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This page contains philatelic information on the ERTS (Earth Resources Technology Satellite) / Landsat (LAND SATellite) series. 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.

Early Landsat-1/2/3 type spacecraft are similar in design to Nimbus spacecraft, but are distinguished by different instrumentation on the spacecraft body and context of use.

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)
ERTS / Landsat ERTS / Landsat ERTS / Landsat
Landsat (on other than Landsat launch covers)


Below is a list of ERTS/Landsat series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
ERTS / Landsat
Antigua and Barbuda702 (BL70)In (lower-left) margin of SS11983Landsat-4/5 type
Barbuda577 (BL74)In (lower-left) margin of SS1, Antigua and Barbuda 702 overprinted1983Landsat-4/5 type
Brazil1292 (Mi1376)1973Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
British Antarctic Territory84 (Mi86)1981Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
British Antarctic Territory82-85 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
British Antarctic Territory256 (Mi284)1998Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Central African Republic1172b (Mi1872A)
i1172b (Mi1872B)
One of MS4 (1172 (a-d)) (Mi1871A-1874A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1172 (a-d)) (Mi1871B-1874B)
1997"Landsat-4"
Central African Republic1172b dsDeluxe sheet (1172b)
Chad706a (Mi1493A)
i706a (Mi1493B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (706 (a-f)) (Mi1493A-1498A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i706 (a-f)) (Mi1493B-1498B)
1997"Landsat-4" (in selvedge text)
Chad709d (Mi1514A)
i709d (Mi1514B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (709 (a-f)) (Mi1511A-1516A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i709 (a-f)) (Mi1511B-1516B)
"Landsat-1" (Nimbus-type) (in selvedge text)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card back, also front1999Landsat TM (Thematic Mapper) composite image
Ciskei (South Africa)194 (Mi218)1992"Landsat-6"
Ciskei (South Africa)191-194 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2006Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Costa RicaC780-C781 fdc1 (Mi1063-1064 fdc1)Cachet on FDC1980Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Costa RicaC780-C781 fdc2 (Mi1063-1064 fdc2)Cachet on FDC (different color cancel)
Cyprus960 sc (Mi959 sc)Cachet on souvenir card, also back2000Landsat-4/5 type
Egypt1199 (Mi895)1982Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Bronze) medallion, also reverse1970s"Landsat-2", also "Landsat-1 (ERTS)" (on back)
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Silver) medallion"ERTS-1" (Landsat-1)
Guinea RepublicBL898A
BL898B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2005"Landsat"-6/7 type
Guinea RepublicBL900A
BL900B
In (upper-left) margin of MS2 (Mi4188A-4189A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (Mi4188B-4189B)
Landsat-4/5 type
Guinea RepublicBL900A fdc
BL900B fdc
MS2 on FDC
Imperforate MS2 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1534In (upper-right) margin of SS12008Landsat-6/7 type
Jersey (Great Britain)560 (Mi540)1991"Landsat-5" (in text)
Jersey (Great Britain)559-562 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Maldive Islands1817 (BL272)SS11992Landsat-4/5 type
Marshall Islands930f (Mi2353)One of MS10 (930 (a-j)) (Mi2348-2357)2008Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Mexico1284 (Mi1831)1982Landsat-4/5 type
Mexico1284 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Mexico1284 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different cancel)
MordoviaLocal_bOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1998Landsat-6/7 type
MordoviaLocal_ms fdcMS6 on FDC
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands349b (Mi436)One of strip of 2 (349 (a-b))2007"Landsat-7" (in text)
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"Landsat" (in text only)
Thailand1002 (Mi1016)One of booklet pane of 4 (1002a (4x 1002))1982Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
Thailand1002 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
United StatesNone(Printed) cachet on cover1977Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
United StatesUC58(USPS) aerogramme1985Landsat-4/5 type; Landsat images (on back)
United StatesUC58 fdc1(USPS) aerogramme FDC (extra cachet)
United StatesUC58 fdc2(USPS) aerogramme FDC (extra cancels)
United StatesUC58 fdc3(USPS) aerogramme FDC (extra cancel)
United StatesUC58 fdc4(USPS) aerogramme FDC with extra (Jim Butcher/Fleetwood) cachet, also detailLandsat-4/5 type; Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type) (in extra cachet)
United StatesUC58 fdc5(USPS) aerogramme FDC with extra (ArtCraft) cachetLandsat-4/5 type; Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type) (in extra cachet)
United StatesUC58 fdoi(USPS) aerogramme FDOI ceremony, page 1/front, also page 2, page 3, page 4/FDC, and page 5/back(As above for stamp and FDC)
United States2570 (Mi2185)One of booklet pane of 10 (2577a (2568-2577)) (Mi2183-2192)1991Landsat-1/2/3 type (Nimbus-type)
United States2570 fdc1Stamp and (Koslow/Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back
United States2570 fdc2Stamp and (Steve Wilson Design) cachet on FDC
United States2570 fdc3Stamp and (printed) cachet on FDC
United States2570 fdc4Stamp and (true-color image) cachet on FDC
United States2570 fdc5Stamp and (Collins hand-painted) cachet on FDC
United States2570 maxi(Unicover) maxicard
United States2570+2575 fdcOne of two stamps and (PCS) cachet on FDC
United States2570+2575 sc(PCS) FDC on Souvenir Card
United States2577a fdcOne of ten stamps on FDC (HF cachet)(As above)
United States2577a fdoiFDOI program (2577a), also front and back
United StatesSP968(USPS) souvenir page (2577a)
United StatesCP375(USPS) commemorative panel (2577a)


Below is a list of ERTS/Landsat series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
ERTS / Landsat
1972-07-23: ERTS-1 / Landsat-1
Spain1972-07-23Madrid(NASA rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
Spain1972-07-23Madrid(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet (and signatures) on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Cygnus no.27/Andromeda/Riser) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Sarzin) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Solar Covers no.42) cachet on cover, also insertLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Goldcraft Cachets) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(Swanson blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Vandenberg AFB, CA(CISCO/Fydo EtS no.3) cachet on cover, also insertLandsat-1 launch
United States1972-07-23Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Polar Covers) cachet on coverLandsat-1 launch
Landsat-1 (anniversaries)
United States2012-07-23Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover40th anniv. Landsat-1 launch
1975-01-22: ERTS-2 / Landsat-2
United States1975-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy? blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(KSC-WLOD black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Waimea HI(NASA tracking) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
United States1975-01-22Vandenberg AFB, CA(Centennial) cachet on coverLandsat-2 launch
1978-03-05: Landsat-3 (and OSCAR-8 and PIX-1)
United States1978-03-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(NASA KSC-WOSO purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-3 launch
United States1978-03-05Vandenberg AFB, CA(Vandy? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on coverLandsat-3 launch
United States1978-03-05GSFC, MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-3 launch
United States1978-03-05GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLandsat-3 launch
United States1978-03-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-3 launch
United States1978-03-06Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet (different) on coverLandsat-3 launch
Landsat-3 (events)
United States1978-04-18GSFC, MD(GSFC Project Manager) cachet on cover(possible) Landsat-3 instruments declared operational after their testing period
1982-07-16: Landsat-4
United States1982-07-16Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLandsat-4 launch
United States1982-07-16Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Two-color printed) cachet on coverLandsat-4 launch
United States1982-07-16Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-4 launch
United States1982-07-16Greenbelt MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-4 launch
United States1982-07-16Greenbelt MD(GSFC blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLandsat-4 launch
1984-03-01: Landsat-5 (and OSCAR-11)
Spain1984-03-01Madrid(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
United States1984-03-01Greenbelt MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
United States1984-03-01Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Two-color printed) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
United States1984-03-01Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Orange and red printed) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
United States1984-03-01Vandenberg AFB, CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
United States1984-03-01WSMR, NM(Space Voyage) cachet on coverLandsat-5 launch
1993-10-05: Landsat-6 [failed]
United States1993-10-05Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Printed) cachet on coverLandsat-6 launch [failed]
1999-04-15: Landsat-7
United States1999-04-15Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(B&D) cachet on coverLandsat-7 launch
United States1999-04-15Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Mission patch) cachet on coverLandsat-7 launch
2013-02-11: Landsat-8 / LDCM
No launch cover images available yet
Landsat (on other than Landsat launch covers)
Australia1972-03-27Woomera SACachet on Skylark SL1081 (sub-orbital) rocket launch coverLandsat-1 / "ERTS-A" (in text)
United States1973-05-30Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on Skylab-2 event cover"Solar [and] ERTS experiments" (in the "ERTS experiment", Earth observations obtained from Skylab's EREP (Earth Resources Experiment Package) were compared with those from the satellite ERTS-1)
United States1973-08-24Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on Intelsat-4-7 launch coverERTS patch
French Guiana1975-06-11Kourou(Lollini) cachet on Super-ARCAS1 35-78 (sub-orbital) rocket launch cover, also detail"E.R.T.S." and ERTS patch
United States1983-03-28
1988-03-22
Vandenberg AFB, CA
Washington DC
(First Rank/Space Voyage) cachet on NOAA-8 launch cover"Landsat"-5 (and launch date)
USA 2277 FDC

1The ARCAS (All-purpose Rocket for Collecting Atmospheric Soundings) was developed by the Atlantic Research Corporation for the Office of Naval Research with support from the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. It was launched with a launching tube. It was first used in July 1959, and has undergone various modifications and improvements since then.


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