Lunar Orbiter

Lunar Orbiter (LO)
series satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Lunar Orbiter (LO) 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.

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)
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Lunar Orbiter (on other than Lunar Orbiter launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Lunar Orbiter (LO)
Bhutan1290c (Mi2121)One of MS6 (1290 (a-f)) (Mi2119-2124)2000"Lunar Orbiter"
Burundi379 (Mi832A)
i379 (Mi832B)

Imperforate
1972
Burundi384ac (MiA857A)
i384ac (MiA857B)
One of MS6 (384a (c-h)) overprinted (BL_A60A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i384a (c-h)) overprinted (BL_A60B)
BurundiC156a (Mi843A)
iC156a (Mi843B)
One of MS6 (C156 (a-f)) (BL58A)
One of imperforate MS6 (iC156 (a-f)) (BL58B)
Chad705c (Mi1489A)
i705c (Mi1489B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (705 (a-f)) (Mi1487A-1492A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i705 (a-f)) (Mi1487B-1492B)
1997"Lunar Orbiter" (in selvedge text)
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
2014"Lunar Orbiter-1"
Czechoslovakia1423+1426 fdc (Mi1652+1655 fdc)Cachet on FDC1966
Czechoslovakia1458 (Mi1692)1967Lunar Orbiter (in upper middle) (also Luna-10 (cruise configuration), in lower left)
DjiboutiUnknown f (Mi?)
Unknown if
One of MS9 (a-i)
One of imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2010Mis-spelled "Luna Orbiter" (in text)
DjiboutiUnknown f proof
Unknown if 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
Ecuador758E (Mi1306)1966"Lunar Orbiter-1"
Ecuador758Ef (BL33)
i758Ef (BL34)
On one of MS3 (758-758A+758E)
Imperforate On one of imperforate MS3 (i758-i758A+i758E), changed background color
Franklin Mint (USA)None(Silver) medallion, also reverse1970s"Lunar Orbiter-1"
Germany (West)NoneCancel1966
Ghana306 (Mi311)
i306
From MS12 (306b (12x 306))
Imperforate
1967"USA [Lunar] Orbiter-1"
Ghana305-307 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Ghana307a (BL26)On one of imperforate MS3 (305-307)
Grenada3725c (Mi6147)One of MS6 (3725 (a-f)) (Mi6145-6150)2009"Lunar Orbiter"
Guinea Republic1257Bh (Mi1446A)
i1257Bh (Mi1446B)
One of MS16 (1257B (d-s)) (Mi1442A-1457A)
One of imperforate MS16 (i1257B (d-s)) (Mi1442B-1457B)
1993"Lunar Orbiter-1"
Maldive Islands249 (Mi254)1968"Lunar Orbiter"
Maldive Islands253 (Mi258)
Maldive Islands254a (BL8)One of imperforate MS2 (253-254)
ManamaMi320A
Mi320B
Two of MS32 (2x (Mi306A-321A))
Two of imperforate MS32 (2x (Mi306B-321B))
1970Image of Copernicus crater from "Lunar Orbiter-11" (in text, likely meant to be Lunar Orbiter-2)
ManamaMi320 ssSS1 (Mi320)
Marshall Islands930g (Mi2354)One of MS10 (930 (a-j)) (Mi2348-2357)2008"Lunar Orbiter"
Sacha RepublicLocal fdcCachet on FDC1996
St. Vincent3829c (Mi7083)
i3829c
One of MS4 (3829 (a-d)) (Mi7081-7084)
One of imperforate MS4 (i3829 (a-d))
2012"Lunar Orbiter"
St. Vincent3829 signedOn one stamp of signed designer-proof MS4
St. Vincent3829c designerOn one stamp of MS4 (3829 designer-proof (a-d))
SpainNone(Printed) cachet on cover1984"Lunar Orbiter" (in text only)
SurinamB101 (Mi443)1964Atlas-Agena-B launch rocket used for Lunar Orbiter, but also Ranger and Mariner launches
SurinamB103 (Mi445)
SurinamB99-B103 fdcTwo of five stamps on FDC
TatarstanLocalOverprint on 4x Russia 45191 (Mi4496), from strip of 5, also overprint template1996Lunar Orbiter
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
Togo1125 (Mi1579)198115th anniv. "Lunar Orbiter-1"
Togo1123-1127 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
UdmurtiaUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS9 (a-i)2001"Lunar Orbiter"
UdmurtiaUnknown ims fdcImperforate MS9 on FDC
United StatesNone(Nebpex/Orbit Covers) cachet on cover1968"Lunar Orbiter"
United States1912 fdc (Mi1481 fdc)(PCS golden-replica) insert from FDC, also front1981"America's lunar orbiters" (in text only)
United States2570 fdc (Mi2185 fdc)(Koslow/Fleetwood) cachet on FDC1991"Lunar Orbiter" (in text only)
United States2571 (Mi2186)One of booklet pane of 10 (2577a (2568-2577)) (Mi2183-2192)1991"Lunar Orbiter"
United States2571 fdc1Stamp and (Steve Wilson Design) cachet on FDC
United States2571 fdc2Stamp and (Colorano silk) cachet on FDC
United States2571 fdc3Stamp and (Collins) cachet on FDC
United States2571 fdc4Stamp and (Koslow/Fleetwood) cachet on FDC
United States2571+2576 fdcOne of two stamps and (PCS) cachet on FDC
United States2571+2576 sc(PCS) FDC on Souvenir Card
United States2571 maxi(Unicover) maxicard, also back
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)
Yugoslavia872 (Mi1218)1967"Lunar Orbiter"

1See here for a list of engraved/lithographed Russian definitive pairs known to exist with satellite overprints.
2Note the slight color variation between the two 4519 (Mi4496) in the top row, versus the two Russia 4519 var in the bottom row.


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Lunar Orbiter (LO)
1966-08-10: Lunar Orbiter-1
United States1966-08-10Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert and insert variation (slightly different line lengths)Lunar Orbiter-1 launch
United States1966-08-10Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 launch
United States1966-08-10Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 launch
United States1966-08-10Patrick AFB, FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 launch
United States1966-08-10Cape Canaveral FL(Red printed) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 launch (mis-identified as "Lunar Orbiter II")
United States1966-08-10Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 launch
Lunar Orbiter-1 (events)
United States1966-08-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-1 orbits Moon
Lunar Orbiter-1 (anniversaries)
United States1981-08-10Kennedy Space Center FL(MoF no.98) cachet on cover15th anniv. Lunar Orbiter-1 launch
1966-11-06: Lunar Orbiter-2
United States1966-11-06Port Washington NY(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet (same) on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Patrick AFB, FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)Lunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)Lunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Cape Canaveral FL(Artopages) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
United States1966-11-07Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 launch
Lunar Orbiter-2 (events)
United States1966-11-10Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 enters lunar orbit
United States1966-11-11Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 Moon photo
United States1966-11-15Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 Moon photo
United States1966-12-28?(Green printed) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 unknown event; photo of Copernicus crater, taken 24 November 1966 (in cachet)
United States1967-01-18Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-2 unknown event; Moon photo (in cachet)
Lunar Orbiter-2 (anniversaries)
United States2014-11-18Corsicana TX(Danny Lee) cachet on cover48th anniv. LO-2 lunar photographic survey for Surveyor and Apollo landing sites
1967-02-05: Lunar Orbiter-3
United States1967-02-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Swanson/DuBeau? red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insertLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet (and signature) on cover, also insertLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch; also "LO-I" and "LO-II" (in text)
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on cover (different style and color address)Lunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-05Cape Canaveral FL(Swanson/DuBeau? purple rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch
United States1967-02-06Patrick AFB, FL(Sarzin?) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 launch
Lunar Orbiter-3 (events)
United States1967-02-08Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 orbits Moon
United States1967-02-08Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3 orbits Moon
United States1967-02-15Pasadena CA(Rank velvet) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-3: "Apollo site first photos"
1967-05-04: Lunar Orbiter-4
United States1967-05-04Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)Lunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert or insert variation (slightly different line lengths)Lunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Swanson/DuBeau? magenta rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 launch
United States1967-05-05Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 launch
Lunar Orbiter-4 (events)
Austria1967-05-08Krieglach(Typed and cinderella) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 orbit insertion
United States1967-05-08Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 orbit insertion
United States1967-05-08Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-4 orbit insertion
1967-08-01: Lunar Orbiter-5
United States1967-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2Lunar Orbiter-5 launch; also "Lunar Orbiter-1, 2, 3, 4, and 5" (in insert text)
United States1967-08-01Patrick AFB, FL(SpaceCraft/Swanson) cachet on cover, also insert1 and insert2Lunar Orbiter-5 launch; also "Lunar Orbiter-1, 2, 3, 4, and 5" (in insert text)
United States1967-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on cover (different style and color address)Lunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-01Kennedy Space Center FL(R. DuBeau blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-01Cape Canaveral FL(Black printed and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-02Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-02Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch
United States1967-08-02Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 launch; also "LO-1", "LO-2", "LO-3", and "LO-4" (in text)
Lunar Orbiter-5 (events)
United States1967-08-05Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 orbit insertion
United States1967-08-05Cape Canaveral FL(Astro Covers) cachet on coverLunar Orbiter-5 orbit insertion
Lunar Orbiter (on other than Lunar Orbiter launch covers)
United States1966-10-26Cape Canaveral FL (machine cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on Surveyor-SD4 launch cover
United States1966-10-26Cape Canaveral FL (hand cancel)(Orbit Covers) cachet on Surveyor-SD4 launch cover


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