stamps on FDC
Dominica354-360 proofs1Proof sheet
Dominica354-360 proofs2Proof sheet (different)
Dominican Republic711 (Mi1040)1973Nimbus-31
Dominican RepublicC208 (Mi1041)
Dominican Republic711+C208 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
Ecuador1040 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC1983
Faroe Islands220 (Mi215)1991
FranceNoneCancel1970Nimbus-4
France1903 fdc (Mi2416 fdc)Cachet on FDC1983
Germany (West)NoneMeter1969
Germany (West)NoneImperforate cinderella1977
Greenland526a (Mi?)One of MS3 (526 (a-c))2008(poorly-depicted) Nimbus
Guinea-Bissau412D (BL147A)
i412D (BL147B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1979
Maldive Islands147a (Mi147)In (lower-left) margin of MS9 (9x 147)1965
Maldive Islands148a (Mi148)In (lower-left) margin of MS9 (9x 148)
Maldive Islands149a (Mi149)In (lower-left) margin of MS9 (9x 149)
Maldive Islands150a (Mi150)In (lower-left) margin of MS9 (9x 150)
Maldive Islands465 (Mi480)1974
Maldive Islands471 (BL21)SS1
MexicoC323 fdc (Mi1227 fdc)Cachet on FDC, also detail1967
MordoviaLocal_cOne of local MS6 (a-f)1998Nimbus-31
New CaledoniaC39 (Mi411)1965
New CaledoniaC39 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Nigeria173a (Mi164)In (upper-left) margin of MS12 (12x 173)1965
Nigeria174a (Mi165)In (upper-left) margin of MS12 (12x 174)
Poland2248a (Mi2539)On (left) selvedge of MS6 (2248a (6x 2248 + 2 labels))1977
Portugal1115 (Mi1148)1971
Portugal1113-1115 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Qatar352 (Mi566)1973Nimbus-31
Sharjah43 (Mi55A)
i43 (Mi55B)

Imperforate
1964
Sharjah48b (BL4)Imperforate SS1
Sharjah43A (Mi unlisted)
i43A
43 overprinted new currency
i43 overprinted new currency
1967
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"Nimbus" (in text)
Togo502 (Mi448A)
i502 (Mi448B)

Imperforate
1964
Togo505 (Mi451A)
i505 (Mi451B)

Imperforate
Togo505a (BL17)Imperforate MS4 (502-505)
TongaNoneOne of essay strip of 31983
United Nations188 fdc (Mi204 fdc)(Schering) cachet on FDC1968
United Nations550 fdc (Mi575 fdc)Cachet on FDC1989
United Nations551 fdc (Mi576 fdc)Cachet (same) on FDC
United StatesNoneCachet on PPO postcard1968
United StatesNone(Rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1970"Nimbus-3" (in text, wrong image)2
United StatesNone(Florex-73) cachet on cover1973
United States3187d fdc (Mi3126 fdc)Cachet on FDC1999
Yemen Arab RepublicC89 (Mi1700)1982
Yemen Arab RepublicC89 dsDeluxe sheet (C89)
Yemen Arab RepublicC89 proofChromalin proof
Yemen RepublicC146 (Mi92)Yemen Arab Republic C89 overprinted1993
Zambia61 (Mi61)1970"Nimbus-3"1
Zambia61 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Zambia61 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different cancel)

1Nimbus-3 can be identified by one of two SNAP-19 radioisotope thermonuclear generators located above the instrumented base of the satellite.
2The satellite depicted on this item is not a Nimbus satellite.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Nimbus
1964-08-28: Nimbus-1
Austria1964-08-28Krieglach(Typed/cinderella) cachet on cardNimbus-1 launch
United States1964-08-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverNimbus-1 launch
United States1964-08-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverNimbus-1 launch
United States1964-08-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Holden two-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-1 launch
United States1964-08-28Vandenberg AFB, CA(Holden typed and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-1 launch
1966-05-15: Nimbus-2
United States1966-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin?) cachet on coverNimbus-2 launch; also APT
United States1966-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverNimbus-2 launch
United States1966-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-2 launch
United States1966-05-15Lompoc CA(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-2 launch
United States1966-05-15Vandenberg AFB, CA(Astro Covers) cachet on coverNimbus-2 launch
1968-05-18: Nimbus-B (and SECOR-10) [failed]
United States1968-05-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-B launch [failed]
United States1968-05-18Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-B launch [failed]
1969-04-13: Nimbus-3 (and SECOR-13)
United States1969-04-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverNimbus-3 launch
United States1969-04-13Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on coverNimbus-3 launch
United States1969-04-13Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverNimbus-3 launch
United States1969-04-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit) cachet on coverNimbus-3 launch; also Argos
United States1969-04-14Vandenberg AFB, CA(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverNimbus-3 launch
1970-04-08: Nimbus-4 (and Topo-1)
United States1970-04-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch
United States1970-04-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch; also Argos
United States1970-04-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch
United States1970-04-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet (different) on coverNimbus-4 launch
United States1970-04-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch
United States1970-04-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Andromeda no.9/Riser) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch
United States1970-04-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-4 launch (wrong image)1
1972-12-10: Nimbus-5
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB, CA(Boudwin? rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch (wrong image)1
United States1972-12-10Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Polar) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB(Cygnus no.40/Andromeda/Riser) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-10Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
Australia1972-12-11Canberra ACT(Cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
United States1972-12-11Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
Australia1972-12-12Woomera SA(WRE) cachet on coverNimbus-5 launch
Australia1972-12-12Woomera SA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on coverNimbus-5 launch
1975-06-12: Nimbus-6
United States1975-06-12Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNimbus-6 launch
United States1975-06-12Vandenberg AFB, CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-6 launch
United States1975-06-12Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-6 launch
United States1975-06-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Blue printed) cachet on coverNimbus-6 launch
United States1975-06-12Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-6 launch
1978-10-24: Nimbus-7 (and CAMEO)
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverNimbus-7 launch
United States1978-10-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNimbus-7 launch
United States1978-10-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(NASA rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-7 launch
United States1978-10-24Vandenberg AFB, CA(NASA rubber-stamp and sigantures) cachet (same) on coverNimbus-7 launch
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC rubber-stamp) cachet on coverNimbus-7 launch
Nimbus (on other than Nimbus launch covers)
Germany (West)1969-03-03Bochum(Institut für Satelliten und Weltraumforschung Sternwarte Bochum/BRD) cachet on Apollo-9 launch/tracking coverNimbus
Australia1969-07-25Woomera SA(Rubber-stmap) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"Nimbus-3" (in text)
Australia1969-07-25Woomera SA(Rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on rocket launch cover
Australia1969-07-25Woomera SA(Printed) cachet on (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover"Nimbus-3" (in text)
United States1976-03-16Auburn MA(GSFC printed) cachet on 50th anniv. first liquid fuel rocket flight/launch cover (same cachet design as immediately below)
French Guiana1975-06-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on Super-ARCAS2 35-78 (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover
United States1978-05-20GSFC, MD(GSFC rubber-stamp) cachet on Pioneer-12 launch cover (same cachet design as immediately above)
United States1978-10-24GSFC, MD(GSFC rubber-stamp) cachet on Nimbus-7 and CAMEO launch cover (same cachet design as immediately above)
United States1985-04-01Washington DC(Printed) cachet on 25th anniv. TIROS-1 launch cover"Nimbus" (in text)

1The satellite depicted on this item is no known spacecraft design.
2The ARCAS (All-purpose Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Soundings) was developed by the Atlantic Research Corporation for the Office of Naval Research with support from the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. It was launched with a launching tube. It was first used in July 1959, and has undergone various modifications and improvements since then.


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