San Marco 1 – the first Italian satellite
FindYourStampsValue.com is glad to inform that Italian Post has released a special commemorative stamp dedicated to San Marco 1 – the first Italian satellite. The issue depicts the satellite itself. The item was put into circulation on the 15th of December.
San Marco 1, also known as San Marco A, was the first Italian satellite, and one of the earliest non-Soviet/US spacecraft. Built in-house by the Italian Space Research Commission on behalf of the National Research Council, it was the first of five as part of the Italian-US San Marco programme.
The name of the spacecraft series comes from the San Marco platform, a Jackup barge used as an offshore launch pad for the main phase of the project. San Marco is the patron saint of Venice, often depicted as aiding Venetian sailors.