ANS

ANS and ISO
(and other non-US
astronomical/telescope satellites)

ISO
ANS (Netherlands)ISO (ESA)

This page contains philatelic information on ANS and ISO (and other non-US astronomical/telescope 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)
ANS (Netherlands) ANS (Netherlands) ANS (Netherlands)
COS-B (ESA) COS-B (ESA) COS-B (ESA)
EXOSAT (ESA) EXOSAT (ESA) EXOSAT (ESA)
EXOSAT (on other than EXOSAT launch covers)
ISO (ESA) ISO (ESA) ISO (ESA)
HIPPARCOS (ESA) HIPPARCOS (ESA) HIPPARCOS (ESA)
Rosat (Germany) Rosat (Germany) Rosat (Germany)
Astron / Granat (Russia) Astron / Granat (Russia) Astron / Granat (Russia)
INTENGRAL (ESA) INTEGRAL (ESA) INTEGRAL (ESA)
GAIA (ESA) GAIA (ESA) GAIA (ESA)


Below is a list of ANS and ISO (and other non-US astronomical/telescope satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
ANS (Netherlands)
Netherlands1040b+tab (Mi1741+tab)From MS10 (1040 (a-j)) (Mi1740-1749)1999"Astronomische Nederlandse Satelliet""
Netherlands1040b maxiMaxicard
Netherlands1040a-f fdcOne of six stamps on FDC
COS-B (ESA)
No (non-launch cover) postal items found
EXOSAT (ESA)
Antigua and Barbuda2361e (Mi3191)One of MS6 (2361 (a-f)) (Mi3187-3192)2000
Antigua and Barbuda2361e essayOne of imperforate MS6 (2361 essay (a-f))
Antigua and Barbuda2361 essay fdcMS4 essay on FDC
BeninUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014"EXOSAT"
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps and cachet on FDC
BeninUnknown c proof
Unknown ic proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof
BeninUnknown ms proofOne of MS4 signed-proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof on FDC
Central African Republic850 (BL470A)
i850 (BL470B)
In (left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1987EXOSAT (not "HIPPARCOS", as in text)
Gambia2268e (Mi3702)From MS6 (2268 (a-f))2000"EXOSAT"
Gambia2268e essayFrom MS6 (2268 imperforate essay (a-f))
Guinea-Bissau413Bd (BL176A)
i413Bd (BL176B)
In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (413B)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i413B)
1981
Guinea-Bissau413B+413Bd fdcSS1 on FDC
Germany (West)None(Pictorial) cancel on postcard1983"EXOSAT"
Malagasy Republic1536b (Mi2474)
i1536b
One of MS6 (1536 (a-f)) (Mi2473-2478)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1536 (a-f))
2000"EXOSAT"
Malagasy Republic1536 fdcMS6 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ims (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)2006
SomaliaUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
2004Also "EXOSAT" logo
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"EXOSAT" (in text only)
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298 fdc (BL9 fdc)Cachet on cover1981"EXOSAT"
ISO (ESA)
DjiboutiC180a (BL79)In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (C180)1983
Central African Republic850 (BL470A)
i850 (BL470B)
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
1987"ISO"
Comoro Islands792 (Mi998A)
i792 (Mi998B)
More perforations than MS6 or SS1, and no inscriptions at bottom1992"ISO"
Comoro Islands792_from_ms6 (Mi998A)
i792_from_ms6 (Mi998B)
One of MS6 (795a (790-795)) (Mi996A-1001A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i795a (i790-i795)) (Mi996B-1001B)
Comoro Islands792b (BL375A)
i792b (BL375B)
On stamp of SS1 (792)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i792)
Comoro Islands944 (Mi1746-1748)
i944
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (944 (a-c))
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (i944 (a-c))
1999"Satellite I.S.O."
Great Britain1376 fdc (Mi1339 fdc)(Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back1991"Infrared Space Observatory"
HIPPARCOS (ESA)
Central African Republic850 (BL470A)
i850 (BL470B)
In (left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1987"HIPPARCOS" (in text, but EXOSAT depicted)
Comoro Islands936 (Mi1726-1738)
i936
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (936 (a-c))
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (i936 (a-c))
1999"HIPPARCOS"
DjiboutiUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"HIPPARCOS"
DjiboutiUnknown ms proofMS9 signed proof
DjiboutiUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS9 on FDC
Imperforate MS9 on FDC
Dominica2239 (BL405)On stamp of SS12000"HIPPARCOS"
Malagasy Republic1048 (Mi1348)
i1048
One of MS6 (1050a (1045-1050)) (Mi1345-1350)1992"HIPPARCOS"
Malagasy Republic1048b (BL179)
i1048b
On stamp of SS1 (1048)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1048)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (reproduction of Djibouti MS9) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"HIPPARCOS" (on stamp 'd' in cachet)
Rosat (Germany)
Antigua and Barbuda2243d (Mi2925)
i2243d
One of MS6 (2243 (a-f)) (Mi2922-2927)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2243 (a-f))
1999"Rosat"
Barbuda1790d (Mi?)One of MS6 (1790 (a-f)), Antigua and Barbuda 2243d overprinted2000"Rosat"
Gambia2268b (Mi3699)From MS6 (2268 (a-f))2000"Rosat"
Gambia2268b essayFrom MS6 (2268 imperforate essay (a-f))
Germany (West)NoneCancel and cachet on cover1988"Rosat"
Germany1170 cardCancel (not launch date) and cachet on card1990
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1990"Rosat"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) on cover (different)1990"Rosat"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) and (rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1990"Rosat"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) and (printed) cachet on cover1990not "Rosat launch" (as in text)
GermanyNoneCancel (same) and (printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (different)1990"Rosat"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) on cover (different)1990"Rosat"
GermanyNoneMeter on cover1991"Rosat"
Germany1991 cover1 (Mi1973 cover1)(Two) cancels on cover1998"Rosat"
Germany1991 cover2 (Mi1973 cover2)(Two) cancels on cover (different)1998"Rosat"
Germany1991 cover3 (Mi1973 cover3)Cancel on cover (different)1998"Rosat"
GermanyNone(Red and black) cachets on cover1998"Rosat"
United StatesNone(Blue printed and rubber-stamp mission patch) cachets on cover1994"Rosat"
Astron / Granat (Russia)
Comoro Islands741a (BL330)
i741a
In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (741)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i741)
1990"TÚlescope 'Granat'"
Congo (Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS12016"Astron"
Hungary2976 (Mi3809A)
i2976 (Mi3809B)

Imperforate
1986"Asztron" (Astron)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Granat"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Astron"
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp and cancel on stamped envelope1989"Granat"
INTEGRAL (ESA)
Comoro Islands795b (BL378)
i795b
In (left) margin of SS1 (795)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i795)
1992"INTEGRAL"
CongoUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"INTEGRAL" mission
Guinea RepublicBL1377A
BL1377B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (Mi5042)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
20075th anniv. "INTEGRAL"
Guinea RepublicMi5842A
Mi5842B
One of and in (upper-right) margin of MS6 (Mi5838A-5843A)
One of and in (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS6 (Mi5838B-5843B)
2008"INTEGRAL"
Guinea RepublicMi5838A-5843A_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
GAIA (ESA)
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)On stamp and label from MS2 (2x unknown)2014"GAIA"
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
FranceNone1+label1On label with private post2013"GAIA"
FranceNone2+label2On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone3+label3On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone3b+label5On label (same) from private post (different)
FranceNone4+label4On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone5+label5On label (different) from private post (different)
GermanyUnknown (Mi?)2017"GAIA"
GermanyNoneCancel and cachet on cover2017"GAIA"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) on cover2017"GAIA"
Guinea RepublicMi5839A
Mi5839B
One of MS6 (Mi5838A-5843A)
One of imperforate MS6 (Mi5838B-5843B)
2008"GAIA"
Guinea RepublicMi5838A-5843A_ms6 fdcMS6 and cachet on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown e (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f), or from MS10 (10x unknown)2016(Also on the cover and page1 of the Presentation Pack)
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown fdcOne of six stamps on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown fdcMS6 on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown ssIn (left) margin of SS1
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown fdcSS1 on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown ss o/pIn (left) margin of SS1, overprinted
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown o/p fdcSS1, overprinted, on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)Unknown packPresentation pack, also back and page1 and page2
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)2013"GAIA"
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)
SpainNone(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on (un-canceled) (Spanish Post) stamped envelope (from 2011)


Below is a list of ANS and ISO (and other non-US astronomical/telescope satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1974-08-30: ANS (Netherlands)
Germany (West)1974-08-30Darmstadt(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(InterSpace Cover) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverANS launch (OAO-1 depicted)
United States1974-08-30Fairbanks? AK(NASA rubber-stamp) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(KSC/WLOD black rubber-stamp and typed) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(DuBeau?/(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverANS launch (ESRO-2A1 depicted)
United States1974-08-30Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverANS launch
United States1974-08-30Greenbelt MD(GSFC purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverANS launch
COS-B pre-launch (events)
United States1973-10-13Sioux City IA(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverStratospheric balloon mission to test the gamma ray detector for the COS-B satellite
1975-08-08: COS-B (ESA)
United States1975-08-08Lompoc CA(KSC-WLOD black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cyan rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Mission patch) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Fairbanks AK(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-08Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
Belgium1975-08-09Libin(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
Germany (West)1975-08-09Darmstadt(ESTEC Philatelic Club) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
Germany (West)1975-08-09Ottobrunn(Mission patch) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverCOS-B launch
United States1975-08-09Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on stamped envelopeCOS-B launch
1983-05-26: EXOSAT (ESA)
United States1983-05-26Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverEXOSAT launch
United States1983-05-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Lollini) cachet on coverEXOSAT launch
United States1983-05-26Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverEXOSAT launch
United States1983-05-26Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet (different colors) on coverEXOSAT launch
EXOSAT (on other than EXOSAT launch covers)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Insat-2A and Eutelsat-2-F4 launch coverEXOSAT
1985-11-16: ISO (ESA)
French Guiana1985-11-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverISO launch
French Guiana1985-11-16Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverISO launch
Gabon1985-11-17Libreville(Lollini and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverISO launch
1989-08-08: HIPPARCOS (ESA) (and TV-Sat-2)
French Guiana1989-08-08Kourou(Green printed) cachet on coverHIPPARCOS launch
French Guiana1989-08-08Kourou(Green printed and red and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverHIPPARCOS launch
French Guiana1989-08-08Kourou(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverHIPPARCOS launch
French Guiana
Germany (West)
1989-08-08
1989-08-08
Kourou
Wessling, Oberbay
(Picture) cachet on postcardHIPPARCOS launch
France1989-08-09Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverHIPPARCOS launch
Germany1989-08-09Darmstadt(Printed) cachet on coverHIPPARCOS launch
Netherlands1989-08-09Noordwijk(Estec Philatelic Club) cachet on coverHIPPARCOS launch
1990-06-01: Rosat (Germany)
Germany1990-06-01Wessling, OberbayCancel and (mission patch and rubber-stamp) cachets on coverRosat launch
Germany1990-06-01Wessling, OberbayCancel (same) on cover (no cachet)Rosat launch
Germany1990-06-01Wessling, OberbayCancel (same) and (mission patch) cachet (different) on coverRosat launch
Germany1990-06-01Wessling, OberbayCancel (same) and (rubber-stamp) cachet on coverRosat launch
Germany1990-06-01Wessling, OberbayCancel (same) and (printed) cachet on coverRosat launch
United States1990-06-01Cape Canaveral FL(Blue mission patch) cachet on coverRosat launch
United States1990-06-01Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverRosat launch
United States1990-06-01Kennedy Space Center FL(blank/no) cachet on coverRosat launch
Rosat (events)
Germany1991-03-23MunichCancel and (printed) cachet on coverSingle observation phase (in German text)
Rosat (anniversary)
Germany1998-06-01Wessling(Archiv der Astronomie- und Raumfahrt-Philatelie e.V. printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on cover8th anniv. Rosat launch
Astron / Granat (Russia)
No launch cover images available yet
2002-10-17: INTEGRAL (ESA)
Netherlands2002-10-17Noordwijk(Printed) cachet on coverINTEGRAL launch
Russia2002-10-17Baikonur(Lollini) cachet on coverINTEGRAL launch
2013-12-19: GAIA (ESA)
French Guiana2013-12-19KourouLabel (attached to stamp) and (ESA) cachet on coverGAIA launch
Italy2013-12-19TorinoCancel and (printed) cachet on coverGAIA launch

1This Swanson blue rubber-stamp cachet has radial antennas like those on ESRO-2A.


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