PSP

Parker Solar Probe
(PSP) satellite

PSP (patch)
PSPPSP (patch)

This page contains philatelic information on the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) 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.

PSP was launched 12 August 2018. Its mission is to try and answer three basic questions about the Sun:

  1. How is the Sun's outer atmosphere, the corona, heated to temperatures about 300 times higher than the visible surface below?
  2. How is the solar wind accelerated so quickly to the high speeds we observe?
  3. How do some of the Sun's most energetic particles rocket away from the Sun at more than half the speed of light?

For more information, see https://earthsky.org/space/parker-solar-probe-1st-image-from-inside-suns-atmosphere.

The Parker Solar Probe (PSP) was previously known as Solar Probe Plus (SPP).

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 Parker Solar Probe (PSP) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Parker Solar Probe (PSP)
BeninUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2018"Parker Solar Probe"
GermanyNone (Mi?)Strip of 2 Bieberpost (private post)2018"Parker Solar Probe"
Maldive Islands3495 fdc (Mi6017 fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2015
NigerMi6060-6063_ms4MS4 (Mi6060-6063)2018"Parker Solar Probe" (in French text) and "Eugene Parker"
NigerBL914SS1
Sierra Leone5108 (Mi10589-10592)MS4 (5108 (a-d))2018"Parker Solar Probe"
Sierra Leone5126 (BL1624)SS1 (Mi10593)
United States5598-5607 fdc (? fdc)(Panda Cachets) cachet on FDC2021"Parker Solar Probe" logo


Below is a list of Parker Solar Probe (PSP) satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Parker Solar Probe (PSP) (pre-launch events)
United States2018-05-03Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP "solar array tests"
United States2018-05-18Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP "names to the Sun" (computer chip installed)
United States2018-05-19Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP "antenna testing" (2018-04-19 in cachet)
United States2018-05-23Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP "magnetometer boom testing"
United States2018-07-06Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP "Delta IV Heavy WDRs" (Wet Dress Rehearsal)
2018-08-12: Parker Solar Probe (PSP)
United States2018-08-12Kennedy Space Center FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverPSP launch
United States2018-08-12Laurel MD(Lollini) cachet on coverPSP launch
United States2018-08-12Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverPSP launch
Parker Solar Probe (events)
United States2019-09-01Pasadena CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Perihelion #3"
United States2019-12-26Pasadena CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Venus [2nd] flyby gravity assist"
United States2019-12-26GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Venus [2nd] flyby gravity assist"
United States2020-01-29GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Perihelion #4"
United States2020-01-29Pasadena CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Perihelion #4"
United States2020-07-10Pasadena CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Venus flyby 3"
United States2020-09-27GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Perihelion #6"
United States2021-02-20Pasadena CA(Red Eagle) cachet on coverPSP "Venus [4th] gravity-assist flyby"


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