MPL

Mars Polar Lander
(MPL) satellite


This page contains philatelic information on the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) 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.

MPL was sent to Mars with a set of two space probes, named Deep Space-2 (DS-2). However, all contact with both MPL and DS-2 was lost after landing.

Despite the similar name, the mission of the Deep Space-1 (DS-1) satellite was very different from that of DS-2. DS-1 had a primary asteroid mission and a secondary cometary mission.

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)
MPL MPL MPL


Below is a list of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Mars Polar Lander (MPL)
Comoro IslandsUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2008"Mars Polar" Lander
Mali936d (Mi1940)
i936d
One of MS9 (936 (a-i)) (Mi1937-1945)
From imperforate MS9 (i936 (a-i))
1997(early-design) MPL
Niger1076d (Mi1911A)
i1076d (Mi1911B)
One of MS9 (1076 (a-i)) (Mi1908-1916)
One of imperforate MS9 (i1076 (a-i))
2001
Palau501c (Mi1458)From MS6 (501 (a-f)) (Mi1456-1461)1999"Mars Polar Lander"
Palau501d (Mi1459)"Deep Space-2"
Palau504 (BL85)SS1"Mars Polar Lander"


Below is a list of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1999-01-03: Mars Polar Lander (MPL)
No launch cover images available yet
MPL (events)
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CACancel and (printed) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CACancel (same) and (JPL) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CACancel (same) and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost


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