Mars Polar Lander
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.
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
|Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
Below is a list of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).
|Country||Catalog Number||Type of Item||Year of Issue||Notes on Content|
|Mars Polar Lander (MPL)|
|Comoro Islands||Unknown b (Mi?)||One of MS6 (a-f)||2008||"Mars Polar" Lander|
|One of MS9 (936 (a-i)) (Mi1937-1945)|
From imperforate MS9 (i936 (a-i))
|One of MS9 (1076 (a-i)) (Mi1908-1916)|
One of imperforate MS9 (i1076 (a-i))
|Palau||501c (Mi1458)||From MS6 (501 (a-f)) (Mi1456-1461)||1999||"Mars Polar Lander"|
|Palau||501d (Mi1459)||"Deep Space-2"|
|Palau||504 (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).
|Country||Cancel Date||Cancel Location||Type of Item||Notes on Content|
|1999-01-03: Mars Polar Lander (MPL)|
|No launch cover images available yet|
|United States||1999-12-03||Pasadena CA||Cancel and (printed) cachet on cover||MPL and DS-2 contact lost|
|United States||1999-12-03||Pasadena CA||Cancel (same) and (JPL) cachet on cover||MPL and DS-2 contact lost|
|United States||1999-12-03||Pasadena CA||Cancel (same) and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover||MPL and DS-2 contact lost|
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