MESSENGER

MESSENGER
satellite

MESSENGER patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) satellite. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

MESSENGER is also known as Discovery-8, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites.

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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MESSENGER (on other than MESSENGER launch covers)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER)
Guinea RepublicMi4190Silver foil, from MS4 (4x Mi4190)2005"MESSENGER"
Guinea RepublicMi4192Gold foil, from MS4 (4x Mi4192)
Guinea RepublicBL901A
BL901B
SS1, silver foil
Imperforate SS1, silver foil
Guinea RepublicBL903A
BL903B
SS1, gold foil
Imperforate SS1, gold foil
Guinea RepublicBL905A
BL905B
MS2, silver foil
Imperforate MS2, silver foil
Guinea RepublicBL906A
BL906B
MS2, gold foil
Imperforate MS2, gold foil
Guinea RepublicBL966A
BL966B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2006"MESSENGER"
Guinea RepublicBL966A fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5859A-5864A_ms6
Mi5859B-5864B_ms6
MS6 (Mi5859A-5864A)
Imperforate MS6 (Mi5859B-5864B)
2008"MESSENGER" (except Mi5863 which shows "Mariner-10")
Guinea RepublicBL1583SS1
Guinea RepublicMi6514A
Mi6514B
One stamp and in (upper-right) margin of MS6 (Mi6512A-6517A)
Imperforate
2009"MESSENGER"
Guinea-BissauMi4545One of MS5 (Mi4545-4549)2010"MESSENGER"
Guinea-BissauMi4545-4549_ms5 fdcMS5 on FDC
Korea (North)4922 (BL758)In (upper-right) margin of SS1, also in (upper-left) of 4922a booklet front (4921 (a-c) + 4922_stamp + label) (Mi5596-5599 + label)2010
United States4528 (Mi4702)One of pair (4528a (4527-4528)), or 10 of MS20 (4528b (10x (4527-4528))) (Mi4701-4702)2011"MESSENGER"
United States4528 fdc1Stamp and (Lollini) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc2Stamp and (Lollini) cachet (same) on FDC
United States4528 fdc3Stamp and cancel and (Lollini) cachet (same) on FDC
United States4528 fdc4Stamp and cancel (same) and (CL Cachets) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc5Stamp and cancel (same) and (HL) cachet on FDC, also back
United States4528 fdc6Stamp and cancel (same) and (HL) cachet (different) on FDC, also back
United States4528 fdc7Stamp and cancel (different) and (Webcraft) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc8Stamp and cancel (same) and (Therome Cachets) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc9Stamp and cancel (same) and (printed) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4528 fdc10Stamp and (Bevil) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc11Stamp and (Fisher) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc12Stamp and (printed) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc13Stamp and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc14Stamp and (Graebner) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc15Stamp and (Colorano silk) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc16Stamp and (Webcraft) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc17Stamp and (Lollini) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc18Stamp and (Collins) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc19Stamp and (RES&C) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc20Stamp and (Art Kober) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc21Stamp and (Aquila Associates) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc22Stamp and (All Star) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc23Stamp and (All Star) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4528 fdc24Stamp and (All Star) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4528 fdc25Stamp and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc26Stamp and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4528 fdc27Stamp and (LMG) cachet on FDC
United States4528 fdc28Stamp and (LMG) cachet (different) on FDC
United States4527-4528 blockGutter block of 4 (2x (4527-4528))
United States4527-4528 fdc1One of two stamps on FDC
United States4527-4528 fdc2One of two stamps and (patch) cachet on FDC
United States4527-4528 fdc3One of two stamps and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United States4527-4528 fdc4One of two stamps and cancel and (patch) cachet on FDC
United States4527-4528 fdc5One of two stamps and cancel (same) and (?) cachet on FDC
United States4528a maxiMaxicard (4528a)
United StatesSP1796(USPS) souvenir page (4527-4528)
United StatesCP871(USPS) commemorative panel (4527-4528)
United States5069 fdc (Mi5243 fdc)(Webcraft) cachet on FDC2016"MESSENGER"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
2004-08-03: MESSENGER
No launch cover images available yet
MESSENGER (events)
United States2008-01-09Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on cover"Optical navigation images"
United States2009-09-29Southern MD(RES&C) cachet on coverMercury flyby
United States2009-09-29San Bernardino CA(Printed) cachet on coverMercury flyby
United States2009-09-29Southern MD(Johns Hopkins) cachet on coverMercury flyby
United States2011-03-17Laurel MD(Lollini) cachet on coverMercury orbit insertion
United States2011-03-17Ft. Irwin CA(RES&C) cachet on coverMercury orbit insertion
United States2011-03-29Kennedy Space Center FL(RES&C) cachet on coverfirst images from Mercury orbit
MESSENGER (on other than MESSENGER launch covers)
United States2015-07-14Corsicana TX(Danny Lee) cachet on New Horizons event cover"Messenger" (in text)


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