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This page contains philatelic information on the (USA) Galileo 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.

This list includes the single USA Galileo satellite launched in 1989 only, not to be confused with the European Space Agency (ESA) Galileo-series satellites being launched in the 2000s.

See also Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642) in the Contributors to Meteorology pages.

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)
Galileo (USA) Galileo (USA) Galileo (USA)


Below is a list of Galileo satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Galileo (USA)
AbkhaziaUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
MS9 (a-i)
Imperforate MS9 (a-i)
1996"Galileo" atmospheric entry probe with parachute and heat shield (see also Buriatia Unknown label 1996)
AbkhaziaMi349One of MS8 (Mi346-353 + label)1999With Space Shuttle; with booster attached
AustriaKM317425 euro (silver-niobium coin), also reverse detail2009Also Galileo Galilei (on obverse)
Benin678 (Mi500)1990"Galileo"
Benin681 (Mi506)678 overprinted in red1991"Galileo"
BeninUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2015Also Galileo Galilei
Bulgaria3574 (Mi3875)1990"Galileo" (with booster attached)
Bulgaria3627 (Mi3916)1991With Space Shuttle "Atlantis"; with booster attached
Buriatia (Republic)Unknown label (BL? label)Label4 from imperforate SS1 + 4 labels1996"Galileo" atmospheric entry probe with parachute and heat shield (see also Abkhazia Unknown ms 1996)
Burundi758d (Mi1851)One of MS12 (758 (a-l)) (Mi1848-1859)2000"Galileo"
Central African Republic658a (BL285A)
i658a (BL285B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
1984"Galileo Orbiter" (fantasy depiction), and Galileo atmospheric probe and balloon (depicted twice)
Central African Republic759a (BL345A)
i759a (BL345B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (759)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i759)
1985"Galileo"
Central African Republic973 (Mi1442A)
i973 (Mi1442B)

Imperforate
1990"Sonde Galileo"
Central African Republic973a (BL513A)
i973a (BL513B)
SS1 (973)
Imperforate SS1 (i973)
Central African RepublicC349a (Mi1440A-1447A)
iC349a (Mi1440B-1447B)
On one of MS8 (970-975 + C348-C349)
On one of imperforate MS8 (i970-i975 + iC348-iC349)
Central African Republic1371b (Mi2604A)
i1371b (Mi2604B)
One of MS3 (1371 (a-c)) (Mi2603A-2605A)
One of imperforate MS3 (i1371)
2000"sonde Galileo"
Chad718a (Mi1636A)
i718a (Mi1636B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (718)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i718)
1997"Galileo"; also entry probe and parachute
Chad923a (BL326A)
i923a (BL326B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (923)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i923)
2001Also Galileo Galilei
Comoro Islands275 (Mi369A)
i275 (Mi369B)

Imperforate
1977"Jupiter lander" entry probe and parachute (looking towards a future mission, which Galileo fulfills)
Comoro Islands275a (BL108A)
i275a (BL108B)
On stamp of SS1 (275)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i275)
Czech RepublicNoneCachet on postal card2009Also Galileo Galilei
DjiboutiUnknown g (Mi?)
Unknown ig
One of MS8 (a-h + label)
One of imperforate MS8 (a-h + label)
2007"Galileo probe"
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On one stamp and in (upper-left) margin of MS2 (a-b)
On one stamp and in (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2013"Galileo"
DjiboutiUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2014Galileo (with mesh antenna in collapsed position)
DjiboutiUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Gambia2174f (Mi3286)
i2174f
One of MS6 (2174 (a-f)) (Mi3281-3286)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2174 (a-f))
1999"Galileo"
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1997"Galileo"
Grenada Carriacou2206 (Mi3197-3202)In (lower-right) margin of MS6 (2206 (a-f))2000"Galileo"
Guinea RepublicC172 (Mi1294A)
iC172 (Mi1294B)

Imperforate
1990"Module orbital de Galileo"
Guinea RepublicC172a (BL369A)
iC172a (BL369B)
SS1 (C172)
Imperforate SS1 (iC172)
(As above for stamp); "Sonde Galileo" with entry probe, heat shield, and parachute (in right margin); also Galileo Galilei
Guinea Republic1135-1136+1142-1143+C170+C172_ms6
i1135-i1136+i1142-i1143+iC170+iC172_ms6
On one of MS6 (1135-1136+1142-1143+C170+C172)
On one of imperforate MS6 (i1135-i1136+i1142-i1143+iC170+iC172)
(As above for stamp)
Guinea Republic1262b (Mi1484A)
i1262b (Mi1484B)
One of strip of 3 (1262 (a-c)) (Mi1482-1484)
One of imperforate strip of 3 (i1262 (a-c))
1994"sonde Galileo"
Guinea RepublicMi5238-5243_ms6In (lower-left) margin of MS6 (Mi5238-5243)2007
Guinea RepublicMi7646AOne of MS6 (Mi7641-7646)2010
Guinea RepublicMi7641A-7647A fdcOne of seven stamps on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi7641A-7646A_ms6 fdc
Mi7641B-7646B_ms6 fdc
MS6 on FDC
Imperforate MS6 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi10807A-10810A_ms4
Mi10807B-10810B_ms4
MS4 (Mi10807A-10810A)
Imperforate MS4 (Mi10807B-10810B)
2014Galileo satellite (on 2nd stamp), Galileo probe (on 3rd stamp), Galileo SSI [solid-state imager] (on 4th stamp); also Galileo Galilei (on 1st and 4th stamps and FDC cachet)
Guinea RepublicMi10807A-10810A_ms4 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL2457A
BL2457B
In (right) margin of SS1
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
Galileo satellite; also Galileo Galilei (on stamps and FDC cachet)
Guinea RepublicBL2457A fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea-Bissau413Ad (BL175A)
i413Ad (BL175B)
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (413A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i413A)
1981With booster attached
Guinea-BissauBL556In (lower-left) margin of SS12006With Space Shuttle
Guinea-BissauBL556 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea-BissauMi3763A
Mi3763B
One of MS4 (Mi3760A-3763A + 2 labels)
One of imperforate MS4 (Mi3760B-3763B + 2 labels)
2008Also Galileo Galilei
Guinea-BissauMi3991A
Mi3991B
One of MS6 (Mi3986A-3991A)
One of imperforate MS6 (Mi3986B-3991B)
2008
Guyana2874g (Mi4926)
i2874g
One of MS9 (2874 (a-i)) (Mi4920-4928)
One of imperforate MS9 (i2874 (a-i))
1994"Galileo"
Guyana2876 (BL441)
i2876
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Hungary4126a (Mi5351)Two of MS4 (4126 (2x 4126 (a-b))) (BL328)2009Also Galileo Galilei
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2012Also Galileo Galilei
Ivory CoastUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Malagasy996 (Mi1282A)
i996 (Mi1282B)

Imperforate
1990"Galileo"
Malagasy996a (BL149A)
i996a (BL149B)
On stamp and in (upper-left) margin of SS1 (996)
On stamp and in (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i996)
"Galileo" (with booster attached) (in upper-left margin)
Malagasy997b (Mi1282A-1283A)
i997b (Mi1282B-1283B)
On one of MS2 (996-997)
On one of imperforate MS2 (i996-i997)
"Galileo"
Maldive Islands3221 fdc (Mi5355-5358 fdc)Cachet on FDC2014Also Galileo Galilei
Mali687 (Mi1337A)
i687 (Mi1337B)

Imperforate
1995"sonde Galileo"
Mali687a (BL_A68A)
i687a (BL_A68B)
On stamp and in (left) margin of SS1 (687)
On stamp and in (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i687)
Mali690b (Mi1337A-1338A+1340A)
i690b (Mi1337B-1338B+1340B)
On one of MS3 (687-688+690)
On one of imperforate MS3 (i687-i688+i690)
MaliUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS2 (a-b)
One of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2006"Galileo"; also Galileo Galilei
MaliUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS2 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS2 and cachet on FDC
Micronesia344s (Mi739)One stamp and on selvedge of MS20 (344 (a-t)) (Mi721-740)1999"Galileo"
MordoviaLocal_fOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1998(early-design?) Galileo
MordoviaLocal_ms fdcLocal post MS6 on FDC
Nevis1542 (Mi2302-2307)On all stamps and in (left) margin of MS6 (1542 (a-f))2008"Galileo" (with booster attached) (on one stamp)
Nevis1542 fdcMS6 on FDC
Nicaragua1985c (Mi3294)One of MS16 (1985 (a-p)) (Mi3292-3307)1994"Sonda Galileo" entry probe and parachute; also Galileo Galilei
Nicaragua1986 (BL210)On stamp of SS1
Niger1078i (Mi1934)
i1078i
One of MS9 (1078 (a-i)) (Mi1926-1934)
One of imperforate MS9 (i1078 (a-i))
2001"sonde Galileo"
Niger1078 fdcImperforate MS9 on FDC
Osetia (North)Local_cFrom local post MS6 (a-f)1997With booster attached
Osetia (North)Local_dGalileo; also probe descending via parachute
Osetia (North)Local_fdcMS6 and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps); also probe descending via parachute (in the cachet, different depiction than in local_d stamp)
Ossetia (South)Unknown1 (Mi?)From MS102009"Galileo"; also Galileo Galilei
Ossetia (South)Unknown2 (Mi?)
Ossetia (South)Unknown ms fdcMS10 on FDC
RomaniaNoneCancel2005"Galileo"
RwandaUnknown g (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010"Galileo"
St. Vincent2791b (Mi4929)
i2791b
One of MS6 (2791 (a-f)) (Mi4928-4933)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2791 (a-f))
2000"Galileo"
St. Vincenti2791b proofOne of imperforate proof MS6 (i2791 proof (a-f))
St. Vincenti2791 proof fdcImperforate proof MS6 on FDC
Solomon Islands1660 (Mi2722-2725)In (right) margin of MS4 (1660 (a-d))2014
Solomon Islands1660 fdcMS4 on FDC
Tanzania1325 (Mi2023)1994"Galilei" (Galileo) (with booster attached)
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 4521, also overprint template1994Galileo (with booster attached)
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5723, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5725, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5726, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5727, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5732, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5733, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5984, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 5987, also overprint template
TuvaLocalstrip of 5 with unknown design overprinted on 2x Russia 6068A, also overprint template
Tuvalu1076 (Mi1468-1471)MS4 (1076 (a-d))2008"Galileo"
Tuvalu1076 fdcMS4 on FDC
Uganda1484Ag (Mi1860)From MS8 (1484A (b-i)) (Mi1855-1862)1997"Galileo entry probe" and parachute
United Nations (Geneva)477 (Mi585)Six stamps and in (upper-right) margin of MS6 (477a (6x 477))2007
United Nations (Vienna)411 (BL21)On stamp of SS12007
United StatesNone(Mission patch) cachet on cover1993"Galileo"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Galileo pre-launch (events)
United States1982-07-17Roswell NM(Space Voyage) cachet on cover(Jupiter atmosphere) probe (parachute/impact) test; also Galileo Galilei
1989-10-18: Galileo (USA) (from STS-34)
United States1989-10-18Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel and (Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel and (blue and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Houston TX(Red) cancel and (red-purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Pasadena CA(Three rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel and (multi-color) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18West Palm Beach FL(Three rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Three rubber-stamp) cachets (different colors) on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18MSFC, AL(Three rubber-stamp) cachets (different colors) on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States1989-10-18Las Cruces NM(Magenta rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Germany (West)
United States
1989-10-18
1989-10-23
Wessling
Houston TX
(Mission Control Station) cancel on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
STS-34 landing
United States1989-10-18
2003-09-21
Pasadena CA
Pasadena CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Impact with Jupiter
United States1989-10-18
2003-09-21
Barstow CA
Pasadena CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Impact with Jupiter
United States1989-10-18
2003-09-21
Kennedy Space Center FL
Pasadena CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Impact with Jupiter
Australia
United States
1989-10-19
2003-09-21
Canberra ACT
Pasadena CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverSTS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Impact with Jupiter
United States1989-10-20Jacksonville FL(Purple and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) cover"recovery force"
United States1989-10-22Houston TX(Mission Control Station) cancel on coverGHCD (Growth Hormone Concentration and Distribution) in Plants experiment
United States1989-10-23Honolulu HI, Hickman AF Station(Three rubber-stamp) cachets on (airmail) coverSTS-34 landing
Galileo (events)
United States1990-12-08Pasadena CA(Green and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) cover"Earth 1 flyby"
United States1992-12-08Pasadena CA(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover(Second) Earth flyby
United States1993-08-28Pasadena CA(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverIda flyby
United States1995-10-02Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"probe release"
United States1995-12-07Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverJupiter orbit insertion
United States1995-12-07Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverJupiter orbit insertion
United States1996-06-26Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverGanymede encounter
United States1996-11-04Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverCallisto encounter
United States1996-12-18Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverEuropa encounter
United States2003-09-21
1989-10-18
Pasadena CA
Pasadena CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverImpact with Jupiter
STS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States2003-09-21
1989-10-18
Pasadena CA
Barstow CA
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverImpact with Jupiter
STS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
United States2003-09-21
1989-10-18
Pasadena CA
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverImpact with Jupiter
STS-34 launch; Galileo deployed
Australia
United States
2003-09-21
1989-10-19
Pasadena CA
Canberra ACT
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverImpact with Jupiter
STS-34 launch; Galileo deployed


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