Luna-1

Luna-series
satellites
(and Lunokhod rovers)

Lunokhod-2
Luna-1Lunokhod-2

This page contains philatelic information on the Luna-series 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.

Luna was occasionally called Lunik or Lunnik by western media.

Lunokhod-1 and 2 lunar rovers were carried by Luna-17 and 21, respectively.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Reference images
(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)
Luna
(Russia/USSR)
Luna
(Russia/USSR)
Luna (Russia/USSR) Luna (Russia/USSR)
Luna (on other than Luna launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Luna (Russia/USSR)
AbkhaziaUnknown i Latin (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i) with Latin text2008"Luna-15"
AbkhaziaUnknown i Cyrillic (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i) with Cyrillic text
AbkhaziaUnknown ii Latin (Mi?)One of imperforate MS9 (a-i) with Latin text
AbkhaziaUnknown ii Cyrillic (Mi?)One of imperforate MS9 (a-i) with Cyrillic text
Afghanistan1068 (Mi1334)1984"Luna-1"
Afghanistan1069 (Mi1335)"Luna-2"
Afghanistan1070 (Mi1336)"Luna-3"
AjmanMi261A
Mi261B

Imperforate
1968"Luna-9"
AjmanMi263A
Mi263B

Imperforate
"Lunik 3" (Luna-3)
AjmanMi265A
Mi265B

Imperforate
(smoothed) "Luna-10"
AjmanMi260A+Mi263A-266A fdcTwo of five stamps on FDC(As above)
AjmanMi1216A
Mi1216B

Imperforate
1971"Luna-16"
AjmanMi1216 ssSS1 (Mi1216)
AjmanMi1217A
Mi1217B

Imperforate
"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1"
AjmanMi1217 ssSS1 (Mi1217)
AjmanMi1218A
Mi1218B

Imperforate
"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
AjmanMi1218 ssSS1 (Mi1218)
AjmanMi1219A
Mi1219B

Imperforate
"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1"
AjmanMi1219 ssSS1 (Mi1219)
AjmanMi1217_ss+Mi1219-1220_ss fdcTwo of three SS1 on FDC(As above)
AjmanBL328A
BL328B
In (lower-right) margin of SS1 (Mi1221A)
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi1221B)
"Luna-16"
Albania623 (Mi663)
i623

Imperforate with changed color
1962Luna-1 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket); see also Hungary C236
Albania624 (Mi664)
i624

Imperforate with changed color
Luna-3 viewing the far side of the Moon on 7 October 1959 (date printed in text)
Albania621-624 fdcTwo of four stamps on FDC(As above)
Albania624a (BL9)
624b (BL10)
In (upper and center-right) margins of SS1
In (upper and center-right) margin of imperforate SS1 with changed colors
Luna-1 (fantasy image of launch rocket, in upper margin), Luna-3 (in center-right margin)
AlbaniaC68 (Mi779)1963Luna-1 (launch date in text)
AlbaniaC69 (Mi780)Luna-2 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket)
AlbaniaC70 (Mi781)Luna-3 photographing far side of Moon (launch date is 1959-10-04, not 1959-11-04 as in text)
AlbaniaC68-C72 fdcThree of five stamps on FDC(As above)
AlbaniaC73 (Mi857)C68 overprinted1964Luna-1 (launch date in text)
Albania941 (Mi1067)1966Luna-10 (landing date in text)
Albania942 (Mi1068)
Albania943 (Mi1069)
Albania944 (Mi1070)
Altai RepublicLocal1Overprint on 4x Russia 57231 (Mi5894), from strip of 51996?"Luna-1"
Altai RepublicLocal2"Luna-12"
Altai RepublicLocal1Overprint on 4x Russia 6069 (Mi253), from strip of 5"Luna-1"
Altai RepublicLocal2"Luna-12"
Antigua and Barbuda1313t (Mi1387)One of MS20 (1313 (a-t)) (Mi1368-1387)1990"Lunokhod"-1/2
Antigua and Barbuda2243a (Mi2922)
i2243a
One of MS6 (2243 (a-f)) (Mi2922-2927)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2243 (a-f))
1999"Luna-2"
Antigua and Barbuda2244b (Mi2929)
i2244b
One of MS6 (2244 (a-f)) (Mi2928-2933)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2244 (a-f))
"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
Antigua and Barbuda2360d (Mi3184)One of MS6 (2360 (a-f)) (Mi3181-3186)2000"Luna-1"
Antigua and Barbuda2923 (Mi4390-4393)MS4 (2923 (a-d))2000"Luna-9"
Antigua and BarbudaUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2016"Luna-3"
AustriaNoneCinderella on card1979Luna-3
Barbuda1140t (Mi1256)One of MS20 (1140 (a-t)) (Mi1237-1256), Antigua and Barbuda 1313t overprinted in silver1990"Lunokhod"-1/2
Barbuda1790a (Mi2382)One of MS6 (1790 (a-f)) (Mi2382-2387), Antigua and Barbuda 2243a overprinted2000"Luna-2"
Barbuda1791b (Mi2399)One of MS6 (1791 (a-f)) (Mi2388-2393), Antigua and Barbuda 2244b overprinted"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
Benin468 (Mi223)1980Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
BeninC290 (Mi224)
BeninC305 (Mi312)C290 overprinted and surcharged1983Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS3 (a-c)
One of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2016"Luna-3"
BeninUnknown fdcMS3 and cachet on FDC
Bequia395 (Mi511-516)MS6 (395 (a-f))200640th anniv. "Luna-9" (various configurations, also lunar landing date in text)
Bhutan127 (Mi436)1971Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
Bhutan127B (Mi438)
Bhutan127Cd (BL46)MS4 (127-127C) (Mi436-439)
Bhutan127-127A fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Bhutan1290 (Mi2119-2124)One stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS6 (1290 (a-f))2000"Luna-3" (on stamp 'a'), "Luna-9" (in lower-left margin)
BulgariaC77 (Mi1100)
iC77

Imperforate
1959Luna-1 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket); see also Hungary C237
BulgariaC77 fdc1Stamp and cachet (design similar to stamp) on FDC
BulgariaC77 fdc2Stamp on FDC
Bulgaria1093 (Mi1152)
i1093

Imperforate
1960Luna-3 trajectory (launch date in text)
Bulgaria1093 fdcStamp and cachet (design similar to stamp) on FDC
Bulgaria1093+i1093 fdcPerforate and imperforate stamps and cachet (same, design similar to stamp) on FDC
BulgariaC79 (Mi1163)1960Luna-2 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket), also pennant segment2 (in FDC cachet)
BulgariaC79 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Bulgaria1278 (Mi1388)1963"Luna-4" (and by launch dates in text); also Luna-1 (ball), Luna-2, Luna-3, and propaganda satellite (on last stamp)
Bulgaria1279 (Mi1389)
Bulgaria1280 (Mi1390)
Bulgaria1278-1280 fdcThree stamps on FDC
Bulgaria1501 (BL17)Imperforate SS11966"Luna-9" (soft landing on Moon)
Bulgaria1634 (Mi1762)1967"Luna-13" (also landing date in text)
Bulgaria1632-1634 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
BulgariaB38 (BL32)Imperforate SS11971Luna-3, Luna-10 (cruise configuration), Luna-16
BulgariaC120_op green (BL40 (Mi2240))Imperforate SS1 C120 (BL25 (Mi1912) from 1969) overprinted in green1973Luna-1/2 type
BulgariaC120_op grey (BL41 (Mi2241))Imperforate SS1 C120 (BL25 (Mi1912) from 1969) overprinted in grey
Bulgaria1911 (BL29)Imperforate SS11974Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1" (also landing date in text)
Bulgaria1912 (BL28)Imperforate SS1"Luna-16" (also launch and landing dates in text)
BulgariaC159 (BL147)On stamp and in (upper-right) margin of SS11984"Luna-1", "Luna-2" pennant sphere2, "Luna-3", Lunokhod (in upper-right margin)
Bulgaria3295 (BL174)In (right) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b))1987"Luna-16"
Bulgaria3295 purpleIn (right) margin of MS2 (3295 (a-b)) with purple margins
Bulgaria3295 purple fdcMS2 with purple margins on FDC
BulgariaUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-right) margin of SS12016"Luna-2" (in Cyrillic text and depicted, also launch date in text)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdcCachet (same design as Czechoslovakia 1876) on FDC1995Lunokhod-1/2
Buriatia RepublicLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 45191 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template1995Luna-16
Buriatia RepublicLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Buriatia RepublicLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6066A (Mi262), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Buriatia RepublicLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6067A (Mi252), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc1Overprint on 4x Russia 4519 and 4x Russia 5984 on FDC1995(As above for stamps)
Buriatia RepublicLocal fdc2Overprint on 4x Russia 6066A and 4x Russia 6067A on FDC(As above for stamps)
Burundi128 (Mi169A)
i128 (Mi169B)

Imperforate
1965Luna-3
Burundi126+128-129+133 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Burundii128-i130+i132 fdcOne of four imperforate stamps on FDC
Burundi133a (BL7A)
i133a (BL7B)
In (left) margin of MS2 (131+133)
In (left) margin of imperforate MS2 (i131+i133)
Burundi381 (Mi834A)
i381 (Mi834B)

Imperforate
1972Luna-1
Burundi384ae (MiC857A)
i384ae (MiC857B)
One of MS6 (384a (c-h)) overprinted (BL_A60A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i384a (c-h)) overprinted (BL_A60B)
BurundiC156c (Mi840A)
iC156c (Mi840B)
One of MS6 (C156 (a-f)) (BL58A)
One of imperforate MS6 (iC156 (a-f)) (BL58B)
Burundi1078d (Mi2429)One of MS4 (1078 (a-d)) (Mi2426-2429)2012Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
Cambodia480 (Mi560)1984"Luna-1"
Cambodia481 (Mi561)"Luna-2"
Cambodia482 (Mi562)"Luna-3"
Cambodia487 (BL136)In (upper-right) margin of SS1Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
Cambodia580 (Mi660)1985Lunokhod-1/2
Cambodia670 (Mi748)1986Luna-16
Cambodia671 (Mi749)Luna-3
Cambodia671+676 fdc (Mi749+754 fdc)One of two stamps on FDC(As above)
Cambodia783 (Mi861)1987Luna-1/2 type
Cambodia1102 (Mi1180)1990"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Cambodia1148 (Mi1226)1102 overprinted1991"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
CamerounC86 (Mi504)
iC86

Imperforate
1967"Luna-9"
CamerounC87 (Mi502)
iC87

Imperforate
"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
CamerounC87 proofSigned proof (black)
Central African RepublicC37 (Mi116)
iC37

Imperforate
1966"Luna-9"
Central African RepublicC37 fdcStamp and cancel and (Éditions So.Ge.Im.) cachet on FDC
Central African RepublicC38a (Mi116-118)On one of MS3 (C36-C38)
Central African RepublicC58 (Mi163)C37 overprinted1968"Luna-9"
Central African RepublicC58+C61 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Central African Republic152 (Mi253)1971"Lunokhod-1"
Central African RepublicMi3853One of MS4 (Mi3852-3855)2012"Luna-1"
Central African RepublicMi3852-3155_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Central African RepublicBL985On stamp (Mi3856) of SS1"Luna-3"
Central African RepublicBL985 fdcSS1 on FDC
ChadC140 (Mi598)1972"Luna-16"
ChadC141 (Mi599)"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
ChadC221 (Mi801)1977"Luna-21" / Lunokhod-2
Chad709c (Mi1513A)
i709c (Mi1513B)
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)
1997"Luna-20" (in selvedge text)
Chad855d (Mi1984)
i855d
One of MS6 (855 (a-f)) (Mi1981-1986)
One of imperforate MS6 (i855 (a-f))
2000"Luna-1"
China (People's Republic)425 (Mi453)1959Luna-1 (but no indication from text on stamp, fantasy image of launch rocket)
China (People's Republic)502 (Mi530)1960Luna-1/2 pennant segment2 and trajectory
China (People's Republic)503 (Mi531)Luna-3
China (People's Republic)502-503 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC, also back(As above for stamps)
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (lower-center) margin of SS1
In (lower-center) margin of imperforate SS1
2006"Lunar Rover" (Lunokhod-1/2)
Congo (Democratic Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Congo (People's Republic)580 (Mi805)1981"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
Congo (People's Republic)580 dsDeluxe sheet (580)
Congo RepublicC54 (Mi135)1967"Luna-2" (and "Ranger-6")
Congo RepublicC54-C55 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Congo RepublicUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2007Luna-15/16 or -18 or -20 type
Congo RepublicUnknown fdcMS4 on FDC
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2011"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1"
Congo (Republic)Unknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS12016"Lunokhod-1"
Cook Islands748 (BL136)On stamp of SS11976Luna-1/2 type
CubaC214 (Mi678)1960Luna-1/2 type
Cuba866 (Mi925)One of block of 5 (867a (863-867 + label)) (Mi923-927); or four of MS20 (867b (4x (863-867))) (Mi923-927)1964Luna-1/2 type; see also Cuba 2137
Cuba868 (Mi932)One of block of 5 (872a (868-872 + label)) (Mi928-932); or four of MS20 (872b (4x (868-872))) (Mi928-932)Luna-3
Cuba963 (Mi1025)1965Luna-3, Sputnik-1, and Sputnik-2
Cuba961-963 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Cuba963a (BL26)Imperforate SS1 (963)
Cuba963a fdcSS1 on FDC
Cuba963b (BL27)Imperforate SS1, 963a with changed colors and text
Cuba963b cover (Mi1025 cover)SS1 and cancel on cover1965Luna-3 (on stamp), Luna-1/2 type (in cancel)
Cuba965 (Mi1027)1965Luna-1/2 type
Cuba964-968 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Cuba1221 (Mi1291)1967Luna-10 (at upper-right)
Cuba1283 (Mi1352)1967"Lunik-III" (Luna-3)
Cuba1288 (Mi1357)"Luna-9"
Cuba1282-1283+1287-1288 fdcTwo of four stamps on FDC(As above)
Cuba1289 (Mi1358)"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Cuba1284-1286+1289 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC(As above)
Cuba1289a (BL30)One of simulated-perforation MS8 (1282-1289)
Cuba1289a fdcMS8 on FDC
Cuba1178 (Mi1248)1966Luna-1/2 type
Cuba1178a (BL29)On one of imperforate MS3 (1176-1178)
Cuba1514 (Mi1586)1970Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
Cuba1690 (Mi1764)1972"Lunojod vehiculo automotor lunar" (Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1, by landing date in text)
Cuba1687+1691 fdcCachet on FDCLuna-16
Cuba1790 (Mi1865)1973"Luna-1"
Cuba1791 (Mi1866)"Luna-16"
Cuba2133 (Mi2209)Stamp-on-stamp: Hungary 1216 (Mi1575)1977Luna-16 (on stamp), Luna-1 (launch date in text on stamp-on-stamp)
Cuba2137 (Mi2213)Stamp-on-stamp: Cuba 866 (Mi925)Luna-1/2 type (on stamp-on-stamp)
Cuba2184 (Mi2287)1978"Luna-24"
CubaC279 (Mi2291)"Lunajod-2" (Luna-21 / Lunokhod-2)
Cuba2183-2184+C279 fdcTwo of three stamps on FDC(As above)
Cuba2325 (Mi2474)1980Luna-1/2 type, Luna-10
Cuba2504 (Mi2653)1982Lunokhod-1/2
Cuba2699 (BL81)On stamp of SS11984"Luna-1" (also launch date in text)
Cuba2785 (Mi2939)1985"Lunajod-1" (Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1)
Czechoslovakia938 (Mi1152)1959Luna-2 (lunar impact date in text on stamp and cachet)
Czechoslovakia938 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Czechoslovakia1034 (Mi1255)1961Luna-1 (launch date in text)
Czechoslovakia1035 (Mi1256)Luna-3 (also launch date in text)
Czechoslovakia1035 maxiMaxicard
Czechoslovakia1423 (Mi1652)1966Fantasy drawing of a Soviet satellite. The stamp text, "far side of the Moon (1959-1965)", likely refers to Luna-3 (which photographed the far side of the Moon in 1959) and Zond-3 (which took photos of the far side of the Moon in 1965)
Czechoslovakia1425 (Mi1654)Luna-9/13 type
Czechoslovakia1423+1426 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC(As above for stamp)
Czechoslovakia1424-1425 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Czechoslovakia1458 (Mi1692)1967Luna-10 (cruise configuration, in lower left) (also Lunar Orbiter, in upper middle)
Czechoslovakia1876 (Mi2134)1973Lunokhod-1/2 (on stamp); Luna-15/16 or -18 or -20 type (on cancel)
Czechoslovakia1874-1876 cardFDC card (1874-1876)
DjiboutiC155 (Mi327)
iC155

Imperforate
198215th anniv. "Luna-9" (cruise configuration, on stamp); Lunokhod-1/2 (in lower-left margin of SS1); Luna-15/16 or -18 or -20 type (in upper-right margin of SS1)
DjiboutiC155-C157 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
DjiboutiC155a (BL56A)
iC155a (BL56B)
On stamp and in (upper-right and lower-left) margins of SS1 (C155)
On stamp and in (upper-right and lower-left) margins of imperforate SS1 (iC155)
DjiboutiUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010"Lunik-II" (Luna-2)
DjiboutiUnknown c proof
Unknown ic proof
One of MS9 proof (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 proof (a-i)
DjiboutiUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS9 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS9 proof on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown b (Mi?)On one of MS2 (a-b)2013Lunokhod-1/2
Dominica2237b (Mi2903)From MS6 (2237 (a-f)) (Mi2902-2907)2000"Luna-16"
Dominica2237e (Mi2906)"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Dominica2237 fdcMS6 on FDC(As above)
Dominica2579 (Mi3738-3741)MS4 (2579 (a-d))2006"Luna-9" (cruise configuration and lander)
Ecuador748C (Mi1993)1966"Lunik-III" (Luna-3)
Ecuador748Eg (BL14)
i748Eg (BL15)
On one of MS3 (748A+748C+748E) (Mi1991+1993+1995)
On one of imperforate MS3 (i748A+i748C+i748E), with changed background color
Ecuador758A (Mi13021966"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Ecuador758B (Mi1303)"Luna-9" (also launch and landing dates in text)
Ecuador758Ef (BL33)
i758Ef (BL34)
On one of MS3 (758-758A+758E)
Imperforate On one of imperforate MS3 (i758-i758A+i758E) with changed background color
"Luna-10" (cruise configuration); "April 4 1966, in lunar orbit"
Equatorial GuineaMi226One of MS2 (BL70 (Mi225-226)1973Lunokhod-1/2
Equatorial GuineaBL279In (upper-left and upper-right) margins of imperforate SS11978Luna-9/13 type (in upper-left margin), Luna-3 (in upper-right margin)
Equatorial GuineaMi1274A
Mi1274B

Imperforate
1978"Luna-9"
Estonia786 (Mi823)Stamp and selvedge from MS10 (786a (10x 786))2015Lunokhod toy (on selvedge)
FranceNoneMatchbox cover1960s"Luna-9"
FranceNoneCancel on cover1971Luna-1/2 type
FranceNoneCancel on cover1972Luna-1/2 type
FranceNone(Blue printed) cachet on cover1973Luna-10 (cruise configuration) (left-center); Luna-3 (right-center)
FujeiraMi73A
Mi73B

Imperforate
1966Luna-3
FujeiraMi70A-77A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
FujeiraMi152A
Mi152B
Mi73A overprinted new currency
Mi73B overprinted new currency
1967Luna-3
FujeiraMi345A
Mi345B
Mi73A overprinted "Apollo-8"
Mi73B overprinted "Apollo-8"
1969Luna-3
FujeiraMi345A inv o/p
Mi345B inv o/p
Mi73A inverted overprint "Apollo-8"
Mi73B inverted overprint "Apollo-8"
FujeiraMi341A-348A fdcOne of eight stamps on FDC
FujeiraMi623A
Mi623B

Imperforate
1971(smoothed) "Luna-10"
FujeiraMi743A
Mi743B
Mi623A overprinted in red
Mi623B overprinted in red
1971(smoothed) "Luna-10"
FujeiraMi742A-744A fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
FujeiraMi962A
Mi962B
One of MS20 (Mi957A-976A)
Imperforate
1972Luna-3
Gabon937g (Mi1440)
i937g
One of MS12 (937 (a-l)) (Mi1434-1445)
One of imperforate MS12 (i937 (a-l))
1999"Luna-16"
Gabon937 fdcMS12 on FDC
GabonUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (lower-left) margin of MS2 (a-b)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2007Lunokhod
GabonUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (lower) margin of SS1
In (lower) margin of imperforate SS1
2009Lunokhod-1/2
GabonUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
GabonUnknown ss o/p (BL? o/p)
Unknown iss o/p
In (lower) margin of SS1 overprinted in gold
In (lower) margin of imperforate SS1 overprinted in gold
GabonUnknown ss o/p fdc
Unknown iss o/p fdc
SS1 overprinted in gold on FDC
Imperforate SS1 overprinted in gold on FDC
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 45171 (Mi4494), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996?Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 45201 (Mi4497), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 57261 (Mi5897), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 57271 (Mi5898), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 57321 (Mi5903), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 57331 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 6061 (Mi225), from strip of 5, also overprint template
GagouziaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A (Mi268), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Gambia2174d (Mi3284)One of MS6 (2174 (a-f)) (Mi3281-3286)1999"Luna-9"
Gambia3051 (BL705)On stamp and in (right) margin of SS12006"Luna-9" (also landing date in right margin text)
Gambia3718 (Mi?)MS4 (3718 (a-d))2016Luna-10 (on stamp 'a'), Luna-1/2 type (on stamp 'b', not "Luna-10" as in text), Luna-9 orbiter (on stamp 'c'), Luna-3 (on stamp 'd'), Luna-9 lander (in left margin)
Gambia3718 proofSigned-proof MS4"Luna-2" (correctly identified on stamp 'b')
Gambia3718 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Gambia3719SS1"Luna-9"
Gambia3718a-d+3719 fdcFour stamps and SS1 and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Germany (East)454 (Mi721)1959Luna-2 (lunar impact date/time (Germany time) in text)
Germany (East)454 fdcStamp on FDC
Germany (East)634e (Mi930)From MS8 (634 (a-h)) (Mi926-933)1962"Lunik-I" (Luna-1, also launch date in text), "Lunik-II" (Luna-2, also launch date and lunar impact date/time (German time) in text)
Germany (East)634h (Mi933)"Lunik-III" (Luna-3, also launch date in text)
Germany (East)694 (Mi1021)1964Luna-1, Luna-2 (around/near the Moon)
Germany (East)819 (Mi1168)1966"Luna-9" (also Moon landing date in text)
Germany (East)819 fdcStamp on FDC
Germany (East)1264 (Mi1638)One of MS8 (1269a (1262-1269)) (Mi1636-1643)1971"Luna-10" (cruise configuration), "Luna-16" (also the date its re-entry capsule with a lunar soil sample touched down back on Earth)
Germany (East)1285 (Mi1659)1971Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
Germany (East)1285 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Germany (East)Local1~1975Luna-1/2 type
Germany (East)Local2Luna-3
Germany (East)Local3Luna-9/13 type
Germany (East)Local4Luna-15/16 or -18 or -20 type
Germany (West)NoneCachet (including reproduction of Russia 2728) on cover1963Luna-4 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket); also pennant segment2
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1964Luna-3
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1964(probable) Luna-1/2 type, Luna-3
Germany (West)NoneCachet on cover1965(probable) Luna-1/2 type, Luna-3
Germany (West)NoneIn (upper) margin of imperforate cinderella1977Luna-15/16 or -18 or -20 type
GermanyNoneMeter2003"Luna-16"
Ghana305 (Mi310)
i305
From MS12 (305b (12x 305))
Imperforate
1967"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Ghana305-307 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Ghana307a (BL26)On one stamp and in (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (305-307)
Ghana2568 (Mi3910-3913)MS4 (2568 (a-d))2007"Luna-9" (also landing date in left margin)
Grenada2956a (Mi4192)
i2956a proof
From MS6 (2956 (a-f)) (Mi4192-4197)
From imperforate MS6 (i2956 proof (a-f))
2000"Lunik-IV" (Luna-4)
Grenada2956c (Mi4194)
i2956c proof
"Luna-12"
Grenada2956d (Mi4195)
i2956d proof
"Luna-16"
Grenada Carriacou2634 (BL609)SS12006"Luna-9" (cruise configuration, also landing date in lower margin)
Guinea Republic401 (Mi324)1965Luna-2 (lunar impact date (Moscow time) in text); Luna-3 (also date of "first photographs of the far side of the Moon" which were taken by Luna-3)
Guinea Republic926 (Mi1027A)
i926 (Mi1027B)

Imperforate
1985"Lunik-1" (Luna-1)
Guinea Republic926a (BL137A)On stamp of SS1 (926)
Guinea Republic927 (Mi1028A)
i927 (Mi1028B)

Imperforate
"Lunik-2" (Luna-2)
Guinea Republic927a (BL138A)On stamp of SS1 (927)
Guinea Republic928 (Mi1029A)
i928 (Mi1029B)

Imperforate
"Lunik-3" (Luna-3)
Guinea Republic928a (BL139A)On stamp of SS1 (928)
Guinea Republic1257Bd (Mi1442A)
i1257Bd (Mi1442B)
From MS16 (1257B (d-s)) (Mi1442A-1457A)
From imperforate MS16 (i1257B (d-s)) (Mi1442B-1457B)
1993"Luna-3" (also launch date in text)
Guinea Republic1257Bf (Mi1444A)
i1257Bf (Mi1444B)
"Luna-9" (date in text, "31.4.66", is incorrect for the "soft landing on the Moon" (took place 3 Feb 1966) and for the launch (31 Jan 1966))
Guinea Republic1257Bn (Mi1452A)
i1257Bn (Mi1452B)
"Luna-16" (also launch date in text)
Guinea Republic1257Bo (Mi1453A)
i1257Bo (Mi1453B)
"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod" (Lunokhod-1, also launch date in text)
Guinea Republic1863k (Mi3570)One of MS12 (1863 (a-l)) (Mi3560-3571)2000Lunkhod-1 (by the 1970 year in the text)
Guinea RepublicBL1111In (upper-right) margin of SS12006
Guinea RepublicBL1111 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi7637One of MS6 (Mi7634-7639)2010"Luna-3"
Guinea RepublicMi7634-7639_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea-BissauBL683In (upper) margin of SS12009"Luna-1", "Luna-3"
Guyana2106i (Mi2635 gold)From MS25 (2106 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in gold1989"Luna-3" (and launch date in overprinted text)
Guyana2106t (Mi2646 gold)"Lunokhod-1" (also the date on which Lunokhod-1 began its second lunar day experimental programme on the Moon)
Guyana2106i_specimenFrom MS25 (2106_specimen (a-y)), 280 with both gold and specimen overprints ("specimen" overprint on MS25 does not touch 2106i)"Luna-3" (and launch date in overprinted text)
Guyana2106t_specimen"Lunokhod-1" (also the date on which Lunokhod-1 began its second lunar day experimental programme on the Moon)
Guyana2107i (Mi2635)From MS25 (2107 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in silver (Mi2627-2651)"Luna-3" (and launch date in overprinted text)
Guyana2107t (Mi2646)"Lunokhod-1" (also the date on which Lunokhod-1 began its second lunar day experimental programme on the Moon)
Guyana2107i specimenFrom MS25 (2107 specimen (a-y)), 280 with both silver and specimen overprints"Luna-3" (and launch date in overprinted text)
Guyana2107t specimen"Lunokhod-1" (also the date on which Lunokhod-1 began its second lunar day experimental programme on the Moon)
Guyana2873f (Mi4916)From MS9 (2873 (a-i)) (Mi4911-4919)1994"Luna-16"
Guyana2873g (Mi4917)"Lunokhod-1"
Guyana3925 (Mi7839-7844)MS6 (3925 (a-f))2006"Luna-9"
Haitim1316 (Mi unlisted)
im1316

Imperforate
1973Luna-9/13 type
Haitim1316 proofProof
Haitim1317 (Mi unlisted)
im1317

Imperforate
Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
Haitim1317 proofProof
Haitim1312+m1316-m1317 proofTwo of three proofs(As above)
Haitim1320 (Mi unlisted)
im1320

Imperforate
Lunokhod-1/2
Haitim1318-m1320 proofOne of three proofs
Haitim1375 (Mi unlisted)
im1375
m1316 overprinted
im1316 overprinted
1974Luna-9/13 type
Haitim1376 (Mi unlisted)
im1376
m1317 overprinted
im1317 overprinted
Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
Haitim1379 (Mi unlisted)
im1379
m1320 overprinted
im1320 overprinted
Lunokhod-1/2
Haitim1368-m1379 fdcTwo of 12 stamps on FDC(As above)
Hungary1216 (Mi1575)1959Luna-1 (launch date in text); see also Cuba 2133
Hungary1212+1216-1217 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Hungary1262 (Mi1626A)
i1262 (Mi1626B)
like 1216, overprinted in red
Imperforate
1959Luna-2 (lunar impact date and time (Hungary time) in text)
Hungary1262 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Hungary1262 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Hungary1262 fdc3Stamp on FDC (different)
Hungary1262 fdc4Stamp on FDC (different)
Hungary1262 fdc5Stamp on FDC (different)
Hungary1262a (Mi?)1262 without red overprint
HungaryC236 (Mi1907A)
iC236 (Mi1907B)
Stamp-on-stamp: Albania 623
Imperforate
1963Luna-1 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket)
HungaryC237 (Mi1908A)
iC237 (Mi1908B)
Stamp-on-stamp: Bulgaria C77
Imperforate
Luna-1 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket)
HungaryC243 (Mi1914A)
iC243 (Mi1914B)
Stamp-on-stamp: Mongolia 189
Imperforate
"Lunik 1959" (could be any of Luna-1, Luna-2, or Luna-3; fantasy image of launch rocket)
Hungary1562 (Mi1991A)
i1562 (Mi1991B)

Imperforate
1964Luna-3
Hungary1562+1565+1567-1568 fdc1One of four stamps on FDC
Hungary1562+1565+1567-1568 fdc2One of four stamps on FDC (different)
HungaryC258 (Mi2199A)
iC258 (Mi2199B)

Imperforate
1965Luna-3 depicted (but "Zond-3" and launch date in text)
Hungary1738 (Mi2218A)
i1738 (Mi2218B)

Imperforate
1966"Luna-9" (descent configuration, also landing date in text), see also Sharjah Mi994A and related items
Hungary1739 (Mi2219A)
i1739 (Mi2219B)

Imperforate
Luna-9 (also landing date in text)
Hungary1738-1739 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
HungaryCB30 (Mi2354)
iCB30
One of strip of 4 (CB30a (CB27-CB30))
One of imperforate strip of 4 (iCB30a (iCB27-iCB30))
1967"Luna-12"
HungaryCB30b (BL59)
iCB30b
One of MS4 (CB27-CB30)
One of imperforate MS4 (iCB27-iCB30)
HungaryC289 (Mi2549)
iC289

Imperforate
1969"Luna-1"
HungaryC291 (Mi2551)
iC291

Imperforate
"Luna-9"
HungaryC310 (Mi2642-2645)
iC310
MS4 (310 (a-d))
Imperforate MS4 (a-d)
1971"Luna-16" (also mission dates in text (from launch through return to Earth))
HungaryC310 fdcMS4 on FDC
HungaryC311 (Mi2654-2657)
iC311
MS4 (311 (a-d))
Imperforate MS4 (i311 (a-d))
"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1" (also launch and landing dates in text)
HungaryC356 (Mi3048)1975Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
HungaryC361 (BL111)
iC361
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
1975"Luna-2"
HungaryC373 (BL121A)
iC373 (BL121B)
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
1976"Lunohod" (Lunokhod-1/2)
HungaryC373 fdcSS1 on FDC
Hungary2501 (Mi3217A)
i2501 (Mi3217B)

Imperforate
1977"Luna-24"
Hungary2499+2501-2502 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Kazakhstan442 (Mi451)2004"Luna-3"
Kiribati973 (Mi1098)2009"Luna-16"
Kiribati973 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Korea (North)160 (Mi171)
i160

Imperforate
1959Luna-1
Korea (North)161 (Mi172)
i161

Imperforate
Korea (North)161 green
i161 green
Green paper
Imperforate on green paper
Korea (North)225 (Mi230)1960Luna-1/2 type (but Luna-3 launch date in text)
Korea (North)226 (Mi231)Luna-2 (date of lunar impact (Moscow time) in text)
Korea (North)704 (Mi709)
i704

Imperforate
1966Luna-9 lander
Korea (North)705 (Mi710)
i705

Imperforate
Luna-10
Korea (North)1305 (Mi1354)1975Lunokhod-1 (based on year [19]"71" in Korean text)
Korea (North)1451 (Mi1497A)
i1451 (Mi1497B)

Imperforate
1976Luna-3
Korea (North)1452 (BL24)On stamp of imperforate SS1Lunokhod-1/2
Korea (North)2432 (BL190)On stamp of SS11984Lunokhod-1/2
KyrgyzstanUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS2 (a-b)2016Luna-1
Laos577 (Mi766)1984Luna-1
Laos578 (Mi767)Luna-2
Laos579 (Mi768)Luna-3
Laos580 (Mi769)Luna-10
Laos581 (Mi770)Lunokhod-1/2
Laos582 (Mi771)Luna-9/13 type
Laos583 (Mi772)Luna-16
Laos577-579 fdcThree stamps on FDC(As above for stamps)
Laos580-583 fdcFour stamps on FDC
Laos703 (Mi908)1986Luna-3 (or Elektron-2/4 type ?)
Laos705 (Mi910)
i705

Imperforate
Luna-16 (same design as on Laos 787)
Laos786 (Mi993)
i786

Imperforate
1987Luna-1
Laos787 (Mi994)
i787

Imperforate
Luna-16 (but "Luna-3" in text); (same design as on Laos 705)
Liberia2631 (Mi5604-5609)MS6 (2631 (a-f))2009"Luna-9"
LiberiaC215 o/p (Mi? o/p)C215 overprinted in black2000"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2015Luna-1
Maldive Islands189 (Mi189)
i189

Imperforate
1966"Luna-9" (on Moon)
Maldive Islands191 (Mi191)
i191

Imperforate
Maldive Islands248 (Mi253)1968"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Maldive Islands251 (Mi256)
Maldive IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS12014"Luna-1"
MaliC108 (Mi245)C97 overprinted1970"Luna-16" (in overprinted text)
MaliC109 (Mi246)C98 overprinted
MaliC391 (Mi772)198010th anniv. Luna-17, "Lunokhod-1"
MaliC391 proofSigned proof (red)
Mali1036c (Mi2265)
i1036c
One of MS6 (1036 (a-d)) (Mi2263-2266)
One of imperforate MS6 (i1036 (a-d))
1999"Luna-16", Luna-21 / "Lunokhod-2"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Luna-2"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Luna-24"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left and lower-right) margins of MS3 (a-c)2013"Luna-3", "Luna-Glob"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Luna-1"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Lunokhod-1"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Luna-10"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
ManamaMi91A
Mi91B

Imperforate
1968"Luna-9"
ManamaMi87A-89A+Mi91A-92A fdc
Mi87B-89B+Mi91B-92B fdc
One of five stamps on FDC
One of five imperforate stamps on FDC
ManamaMi93A
Mi93B

Imperforate
"Luna-3"
ManamaMi95A
Mi95B

Imperforate
(smoothed) "Luna-10"
ManamaMi90A+Mi93A-96A fdc
Mi90B+Mi93B-96B fdc
Two of five stamps on FDC
Two of five imperforate stamps on FDC
(As above)
Mari ElLocal (800 value)Overprint on Russia 45171 (Mi4494)1994Luna-1
Mari ElLocal (1000 value)Luna-3
Marshall Islands345j (Mi259)One of MS25 (345 (a-y)) (Mi250-274)1989Luna-9 ("first soft landing on the Moon")
Marshall IslandsKM29$50. (silver coin)1989Luna-9 ("first soft landing on the Moon")
MauritaniaC124 (Mi443)1972"Luna-16"
MauritaniaC125 (Mi444)"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
Micronesia334c (Mi703)Six stamps of MS20 (334 (a-t)) (Mi701-720)1999"Luna-1"
Micronesia334d (Mi704)"Luna-3"
Micronesia334l (Mi712)"Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
Micronesia334m (Mi713)"Luna-9"
Micronesia334n (Mi714)Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1 (but "Luna-16" in text)
Micronesia334o (Mi715)Luna-16 (but "Luna-17" in text)
MoldovaUnknown ms (Mi?)MS8 (2x unknown (a-b) + label)2015"45th anniv. lunar landing of Lunokhod-1"
MoldovaUnknown ms (Mi?)MS12 (12x unknown)Luna-9 or Luna-13
Monaco608 (Mi801)1965"Lunik-III" (Luna-3)
Monaco608 fdcStamp and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
Mongolia189 (Mi178)1959"Lunik 1959" (could be any of Luna-1, Luna-2, or Luna-3; fantasy image of launch rocket); see also Hungary C243
Mongolia190 (Mi179)"Lunik 1959" (Luna-3 depicted)
Mongolia320 (Mi325)1963"Lunik-II" (Luna-2, also lunar impact date (UTC) in text)
Mongolia318-322 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Mongolia361 (Mi365)1964"Lunik" (Luna-3)
Mongolia366 (Mi370)"Luna-4" (in text, but propaganda-design satellite)
MongoliaC12 (BL12)Imperforate SS11966"Luna-10" (also date of entry into lunar orbit)
Mongolia444 (Mi457)1966"Luna-9" (also launch date in text)
Mongolia445 (Mi458)"Luna-12" (also launch date in text)
MongoliaC13 (BL19)SS11969"Lunik-2" (Luna-2)
Mongolia609 (Mi625)1971"Luna-16" (also launch and lunar landing dates in text)
Mongolia615a (Mi631)One of MS2 (615 (a-b)) (BL25)1971Lunokhod-1/2
Mongolia615 fdcMS2 on FDC
MongoliaC53 (Mi812)1973Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
MongoliaC91 (BL49)In (right) margin of SS11977"Lunokhod" (Lunokhod-1/2)
MongoliaC125 (Mi1267)1979"Luna-1", "Luna-2", "Luna-3" (also launch dates in text)
MongoliaC126 (Mi1268)Luna-21 / "Lunokhod-2" (also launch date in text)
Mongolia1478 (Mi1734)1985"Luna-9"
MozambiqueUnknown b (Mi7013)One of MS4 (a-d) (Mi7012-7015)2013"Lunokhod-1"
Nevis661 (Mi593)1991"Luna-3"
Nicaragua1347 (Mi2500)198425th anniv. "Luna-1"
Nicaragua1348 (Mi2501)25th anniv. "Luna-2"; also Luna-2 pennant segment2
Nicaragua1349 (Mi2502)25th anniv. "Luna-3"
Nicaragua1658 (Mi2820)1987"Luna"-10
NigerC141 (Mi267)C124 overprinted1970"Luna-16"
NigerC142 (Mi268)C126 overprinted
NigerC221 (Mi409)1992Luna-1/2 type
Niger967g (Mi1331A)
i967g (Mi1331B)
One of MS8 (967 (a-h + label)) (Mi1325-1332)
One of imperforate MS8 (i967)
1997"Luna-9"
NiueKM70$10. (silver coin)1992"Luna-9" (Moon landing)
Oman StateUnlisted c (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted ic
From MS8 (a-h)
From imperforate MS8 (a-h)
1974"Lunik-1" (Luna-1, launch configuration?)
Oman StateUnlisted g (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted ig
"Luna-1"
Oman StateUnlisted fdcMS8 on FDC(As above for stamps)
Oman StateUnlisted c o/p1 (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in silver (a-h)1998"Lunik-1" (Luna-1, launch configuration?)
Oman StateUnlisted g o/p1 (Mi unlisted)"Luna-1"
Oman StateUnlisted c o/p1 inv (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in silver inverted (a-h)"Lunik-1" (Luna-1, launch configuration?)
Oman StateUnlisted g o/p1 inv (Mi unlisted)"Luna-1"
Oman StateUnlisted c o/p2 (Mi unlisted)From MS8 overprinted in gold (a-h)"Lunik-1" (Luna-1, launch configuration?)
Oman StateUnlisted g o/p2 (Mi unlisted)"Luna-1"
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 45171 (Mi4494), from strip of 5, also overprint template1994Luna-1/2, Luna-10
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 45191 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 45211 (Mi4498), from strip of 5, also overprint template
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 57241 (Mi5895), from strip of 5, also overprint template
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 57321 (Mi5903), from strip of 5, also overprint template
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
OsetiaLocal (150 value)Cuba 2325 overprinted on 4x Russia 57331 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
OsetiaLocal (550 value)
OsetiaLocal (1000 value)
Poland876 (Mi1128)1959"Mechta" (Luna-1)
Poland877 (Mi1129)"Lunnik-II" (Luna-2)
Poland875-877 fdc
i875-i877 fdc
Two of three stamps on FDC
Two of three imperforate stamps on FDC
(As above)
Poland1181 (Mi1440)1963"Lunnik-2 Emblemat" (Luna-2 pennant2)
Poland1178+1181+1185 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Poland1182 (Mi1441)"Lunnik-3" (Luna-3)
Poland1182-1184 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Poland1294 (Mi1556)1964"Lunnik-III" (Luna-3)
Poland1473 (Mi1737)1966"Luna-9"
Poland1534 (Mi1795)1967"Luna-10" (cruise configuration, for smaller satellite in background)
Poland1771 (Mi2040)From MS8 (1771a (8x 1771 + 2 labels))1970"Luna-16"
Poland1729 (Mi1997)1970"Luna-13"
Poland1729 fdcStamp on FDC
Poland1729a (BL42)MS4 (4x 1729)
Poland1851 (Mi2122)From MS6 (1851a (6x 1851 + 2 labels)) (BL47)1971"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1", also Luna-17 lander (on one label)
Poland2367 (Mi2661)1979"Lunnik-2" (Luna-2, and "Ranger-7")
Poland2367 fdcStamp on FDC
Poland2369a (BL80)On one of MS5 (2365-2369 + label)
Qu'aiti State (South Arabia)Mi80A
Mi88B

Imperforate with changed colors
1966Luna-3
Qu'aiti State (South Arabia)Mi83A
Mi91B

Imperforate with changed colors
Qu'aiti State (South Arabia)Mi85A
Mi93B

Imperforate with changed colors
Qu'aiti State (South Arabia)Mi87A
Mi95B

Imperforate with changed colors
Qu'aiti State (South Arabia)BL3A
BL3B
MS2 (Mi80A+88A)
Imperforate MS2 (Mi88B+96B) with changed colors
RomaniaC58 (Mi1764)1959Luna-1 launch
RomaniaC70 (Mi1794)C58 overprinted in red1959(possible) Luna-2 launch (lunar impact date in overprinted text)
RomaniaC74 (Mi1825)1959Luna-3 photo of far side of Moon (date of photo in text)
RomaniaC75 (Mi1826)"Luna-3 trajectory" (in text, also launch date in text)
RomaniaC120 (Mi2087)Stamp-on-stamp: C73, C74, C751962(As above for Romania C74 and C75)
RomaniaC121 (Mi2088)Stamp-on-stamp: 1200 or 1201, C58, C88Luna-1 launch (on Romania C58)
RomaniaC119-C122 fdcTwo of four stamps on FDC(As above)
RomaniaC122a (BL53)Imperforate MS4 (C119-C122)), stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C56, C73, C74, C75, 1200 or 1201, C58, C88, C104, C109, C110
RomaniaC122a fdcMS4 on FDC
RomaniaC135 (Mi2143)1963"Luna-4" (in text, but propaganda-design satellite, launch date in text)
RomaniaC136 (Mi2144)Imperforate
RomaniaC135-C136 fdc (Mi2133-2134 fdc)Two stamps (perforated and imperforate) and cachet on FDC
Romania1847 (Mi2511)1966"Luna-9" lander (with arms open as if landed, but not yet on Moon)
RomaniaC181 (Mi2914)From pair (C182a (C181-C182)) (Mi2914-2915)1971"Luna-16"
RomaniaC182 (Mi2915)"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1"
RomaniaC182b (BL82)MS4 (2x (C181-C812) + 4 labels) (Mi2914-2915)"Luna-16", "Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1"
RomaniaNoneCachet on cover1983Luna-3
Romania5111 maxi (Mi6365 maxi)Annotated cachet on maxicard2009Landing sites for "Luna-16", "Luna-18", and "Luna-21 (Lunokhod-2)"
Russia (USSR)2187 (Mi2219)1959Luna-1 (launch date in text)
Russia (USSR)2188 (Mi2220)Luna-1 (launch date and other mission dates in text)
Russia (USSR)2259 (Mi2273)1959Luna-3 (launch date in text)
Russia (USSR)2266 (Mi2284)1959Luna-2 (date (Moscow time) of lunar impact)
Russia (USSR)2267 (Mi2285)
Russia (USSR)NoneCinderella1959(January launch of) Luna-1 (fantasy image of launch rocket)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda postcard back1959Luna-2 lunar impact (by design of card and printed month and year); also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)NoneCard (with Russia 2266-2267 stamps)1959Luna-2 lunar impact; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)NoneMedallion1959Luna-1; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)2309 (Mi2336)1960Luna-3 (date of far-side photos in text)
Russia (USSR)2310 (Mi2337)
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda postcard back~1960Luna-3
Russia (USSR)NonePropaganda postcard back (different)~1960Luna-3; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1960Luna-1 upper-stage
Russia (USSR)NoneQSL card back, also front1961Luna-3 (and a photo of the far side of the Moon taken by Luna-3 on 7 October 1959)
Russia (USSR)NoneCard (with Russia 2309-2310 stamps)1962Luna-3 (and a photo of the far side of the Moon taken by Luna-3 on 7 October 1959)
Russia (USSR)2728 (Mi2743A)
i2728 (Mi2743B)

Imperforate
1963Luna-4 (launch date in text, fantasy image of launch rocket); also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)2732b (Mi2748)From block of 6 (2732 (a-f)), or from MS30 (2732g (5x 2732))1963(small) Luna-3 (on path around Moon)
Russia (USSR)2732e (Mi2751)2732b changed colors ("10k" value in pink rather than white)
Russia (USSR)2831 (Mi2853)From strip of 6 (2835a (2830-2835)) (Mi2852-2857)1963Luna-2 trajectory; also pennant segment2 (in background), "1st pennant on the Moon" (in text)
Russia (USSR)2832 (Mi2854)Luna-3; "1st picture of the back side of the Moon" (in text)
Russia (USSR)2830-2831 fdcOne of two stamps and (two-color printed) cachet on FDC(As above for one stamp); Luna-1 and Luna-2 (satellites and trajectories, in cachet); pennant segment2 (in cachet)
Russia (USSR)2832-2833 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC(As above for stamp)
Russia (USSR)2930Ac (Mi2943)From MS6 (2930A (b-g)) (BL35, Mi2942-2947)1964Luna-2 pennant segment2 (also lunar impact date (Moscow time) in text)
Russia (USSR)2930Ad (Mi2944)Luna-3 (date of entry into lunar orbit, but text indicates date of first picture of far side of Moon)
Russia (USSR)3053 (Mi3076)1965Luna-1/2 type (and Echo-2)
Russia (USSR)3160 type1 (Mi3180 type1)2728 overprinted in silver, type 141966Luna-4 (fantasy image of launch rocket), and pennant segment2, "Luna-9" (and lunar landing date in overprinted text); (stamp details same as noted several lines above); a schematic pennant segment and the lunar landing date (in the FDC cancel)
Russia (USSR)3160 type2 (Mi3180 type2)2728 overprinted in silver, type 24
Russia (USSR)3160 type3 (Mi3180 type3)2728 overprinted in silver, type 34
Russia (USSR)3160 type4 (Mi3180 type4)2728 overprinted in silver, type 44
Russia (USSR)3160 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC
Russia (USSR)3160 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3192 (Mi3204)Imperforate1966"Luna-10"
Russia (USSR)3192 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on stamped envelope
Russia (USSR)3193 (Mi3205)1966(Probably) Luna-10 (due to design very similar to Russia 3192)
Russia (USSR)3194 (Mi3206)
Russia (USSR)3225 (Mi3240)1966"Luna-10" (cruise configuration, and date of entry into lunar orbit)
Russia (USSR)3225 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)3258 (Mi3280)like 3471, but lithographed11966Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)3274 (Mi3296)From strip of 3 (3276a (3274-3276)) (Mi3296-3298)1966Luna-9 (launch date and lunar landing date in text)
Russia (USSR)3275 (Mi3297)"Luna-9" pennant segment2 (also Moon landing date in text)
Russia (USSR)3276 (Mi3298)"Luna-9" lander (also date of the first Luna-9 image transmission back to Earth)
Russia (USSR)3274 fdcStamp on FDC(As above)
Russia (USSR)3275-3276 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)3289 (Mi3311)1966"Luna-11" (on stamp, also date of entry into lunar orbit); Luna-10 and Luna-13 (in cachet)
Russia (USSR)3289 fdcStamp and (printed) cachet on FDC (green rubber-stamp cachet is like those found on known fake5 covers)
Russia (USSR)3288-3289 fdcOne of two stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back, also front1966Luna-9 lander (with arms open as if landed, but not yet on Moon)
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back (same), with two extra (Russia 3258) stamps and canceled in 19731966Luna-9 lander (with arms open as if landed, but not yet on Moon)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1966Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped (airmail) envelope1966Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope (different)1966Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)NoneExtra (Russia 3258) stamp(s) and cachet on (airmail) stamped envelope (different), also (airmail) stamped envelope unused1966"Luna-9" lander
Russia (USSR)NoneExtra (Russia 3276) stamp and cachet (same) on (airmail) stamped envelope, also (airmail) stamped envelope unused1966"Luna-9" lander
Russia (USSR)NoneExtra (Russia 3276) stamp and cachet (same) on (airmail) stamped envelope, also (airmail) stamped envelope unused1966"Luna-9" lander
Russia (USSR)NoneExtra (Russia 3276) stamp and cachet on stamped envelope (different), also stamped envelope unused1966Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)None(Sevastopol club) cachet on cover1966Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)3318 (Mi3338)1967Luna-10
Russia (USSR)3382 (Mi3403)1967Luna-10
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1967Luna-9 lander (fantasy image with a cosmonaut on the Moon)
Russia (USSR)2830 cover (Mi2852 cover)Cancel and cachet on cover1968Space exhibition "To the Stars": Luna-10 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)2832 cover (Mi2854 cover)Cancel (same) and cachet (slightly different) on cover1968Space exhibition "To the Stars": Luna-10 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)3456+label (Mi3480+label)One of block of 3 (3458a (3456-3458 + 3 labels)) (Mi3480-3482)1968Luna-9 pennant segment2, and "3 II 66" date of Luna-9 soft landing on Moon (in text on label)
Russia (USSR)3471 (Mi3496)like 3258, but engraved11968Luna-9 lander
Russia (USSR)None1967 postcard with extra canceled Russia 32581968Luna-9 lander (fantasy image with a cosmonaut on the Moon)
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1969"Luna-10"
Russia (USSR)3798 (Mi3838)1970"Luna-16" (also dates of launch and capsule re-entry in text)
Russia (USSR)3799 (Mi3839)
Russia (USSR)3800 (Mi3840)
Russia (USSR)3801 (BL66)MS3 (3801 (a-c))"Luna-16" (also dates of launch and capsule re-entry in surrounding margin text); also pennant segment2 (on 3rd stamp)
Russia (USSR)None(Russia 3800) stamp and cachet on (airmail) stamped envelope1970"Luna-16"; the 12th is the launch date, the 24th is the capsule re-entry date (similar to the text in the stamp)
Russia (USSR)3834 (Mi3857)1971"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
Russia (USSR)3834 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)3834 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3835 (Mi3858)Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
Russia (USSR)3835 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3836 (Mi3859)
Russia (USSR)3836 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)3837 (Mi3860)Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)3837 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)3837 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamp): "Luna-17" (in cancel); "Lunokhod-1" (in cachet)
Russia (USSR)3837a (BL68)MS4 (like 3834-3837, but smaller) (Mi3861-3864)"Luna-17" / "Lunokhod-1" (also landing date in surrounding margin text)
Russia (USSR)3837a fdcMS4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope, also back1971"Luna-9"
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1971Luna-16
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1971Luna-9 (descending to Moon)
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1971Lunokhod-1 on Moon
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1971Luna-16 soil sample return capsule launch from Moon
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1971Luna-16 replica at Kosmos Pavilion in Moscow
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet from un-stamped envelope1971"Luna-16"
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet from un-stamped envelope1971"Luna-3"
Russia (USSR)4010 (Mi4046)From MS6 (4010a (6x 4010))1972Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1 (based on maxicard illustration); also also pennant segment2 (in maxicard cachet)
Russia (USSR)4010 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope, also same envelope unused1972"Luna-16" capsule returning to Earth (launch date and capsule return date in cachet)
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1972"Luna-20"; also pennant segment2, same as on Upper Volta C249
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1972Luna-17 and Lunokhod-1 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)None1967 postcard with extra canceled Russia 32751972Luna-9 lander (fantasy image with a cosmonaut on the Moon)
Russia (USSR)4071 (Mi4107)1973Luna-21 / "Lunokhod-2" (lander and descent configuration)
Russia (USSR)4071 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)4072 (BL85)MS3 (4072 (a-c))"Luna-21" / "Lunokhod-2" (lander and descent configuration, also month of launch and lunar landing in text)
Russia (USSR)4072 fdcMS3 and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)4073 (BL86)MS3 (4073 (a-c))
Russia (USSR)4073 fdcMS3 and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1973"Luna-21" / "Lunokhod-2" (lander and descent configuration, also the month and year of launch and lunar landing)
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1975Lunokhod-2 on Moon
Russia (USSR)4531 (Mi4557)1976"Luna-24" (also month of mission in text), also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)4593 (Mi4653)1977Luna-16 (and Mars-2 and Venera-9/14 type); also "Luna-16" (in text on fdc2 back)
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC, also stamped envelope unused
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc2Stamp and (Fleetwood) cachet on FDC, also back
Russia (USSR)4593 fdc3Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Russia (USSR)4593 maxiMaxicard
Russia (USSR)4594 fdc (Mi4651 fdc)Cachet on FDCLuna-16
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1977Luna-16 (and Mars-2 and Venera-9/14 type)
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1982Luna-24 replica at Kosmos Pavilion in Moscow
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card1982Lunokhod; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)5296 (Mi5438)198425th anniv. "space TV" (implicitly: 25th anniv. "Luna-3")
Russia (USSR)5296 fdc1Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamp); Luna-3 (in cancel and cachet), Lunokhod-1/2 (and Mars and Venera-9/14 type), in cachet)
Russia (USSR)5296 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (different)(As above for stamp); (possible) Luna (cruise configuration, in cachet)
Russia (USSR)5355a (Mi5496)In (upper) margin of MS8 (8x 5355)1985Luna-16; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)4071 card (Mi4107 card)Card1987Luna-21 / "Lunokhod-2"
Russia (USSR)5547a (Mi5700)In (right) margin of MS8 (8x 5547)1987Luna-3
Russia (USSR)5744 (Mi5918)198930th anniv. Luna-1
Russia (USSR)5744 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)5833 (Mi6020)One of block of 4 (5836a (5833-5836)) (Mi6020-6023)1989Luna-16, (small) Lunokhod-1/2; also pennant segment2
Russia (USSR)5837 (BL210)On one of imperforate MS4 (5837 (a-d))
RussiaNoneMedallion199020th anniv. Luna-17 / "Lunokhod"-1
Russia6597j (Mi834)One of MS12 (6597 (a-l)) (Mi825-836)2000"Luna-3" (3 images)
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope200950th anniv. "Luna-2"
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope2010Luna-1/2 type
RussiaNoneCachet on postal card201455th anniv. "Luna-2"
RussiaNoneCachet on postal card2016"50th anniv. Luna-9 Moon landing" (in Russian text)
RussiaNoneCancel and cachet on postal card2016"50th anniv. Luna-9 Moon landing" (in Russian text)
RussiaNoneCancel and cachet on postal card2016"50th anniv. Luna-10 Moon landing" (in Russian text)
RussiaNoneCancel and cachet (with reproduction of 3225) on cover2016"50th anniv. Luna-10" (in Russian text)
RussiaUnknown (Mi?)From MS15 (15x unknown)2016Luna-17 and Lunokhod-1, descending to lunar surface
RussiaUnknown fdcStamp and cachet on FDC(As above for stamp); also "Luna-16" (in cachet)
RussiaUnknown folderMS15 folder with FDC(As above for stamps and FDC); also "Luna-9", "Luna-10", "Luna-16", "Luna-17", and "Lunokhod-1" (in text)
RussiaUnknown maxi1Maxicard, also back(As above for stamp); "50th anniv. Luna-9 Moon landing" (in cancel); "Luna-9" lander (in cachet); "Luna-9" in cruise configuration and Moon landing date "3 February 1966" (in maxicard back)
RussiaUnknown maxi2Maxicard (different), also back (same)"50th anniv. Luna-9 Moon landing" (in cancel); "Luna-9" in cruise configuration and Moon landing date "3 February 1966" (in maxicard back)
RwandaUnknown h (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010"Luna-2"
St. Kitts667 (Mi941-944)MS4 (667 (a-d))2007"Luna-9"
St. Kitts667 fdcMS4 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4137One of MS4 (Mi4135-4138)2009Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4135-4138_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
St. Vincent2700a (Mi4638)One of MS9 (2700 (a-i)) (Mi4638-4646)1999Luna-3 (but "Luna-9" in text)
St. Vincent2702b (Mi4648)One of MS9 (2702 (a-i)) (Mi4647-4655)"1970 Lunokhod Explorer" (Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1)
St. Vincent3526d (Mi?)One of MS4 (3526 (a-d)) (Mi?-?)2006"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
St. Vincent3644 (Mi6589-6592)
i3644
MS4 (3644 (a-d))
Imperforate MS4 (i3644 (a-d))
2008Luna-2 and pennant sphere2
St. Vincent3828a (Mi7077)
i3828a
On three stamps and in (lower-left) margin of MS4 (3828 (a-d)) (Mi7077-7080)
On three stamps and in (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (i3828 (a-d))
2012"Lunik-3" (Luna-3); "Luna-9" lander (in lower-left margin)
St. Vincent3828b (Mi7078)
i3828b
"Luna-10"; "Luna-9" lander (in lower-left margin)
St. Vincent3828c (Mi7079)
i3828c
"Lunik-2" (Luna-2); "Luna-9" lander (in lower-left margin)
St. Vincent3828 fdc
i3828 fdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
(As above for stamps); Luna-9 lander (in cachet)
St. Vincent3828a-d fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps); Luna-3 (in cachet)
St. Vincent3829a (Mi7081)
i3829a
On one stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS4 (3829 (a-d)) (Mi7081-7084)
On one stamp and in (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (i3829 (a-d))
"Lunik-9" (Luna-9); "Luna-9" lander (in lower-left margin)
St. Vincent3829 signedOn one stamp and in (lower-left) margin of signed designer-proof MS4
St. Vincent3829a designerOn one stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS4 (3829 designer-proof (a-d))Luna-9 (but "Lunik-3" in text of stamp); Luna-9 lander (in lower-left margin)
SharjahBL113A
BL113B
In (right) margin of SS1 (Mi993)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1
1972Luna-1/2 type
SharjahMi994A
Mi994B

Imperforate
1972"Luna-9" (descent configuration), see also Hungary 1738
SharjahMi995A
Mi995B

Imperforate
"Luna-9" (in text only)
SharjahMi996A
Mi996B

Imperforate
SharjahMi997A
Mi997B

Imperforate
SharjahMi998A
Mi998B

Imperforate
Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1; "Luna-9" (in text)
SharjahMi994B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi994B)"Luna-9" (descent configuration), see also Hungary 1738
SharjahMi995B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi995B)"Luna-9" (in text only)
SharjahMi996B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi996B)
SharjahMi997B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi997B)
SharjahMi998B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi998B)Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1; "Luna-9" (in text)
SharjahMi994B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi994B)"Luna-9" (descent configuration, on stamp); Luna-9 (various configurations, in surrounding margins); see also Hungary 1738
SharjahMi995B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi995B)"Luna-9" (various configurations, in surrounding margins)
SharjahMi996B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi996B)
SharjahMi997B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi997B)
SharjahMi998B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi998B)Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1 (on stamp); "Luna-9" (in text on stamp); Luna-9 (various configurations, in surrounding margins)
SharjahBL114A
BL114B
On stamp (Mi999A) of SS1
On stamp (Mi999B) of imperforate SS1
Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1 (on stamp); "Luna-9" (in text on stamp)
Sierra Leone1073h (Mi1246)One of MS9 (1073 (a-i)) (Mi1239-1247)1989"Luna-17" / Lunokhod-1
Sierra Leone1073h specimenOne of MS9 (1073 specimen (a-i)) overprinted "specimen"
Sierra Leone2870d (Mi4962)One of MS6 (2870 (a-f)) (Mi4959-4964)2006"Luna-9" (cruise configuration)
Sierra LeoneUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2016"50th anniversary" of "Luna-10"
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)MS4 (a-d)"50th anniversary" of "Luna-10" (cruise configuration)
SpainNone(Red) cachet on cover1962Luna-1/2 type
SpainNoneCachet on stamped envelope2013(future mission) "Luna-25"
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013(future mission) "Luna-26"
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013(future mission) "Luna-27"
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013(future mission) "Luna-28"
SpainNoneCachet (different) on stamped envelope (same)2013(future missions) "Luna-25", "Luna-26", "Luna-27", "Luna-28", "Luna-29"
Tanzania498 (Mi584)
i498

Imperforate
1989Luna-1/2 type (but "Luna-3" in text)
Tanzania499-500+502+505 fdcCachet on FDC
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 45191 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996Luna-3
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 2x Russia 45191 (Mi4496) and 2x Russia 4519 var2, from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6066A (Mi262), from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6067A (Mi252), from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 45191 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996Luna-9
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 2x Russia 45191 (Mi4496) and 2x Russia 4519 var2, from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6066A (Mi262), from strip of 5, also overprint template
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 6067A (Mi252), from strip of 5, also overprint template
Togo565_1st3 (Mi515Aa)
i565_1st3 (Mi515Ba)
One of strip of 2 (566a_1st (565-566)) (Mi515Aa-516Aa), or six of MS12 (566b_1st (6x (565-566))); each is 543 overprinted in red
One of imperforate strip of 2 (i566a_1st (i565-i566)) (Mi515Ba-516Ba), or six of imperforate MS12 (i566b_1st (6x (i565-i566))); each is i543 overprinted in red
1966"Luna-9" (in overprinted text)
Togo565_2nd3 (Mi515Ab)
i565_2nd3 (Mi515Bb)
One of strip of 2 (566a_2nd (565-566)) (Mi515Ab-516Ab), or six of MS12 (566b_2nd (6x (565-566))); each is 543 overprinted (differently) in red
One of imperforate strip of 2 (i566a_2nd (i565-i566)) (Mi515Bb-516Bb), or six of imperforate MS12 (i566b_2nd (6x (i565-i566))); each is i543 overprinted (differently) in red
Togo2031 (Mi3312)
i2031

Imperforate
2006"Luna-9"
TransnistiraLocal201545th anniv. Lunokhod-1
TransnistiraLocal fdcLocal stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
TransnistiraLocal msMS2 (a-b)45th anniv. "Luna-17" and "Lunokhod-1"
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 45205 (Mi4497), from strip of 5, also overprint template1997Luna-10 (cruise configuration)
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 57335 (Mi5904), from strip of 5, also overprint template
UdmurtiaLocalCambodia 1102 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 (Mi6177), from strip of 5, also overprint template
UdmurtiaLocal fdc1On strip of 5 on FDC
UdmurtiaLocal fdc2On two strips of 5 on FDC
Umm Al QiwainMi1071A
Mi1071B
One of MS16 (Mi1066A-1081A)
One of imperforate MS16 (Mi1066B-1081B)
1972Luna-3
Umm Al QiwainMi1071 dsDeluxe sheet (Mi1071)
Umm Al QiwainMi1087A
Mi1087B
One of MS16 (Mi1082A-1097A)
One of imperforate MS16 (Mi1082B-1097B)
Union Island (St. Vincent)309 (BL16)SS12006"Luna-9" (also lunar landing date in text)
United Nations256 fdc (Mi279 fdc)(Colorano silk) cachet on FDC1975Luna-3 (date of far-side photos in text) and Luna-10 (in reproductions of Russia 2309 and 3318, respectively)
United States1912 fdc (Mi1481 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front1981"The first man-made object ever to reach the Moon was launched in 1959" (refers either to Luna-1, launched 2 January 1959 and passed within 5995 km of the Moon's surface on 4 January; or to Luna-2, launched 12 September 1959 and crashed into the Moon on 14 September)
United States4143e cover (Mi? cover)(Printed) cachet on cover2007"Lunik-II" (Luna-2) and "Ranger-4" (both in text)
United States5058 fdc (Mi? fdc)(Bullfrog) cachet on FDC2016"The Soviet Union's Luna program was the first to reach the Moon with unmanned spacecraft in 1959" (this refers to Luna-1, which was meant to hit the Moon but instead flew by on 4 January 1959 at a distance of 5,995 km, and Luna-2, which became the first man-made object to touch another celestial body when it hit the Moon on 13 September 1959)
Upper VoltaC136 (Mi428)1973"Lunokhod" (Lunokhod-1/2)
Upper VoltaC249 (Mi723)1978"Luna-20"; also pennant segment2, same as on cachet of Russia stamped envelope (1972)
Uruguay1364d (Mi?)One of block of 4 (1364 (a-d))1991Luna-3
Vietnam (North)429 (Mi448)
i429

Imperforate
1966"Luna-9" (in Vietnamese text) cruise configuration
Vietnam (North)430 (Mi449)
i430

Imperforate
"Luna-9" (in Vietnamese text) lander
Vietnam (North)639 (Mi669A-670A)
i639 (Mi669B-670B)
Se-tenant pair (639 (a-b))
Imperforate se-tenant pair (i639 (a-b))
1971"Luna-16" (in Vietnamese text), also Luna-16 capsule returning to Earth (on 639a)
Vietnam (North)640 (Mi671A)
i640 (Mi671B)

Imperforate
Vietnam (North)641 (Mi672A)
i641 (Mi672B)

Imperforate
1971"Luna-17"
Vietnam (North)642 (Mi673A)
i642 (Mi673B)

Imperforate
"Luna-17"
Vietnam (North)643 (Mi674A)
i643 (Mi673B)

Imperforate
Luna-17 / "Lunokhod-1"
XhakasiaLocal fdc1Cancel (green) on FDC (strip of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984), also annotated1996Luna-9 (on Moon)
XhakasiaLocal fdc2Cancel (green) (same) on FDC (2 strips of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 4520 and 5733), also annotated
XhakasiaLocal fdc3Cancel (purple) (otherwise same) on FDC (2 strips of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 5984 and 6066A)
XhakasiaLocal fdc4Cancel (purple) (same) on FDC (2 strips of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 6068A and 4521 olive-color variation)
Yemen Arab Republic225 (Mi494A)
i225 (Mi494B)
217 overprinted in black and red, also overprint template1966"Luna-9" (on Moon)
Yemen Arab Republic225A (Mi495A)
i225A (Mi495B)
217A overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225B (Mi496A)
i225B (Mi496B)
217B overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225C (Mi497A)
i225C (Mi497B)
217C overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225D (Mi498A)
i225D (Mi498B)
217D overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225E (Mi499A)
i225E (Mi499B)
217E overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225F (Mi500A)
i225F (Mi500B)
217F overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225G (Mi501A)
i225G (Mi501B)
217G overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic225-225G fdcEight stamps on FDC
Yemen Arab Republic225H (BL49)Imperforate SS1 (Mi502), 217H overprinted in black and red, also overprint template
Yemen Arab Republic260B (Mi905A)
i260B (Mi905B)
260i (Mi912)
From MS12 (12x 260B)
From imperforate MS12 (12x i260B)
From imperforate MS12 (12x 260i) with changed colors
1969Luna-1/2 type
Yemen Arab Republic260D (Mi907A)
i260D (Mi907B)
260k (Mi914)
From MS12 (12x 260D)
From imperforate MS12 (12x i260D)
From imperforate MS12 (12x 260k) with changed colors
"Lunik-III" (Luna-3, also launch date for Luna-2 (not Luna-3) in text)
Yemen Arab Republic260E (Mi908A)
i260E (Mi908B)
260l (Mi915)
From MS12 (12x 260E)
From imperforate MS12 (12x i260E)
From imperforate MS12 (12x 260l) with changed colors
"Lunik-II" (Luna-2) pennant sphere2 (also launch date for Luna-2 in text)
Yemen Arab Republic261E (Mi926)
261l (Mi933)

Imperforate with changed colors
1969"Luna-10" (cruise configuration, also launch date in text)
Yemen (PDR)170 (Mi184)1976Luna-16
Yemen (PDR)172 (Mi186)Lunokhod-1/2
Yugoslavia872 (Mi1218)1967"Luna-9"

1See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.
2The word "pennant" usually refers to a tapering flag on a ship or, in North America, a flag identifying a sports championship or team. The word has, however, a particular meaning in the context of early Soviet lunar and planetary spacecraft, which carried small embossed and/or engraved highly durable titanium "plaques" with artwork (done in thermoresistant polysiloxane enamels) and information related to the Soviet Union (USSR) and to the mission. Those small plaques are referred to as "pennants". A few dozen of each type were minted, some of which were installed in the spacecraft, while others were given to VIPs and top scientists. The Luna-1 and Luna-2 pennants were unusual in that they were small spheres constructed of pentagonal pennant segments. Filled with liquid and an explosive charge, they were designed to explode on impact and scatter the pennant segments. Most of the Soviet Venera and Mars spacecraft also carried pennants. More information on Soviet spacecraft pennants can be found here.
3These stamps exist in two different printings. The second printing has brighter colors than the first. Also, in the second printing the red overprint text is shifted a little to the right compared with that of the first printing (a vertical shift may occur as well).
4There exist four versions of the overprint on this stamp, in which the position of the upper line varies slightly with respect to the lower line. The four versions are described here.
5Known fake cover, with a made-up Baikonur postmark, suspected to have been created by Boris Khoroshev from Moscow, and sold by a stamp dealer in Western Europe. There were no Baikonur Cosmodrome official postmarks until 1975 for the Apollo-Soyuz events. Reference the article written by Russian collector Oleg Vaisberg published as an Appendix called "Russian (Soviet) Space Covers" to Bruce Cranford's book Space Covers: Dictionary and Identifier. See also, an analysis of the situation in a book published in 2008 called Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 1957 to 1980. Another indicator on these fakes is the use of a "first day" cachet that appears on most, but not all, of these fakes.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Luna (Russia/USSR)
1959-01-02: Luna-1 / Mechta
Russia (USSR)1959-01-02/04/08Moscow(Russia 2160) stamp and (three-date) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverLuna-1 launch / closest approach to Moon / en route to heliocentric orbit
Russia (USSR)1959-01-02/04/08Moscow(Three-date) cancel on cover, also backLuna-1 launch / closest approach to Moon / en route to heliocentric orbit
Luna-1 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1960-01-02Kalinin(Russia 2188) stamp and (black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1st anniv. Luna-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1960-01-02Moscow(Russia 2187-2188) stamps and cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on cover1st anniv. Luna-1 launch; also pennant sphere3
Russia (USSR)1960-01-02Moscow(Russia 2188) stamp and cancel (same) and (multi-color printed) cachet on cover1st anniv. Luna-1 launch; also pennant sphere3
Russia (USSR)1960-01-02Moscow(Russia 2187) stamp and cancel (same) and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on cover1st anniv. Luna-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1960-01-02MoscowCancel (same) and (blue printed) cachet on cover1st anniv. Luna-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1961-01-02Vilnius(Printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover2nd anniv. Luna-1 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-01-02Baku(Blue and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover3rd anniv. Luna-1 launch
Romania1989-01-02PloestiCancel on postal card30th anniv. Luna-1 launch
Austria2009-01-02ViennaCancel50th anniv. Luna-1 launch
Germany2009-01-02MunichMeter50th anniv. Luna-1 launch
1959-09-12: Luna-2
No launch cover images available yet
Luna-2 (events)
Russia (USSR)1959-09-14Baku(Red and blue printed) cachet on coverLuna-2 lunar impact
Russia (USSR)1959-09-16Moscow(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLuna-2 lunar impact (1959-09-14)
Russia (USSR)1959-09-16?Moscow(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover (different)Luna-2 lunar impact (1959-09-14)
Russia (USSR)1959-09-16?Moscow(Black) cancel (design like red cachets above) and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverLuna-2 lunar impact (1959-09-14)
Russia (USSR)1959-09-16Moscow?(Two-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverLuna-2 lunar impact (1959-09-14)
Russia (USSR)1960-04-30Moscow(Russia 2310) stamp and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverseveral months after Luna-2 lunar impact (1959-09-14)
Luna-2 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1960-09-14Leningrad Post OfficeCancel and (printed) cachet on cover1st anniv. Luna-2 lunar impact; also Luna-2 pennant segment3 (in cancel and cachet)
1959-10-04: Luna-3
No launch cover images available yet
Luna-3 (events)
Russia (USSR)1959-10-18Kiev(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on stamped envelopeLuna-3 return to Earth orbit
Luna-3 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1960-10-04Leningrad?(Printed and rubber-stamp) cachets on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 launch
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Moscow(Russia 2309) stamp and (black) cancel (same design as stamp) and (printed) cachet (same design as stamp) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Moscow(Russia 2310) stamp and (black) cancel (same) and (printed) cachet (same design as stamp) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Moscow(Russia 2309) stamp and (red) cancel (same design as stamp) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Leningrad Post Office(Russia 2309) stamp and (black) cancel (same design as stamp) and (printed) cachet (same design as stamp) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Leningrad Post Office(Russia 2310) stamp and (black) cancel (same) and (printed) cachet (same) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Leningrad Post Office(Black) cancel (same) and (printed) cachet (same) on cover (different stamp)1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1960-10-07Kaliningrad(Russia 2309) stamp and (black) cancel (same design as stamp) on cover1st anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Russia (USSR)1962-10-04Liepaya?(Two-color printed) cachet on cover3rd anniv. Luna-3 launch
Romania1989-10-07BotosaniCancel and (printed) cachet on postal card30th anniv. Luna-3 view far side of Moon
Austria2009-10-04ViennaCancel50th anniv. Luna-3 launch
1963-04-02: Luna-4
Russia (USSR)1963-04-02Chelyabinsk Perevodi(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLuna-4 launch (fantasy image of launch rocket); also pennant segment3
Russia (USSR)1963-04-02Perm(Black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverLuna-4 launch (fantasy image of launch rocket)
Russia (USSR)1963-04-02Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Multi-color printed) cachet on (known fake2) coverLuna-4 launch
Luna-4 (events)
Russia (USSR)1963-04-06Vinnitsa(Russia 2728) stamp and (printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverEnd of mission (communication lost)
1965-05-09: Luna-5
Russia (USSR)1965-05-09 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (un-stamped) cover (AA no.62)1Luna-5 launch
Russia (USSR)1965-05-12 (from cachet)Tartu club(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets (different) on (un-stamped) cover (AA no.62)1Luna-5 lunar impact
1965-06-08: Luna-6
Russia (USSR)1965-06-08Tartu(Multi-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.64)1Luna-6 launch
Russia (USSR)1965-06-08Archangelsk(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLuna-6 launch
1965-10-04: Luna-7
Russia (USSR)1965-10-05Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.79)1Luna-7 launch
Luna-7 (events)
Russia (USSR)1965-10-08Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.79)1Luna-7 crash landing on the Moon
1965-12-03: Luna-8
Russia (USSR)1965-12-03Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Red and blue printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on (known fake2) coverLuna-8 launch
Russia (USSR)1965-12-04Tartu(Multi-color printed and red-orange rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.90)1Luna-8 launch
Luna-8 (events)
Russia (USSR)1965-12-07Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.90)1Luna-8 crash landing on the Moon
1966-01-31: Luna-9
Russia (USSR)1966-01-31Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.99)1Luna-9 launch
Luna-9 (events)
Russia1966-02-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and Tartu club brown rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.99)1Luna-9 landing on Moon
Russia1966-02-03Silute(Blue and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverLuna-9 landing on Moon
Russia1966-02-15Minsk(Minsk club) cancel and (printed and printed) cachet on cover12 days after Luna-9 landing on Moon (1966-02-03)
Russia1966-02-15MinskStamp (Russia 3160 type2) and (Minsk club) cancel on cover12 days after Luna-9 landing on Moon (1966-02-03)
Luna-9 (anniversaries)
Russia1966-05-03Kaliningrad(Kaliningrad club) cachet on cover3-month anniv. Luna-9 landing on Moon
Romania1991-02-03BotosaniCancel and (printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on postal card25th anniv. Luna-9 landing on Moon
1966-03-31: Luna-10
Russia (USSR)1966-04-01Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.107)1Luna-10 launch
Luna-10 (events)
Russia (USSR)1966-04-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.107)1Luna-10 lunar orbit insertion
Russia (USSR)1966-04-08MoscowCancel and (printed) cachet on cover5 days after Luna-10 entering into lunar orbit (1966-04-03)
Russia (USSR)1966-04-08MoscowCancel (same) and (printed) cachet on stamped envelope, with extra Russia 3192 stamp5 days after Luna-10 entering into lunar orbit (1966-04-03)
Russia (USSR)1966-04-09KievCancel and (printed) cachet on stamped envelope, with extra Russia 3192 stamp6 days after Luna-10 entering into lunar orbit (1966-04-03)
Luna-10 (anniversaries)
Romania2001-04-03PloestiCancel and (Clubul Filatelic Ploiesti) cachet on postal card35th anniv. Luna-10 entering into lunar orbit
1966-08-24: Luna-11
Russia (USSR)1966-08-24Tartu(Multi-color printed and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.123)1Luna-11 launch
Luna-11 (events)
Russia (USSR)1966-08-28Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.123)1Luna-11 lunar orbit insertion
1966-10-22: Luna-12
Russia (USSR)1966-10-23Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.127)1, also backLuna-12 launch
Luna-12 (events)
Russia (USSR)1966-10-25Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.127)1Luna-12 lunar orbit insertion
1966-12-21: Luna-13
Russia (USSR)1966-12-21Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.134)1Luna-13 launch
Luna-13 (events)
Russia (USSR)1966-12-24Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.134)1Luna-13 landing on Moon
1968-04-07: Luna-14
Russia (USSR)1968-04-08Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.204)1Luna-14 launch
Luna-14 (events)
Russia (USSR)1968-04-10Tartu(Multi-color printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.204)1Luna-14 lunar orbit insertion
1969-07-13: Luna-15
United States1969-07-13Colorado Springs CO(R.E. Nichol) cachet on cover, also backLuna-15 launch
Russia (USSR)1969-07-14Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.218)1Luna-15 launch
1970-09-12: Luna-16
Russia (USSR)1970-09-13Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.227)1Luna-16 launch
Luna-16 (events)
Russia (USSR)1970-09-20Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.227)1Luna-16 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1970-09-20Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.227)1Luna-16 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1970-09-22Tartu(Multi-color printed and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.227)1soil-sample capsule takes off from Moon (on 21 September)
Russia (USSR)1970-09-24Moscow(Black) cancel on coversoil-sample capsule landing back on Earth
Russia (USSR)1970-09-24Moscow(Red) cancel (otherwise same) on stamped envelopesoil-sample capsule landing back on Earth
Russia (USSR)1970-09-24Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.227)1soil-sample capsule landing back on Earth
1970-11-10: Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1
Russia (USSR)1970-11-11Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.229)1Luna-17 launch; also pennant segment3
Russia (USSR)1970-11-11Tartu(Multi-color printed and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.229)1Luna-17 launch; also pennant segment3
Luna-17 / Lunokhod-1 (events)
Russia (USSR)1970-11-17Tartu(Multi-color printed and brown rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.229)1Luna-17 landing and first pictures transmitted from the Moon; also pennant segment3
Russia (USSR)1971-10-04Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.229)1"Lunokhod"-1 "end of operations"; (distance traveled on Moon) "10,540 m" (in Estonian text); also pennant segment3
1971-09-02: Luna-18
Russia (USSR)1971-09-03Tartu(Multi-color printed and red-orange rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.239)1Luna-18 launch
Luna-18 (events)
Russia (USSR)1971-09-12Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.239)1Luna-18 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1971-09-12Tartu(Multi-color printed and green rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.239)1Luna-18 landing on Moon
1971-09-28: Luna-19
Russia (USSR)1971-09-29Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.240)1Luna-19 launch
1972-02-14: Luna-20
Russia (USSR)1972-02-14Baikonur Karaganda Oblast(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on (known fake2) coverLuna-20 launch
Russia (USSR)1972-02-14Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-20 launch
Luna-20 (events)
Russia (USSR)1972-02-21Moscow International PO(Swanson) cachet on coverLuna-20 soft landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1972-02-22Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.243)1Luna-20 soft landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1972-02-26Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.243)1soil-sample capsule landing back on Earth
1973-01-08: Luna-21 / Lunokhod-2
Russia (USSR)1973-01-08Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-21 launch
Russia (USSR)1973-01-09Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.251)1Luna-21 launch; also pennant segment3
Luna-21 / Lunokhod-2 (events)
Russia (USSR)1973-01-16Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-21 landing on Moon
Russia (USSR)1973-01-16Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.255)1Luna-21/"Lunokhod-2" landing on Moon and "Lunokhod-2" begin operations; also pennant segment3
Russia (USSR)1973-05-23Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.255)1"Lunokhod-2 end of operations"; (distance traveled on Moon) "37,000 m" (in Estonian text); also pennant segment3
1974-05-29: Luna-22
Russia (USSR)1974-05-29Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-22 launch
Luna-22 (events)
Russia (USSR)1974-06-02Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-22 enter orbit Moon
1974-10-28: Luna-23
Russia (USSR)1974-10-28Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-23 launch
Russia (USSR)1974-10-29Tartu(Multi-color printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.269)1Luna-23 launch
Luna-23 (events)
Russia (USSR)1974-11-06Moscow International PO(Anklam) cachet on coverLuna-23 landing on Moon
1976-08-09: Luna-24
Russia (USSR)1976-08-09Magadan(Printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverLuna-24 launch
Luna-24 (events)
Russia (USSR)1976-08-18Tartu(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover (AA no.283)1Luna-24 landing on Moon; also pennant segment3
Russia (USSR)1976-08-22Magadan(Printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on coverrecovery of soil-return capsule back on Earth
Luna (on other than Luna launch covers)
United States2002-07-10Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color) cachet (with reproductions of Albania 623 and Bulgaria C77 and China (People's Republic) 425) on Telstar-1 anniversary coverLuna-1 (by launch date in text on some stamps)
United States1985-03-12Lompoc CA, Vandenberg AFB(Magenta and black printed) cachet on Geosat-1 launch coverLunokhod-1/2

1AA no. = Tartuski Klub Kollektsionerov (TKK) [Tartu Collector Club] "Astronautika Annaalid" number. See Jim Reichman's Philatelic Study Report on Tartu Space Club Covers, 1962-1978, 2011. (e-mail: jgreichman (at) datawest.net). Also, no.62 is the correct number, even though it appears to be no.92!
2Known fake cover, with a made-up Baikonur postmark, suspected to have been created by Boris Khoroshev from Moscow, and sold by a stamp dealer in Western Europe. There were no Baikonur Cosmodrome official postmarks until 1975 for the Apollo-Soyuz events. Reference the article written by Russian collector Oleg Vaisberg published as an Appendix called "Russian (Soviet) Space Covers" to Bruce Cranford's book Space Covers: Dictionary and Identifier. See also, an analysis of the situation in a book published in 2008 called Commemorative Space Covers from Collector Clubs of the Soviet Union, 1957 to 1980. Another indicator on these fakes is the use of a "first day" cachet that appears on most, but not all, of these fakes.
3The word "pennant" usually refers to a tapering flag on a ship or, in North America, a flag identifying a sports championship or team. The word has, however, a particular meaning in the context of early Soviet lunar and planetary spacecraft, which carried small embossed and/or engraved highly durable titanium "plaques" with artwork (done in thermoresistant polysiloxane enamels) and information related to the Soviet Union (USSR) and to the mission. Those small plaques are referred to as "pennants". A few dozen of each type were minted, some of which were installed in the spacecraft, while others were given to VIPs and top scientists. The Luna-1 and Luna-2 pennants were unusual in that they were small spheres constructed of pentagonal pennant segments. Filled with liquid and an explosive charge, they were designed to explode on impact and scatter the pennant segments. Most of the Soviet Venera and Mars spacecraft also carried pennants. More information on Soviet spacecraft pennants can be found here.


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