Skylab-3 and Earth

Skylab-mission
Earth Imagery

Skylab-4 and Earth
Skylab-3 and EarthSkylab-4 and Earth

Below is a checklist of Skylab-mission Earth Imagery on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items 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.

MissionDatesCrew
The four Skylab missions
Skylab-1 (SL-1)14 May 1973launch of the un-manned Skylab
Skylab-2 (SL-2)25 May - 22 Jun 1973Conrad, Kerwin, and Weitz
Skylab-3 (SL-3)28 Jul - 25 Sep 1973Bean, Garriot, and Lousma
Skylab-4 (SL-4)16 Nov 1973 - 8 Feb 1974Carr, Gibson, and Pogue

Some numbering confusion exists because the first mission, the un-manned launch, is sometimes ignored, so that the three manned missions are then called Skylab-1, 2, and 3. However, the official identification and numbering of the Skylab missions is Skylab-1, 2, 3, and 4 as defined above. In this website the official numbering is used.

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)
Earth imagery
Earth image1 from Skylab-2
(1973-06-07)
Earth image2 from Skylab-2
(1973-06-22)
Earth image2 from Skylab-2
(1973-06-22)
Earth image1 from Skylab-3
(1973-07-28)
Earth image1 from Skylab-3
(1973-07-28)
Earth image2 from Skylab-3
(1973-07-28)
Earth image3 from Skylab-3
(1973-09-03?)
Earth image1 from Skylab-4
(1974-02-08)
Earth image2 from Skylab-4
(1974-02-08)
Earth image2 from Skylab-4
(1974-02-08)
Earth image3 from Skylab-4
(1974-02-08)
Erroneous or un-identified Earth images from Skylab
Chronological list with details of Skylab-mission Earth imagery


Below is a list of Skylab-mission Earth Imagery on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Earth imagery
[image details in table at bottom of page]
Earth image2 from Skylab-2 (1973-06-22)
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS11989Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
Isle of Man (Great Britian)2078 (Mi2556)One of MS11 (2080b (2073-2020) + 3 unknowns) (Mi2551-2558+Mi1527II+Mi1530II+Mi1532II)2020Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States1529 fdc (Mi1136 fdc)(Marq) cachet on FDC1974(blue monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States1915 fdc1 (Mi1484 fdc1)(PhilSwiss) cachet on FDC1981Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States1915 fdc2 (Mi1484 fdc2)(Don Kauer) cachet on FDC
Earth image1 from Skylab-3 (1973-07-28)
Vatican City656 fdc (Mi745 fdc)(Zaso silk) cachet on FDC1979Earth image1 from Skylab-3, 1973-07-28 when flipped horizontally; (see also USA cover (1979-07-11))
Earth image2 from Skylab-3 (1973-07-28)
Afghanistan (spelled "Afganistan")Unknown a (Mi none)One of MS9 (a-i) [known illegal issue]1999Earth image2 from Skylab-3, 1973-07-28
Bahamas1257 (Mi1333)2008Earth image2 from Skylab-3, 1973-07-28 when rotated 90 deg
Earth image3 from Skylab-3 (1973-09-03?)
Gibraltar363 (Mi371)From MS10 (363a (10x 363))1978Gibraltar cropped from Earth image3 from Skylab-3, 1973-09-03?, also detail
Gibraltar364 (BL5)On stamp of SS1
Gibraltar363-364 fdcStamp and SS1 on FDC
Earth image2 from Skylab-4 (1974-02-08)
BeninUnknown e (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2003Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when flippted horizontally
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)SS12002Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when flipped horizontally and rotated 90 deg
GabonUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2018Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
Macedonia (North)Unknown a (Mi912)One of MS3 (a-c)2020Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when flipped horizontally
Macedonia (North)Unknown a-c fdcOne of three stamps on FDC (North Macedonia Post? cachet)
RwandaUnknown c (Mi none)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2010Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when rotated 180 deg
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus127b (Mi128)One of MS2 (127 (a-b)) (BL4), also detail1983Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus127b fdcStamp on FDC (Fleetwood cachet), also back
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus127 fdcMS2 on FDC
United States1529 maxi (Mi1136 maxi)Image on maxicard1974Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
United States1529 fdc1 (Mi1136 fdc1)(Sticker/photo) cachet on FDC
United States1529 fdc2 (Mi1136 fdc2)(Marq) cachet on FDC card
United States3239 fdc (Mi3045 fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC1999Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
Earth image3 from Skylab-4 (1974-02-08)
St. VincentUnknown ss (BL?)SS12021Earth image3 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
Erroneous or un-identified Earth images from Skylab
Ascension Island183 (Mi183)1975"From photograph of island taken from Skylab-3, 11-1-1973 from a height of 240 miles"; the date may mean 11 Jan 1973 or 1 Nov 1973; in either case, it is impossible (bogus) that the image be from Skylab, since the station was launched only in May 1973, and was unoccupied on 1 Nov 1973; the source of this false-color depiction is unknown
Ascension Island184 (Mi184)"From photograph of island taken from Skylab-4, 3-1-74, from a height of 267 miles", but that is impossible (bogus) if the date is interpreted as 1 Mar 1974, since Skylab was unoccupied then; it would be possible if the date refers to 3 Jan 1974, but no such Skylab image is known to the authors; the source of this true-color depiction is unknown
Ascension Island183-184 fdcTwo stamps on FDC(As above for stamps)
Ascension Island394 (Mi403)Stamp-on-stamp: 1831975"From photograph of island taken from Skylab-3, 11-1-1973 from a height of 240 miles"; the date may mean 11 Jan 1973 or 1 Nov 1973; in either case, it is impossible (bogus) that the image be from Skylab, since the station was launched only in May 1973, and was unoccupied on 1 Nov 1973; the source of this false-color depiction is unknown


Below is a list of Skylab-mission Earth Imagery on satellite launch and event covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Earth imagery
[image details in table at bottom of page]
Earth image1 from Skylab-2 (1973-06-07)
United States1973-06-07Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on Skylab-2 event cover(brown monochrome) Earth image1 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-07 when rotated 180 deg
Earth image2 from Skylab-2 (1973-06-22)
United States1973-06-19Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers, no logo) cachet on Skylab-2 event cover(brown monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States1973-06-22Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on Skylab-2 landing cover(blue monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States1973-09-25Cape Canaveral FL(SCCS) cachet on Skylab-3 landing cover(blue monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
United States (NASA local post)1974-02-08Houston TX(SCCS) cachet on Skylab-4 landing cover(red monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-2, 1973-06-22
Earth image1 from Skylab-3 (1973-07-28)
United States1979-07-11Cape Canaveral FL(Zaso silk/IASP no.20) cachet on Skylab re-entry coverEarth image1 from Skylab-3, 1973-07-28 when flipped horizontally (see also Vatican City 656 fdc)
Earth image1 from Skylab-4 (1974-02-08)
United States2018-05-14Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on Skylab-1 anniversary-of-launch coverEarth image1 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when flipped horizontally
Earth image2 from Skylab-4 (1974-02-08)
United States1973-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Blue and black printed) cachet on Skylab-4 event cover(blue monochrome) Earth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08
Australia1979-07-12Adelaide SA(Zaso silk/IASP no.19) cachet on Skylab re-entry coverEarth image2 from Skylab-4, 1974-02-08 when flipped horizontally


The table below is a chronological list with details of Skylab-mission Earth Imagery found in the tables above.

Skylab mission and imageDateNASA photo numberImage details/explanation
Details of Skylab-mission Earth Imagery Referenced in the Tables Above
Earth image1 from Skylab-21973-06-07SL2-100-799Astronauts Kerwin and Conrad photographed by Astronaut Weitz during an EVA to free a jammed solar panel in the Skylab-2 mission (with Earth's surface in the background)
Earth image2 from Skylab-21973-06-22SL2-07-651Skylab with Earth below (photographed from the Skylab-2 Command and Service Module (CSM) during the final fly-around inspection by the CSM before returning home)
Earth image1 from Skylab-31973-07-28SL3-114-1682Skylab above the jungle of northern Brazil (photographed from the Skylab-3 Command and Service Module (CSM) during station-keeping prior to docking)
Earth image2 from Skylab-31973-07-28SL3-114-1683Skylab above the Amazon River at Ilha Grande de Garupá (photographed from the Skylab-3 Command and Service Module (CSM) during station-keeping prior to docking)
Earth image3 from Skylab-31973-09-03?SL3-121-2387Earth view centered on Gibraltar as photographed from Skylab-3 (cloud-free except over northern Morocco)
Earth image1 from Skylab-41974-02-08SL4-143-4704Skylab with Earth below (photographed from the Skylab-4 Command and Service Module (CSM) during the final fly-around inspection by the CSM before returning home)
Earth image2 from Skylab-41974-02-08SL4-143-4706Skylab with Earth below (photographed from the Skylab-4 Command and Service Module (CSM) during the final fly-around inspection by the CSM before returning home)
Earth image3 from Skylab-41974-02-08MSFC7449835Closeup of Skylab with Earth below (photographed from the Skylab-4 Command and Service Module (CSM) during the final fly-around inspection by the CSM before returning home)


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