Magellan

Magellan
satellite

Magellan patch
satellitepatch

This page contains philatelic information on the Magellan 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.

Originally called the Venus Radar Mapper, Magellan was renamed after the sixteenth-century Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521).

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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Magellan
AbkhaziaMi348One of MS8 (Mi346-353 + label)1999(small) Magellan (in lower right)
Antigua and Barbuda2244d (Mi2931)
i2244d
One of MS6 (2244 (a-f)) (Mi2928-2933)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2244 (a-f))
1999"Magellan"
Barbuda1791d (Mi2391)One of MS6 (1791 (a-f)) (Mi2388-2393), Antigua and Barbuda 2244d overprinted2000"Magellan"
Bulgaria3625 (Mi3914)1991Shown with Space Shuttle "Atlantis"
ChadBL402A
BL402B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003Magellan (without solar panels or solar panels folded?)
Comoro Islands794 (Mi1000A)
i794 (Mi1000B)
More perforations than MS6 or SS11992"Magellan"; also Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521)
Comoro Islands794 from ms6
i794 from ms6
One of MS6 (795a (like 790-795)) (Mi996A-1001A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i795a (like i790-i795)) (Mi996B-1001B)
Comoro Islands794b (BL377A)
i794b (BL377B)
On stamp of SS1 (like 794)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (like i794)
Comoro Islands796E (Mi1084)794 overprinted1993"Magellan"; also Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521)
Comoro Islands804P (Mi1112)794 overprinted1993"Magellan"; also Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521)
Congo (Republic)923 (Mi1278A)
i923 (Mi1278B)
One of MS3 (924b (922-924)) (Mi1277A-1279A)
One of imperforate MS3 (i924b (i922-i924)) (Mi1277B-1279B)
1991"Magellan"
Congo (Republic)923a (BL74)SS1 (923)
Congo (Democratic Republic)BL178A
BL178B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003Also Ferdinand Magellan (1480 - 1521)
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS2 (a-b)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS2 (a-b)
2013
DjiboutiUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS2 on FDC
Imperforate MS2 on FDC
Grenada2824f (Mi3939)One of MS6 (2824 (a-f))1999"Magellan"
Guinea-BissauMi3186-3188 labelOne of six labels from MS3 (Mi3186-3188 + 6 labels)2005
Guyana2874f (Mi4925)
i2874f
One of MS9 (2874 (a-i)) (Mi4920-4928)
One of imperforate MS9 (i2874 (a-i))
1994"Magellan"
Malagasy Republic970 (Mi1249A)
i970 (Mi1249B)
One of MS6 (972b (967-972)) (Mi1246A-1251A)
One of imperforate MS6 (i972b (i967-i972)) (Mi1246B-1251B)
1990"Magellan"
Malagasy Republic970a (BL136)
i970a
On stamp and in (right) margin of SS1 (970)
On stamp and in (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i970)
Malagasy Republic1304A (Mi1799aA-1804aA)
i1304A (Mi1799aB-1804aB)
On one of MS6 (a-f), 972b overprinted in silver
On one of imperforate MS6, i972b overprinted in silver
1996"Magellan"
Malagasy Republic1304B (Mi1799bA-1804bA)
i1304B (Mi1799bB-1804bB)
On one of MS6 (a-f), 972b overprinted in gold
On one of imperforate MS6, i972b overprinted in gold
MordoviaLocal_bOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1998
MordoviaLocal_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
RwandaUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010"Magellan" (with booster attached and solar panels folded and one end in Space Shuttle cargo bay)
St. Vincent1476 (Mi1728)1991"Magellan"
St. Vincent1476 specimen1476 overprinted "specimen"
Sierra Leone1074f (Mi1262)One of MS9 (1074 (a-f)) (Mi1257-1265)1989"Magellan"
Sierra Leone1074f specimenOne of MS9 (1074 specimen (a-f))
Tanzania564 (BL106)In (upper-left) margin of SS11990Mis-spelled "Magellean" (in text)
Tanzania1324 (Mi2022)1994Shown with booster attached and solar panels folded
UkraineNoneCancel2005Shown with Space Shuttle
United StatesNone(Mercury-Venus Station, Cerritos CA) cancel on cover1991"Magellan" event?
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2014"Magellan" mission patch


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1989-05-04: Magellan (from STS-30R)
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Green and blue rubber-stamp) cachet (and signature) on (airmail) coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Green printed) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Mission patch) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Kennedy Space Center FL(STS mission patch) cachet on cover, also insertSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Pasadena CA(Blue and black printed) cachet (and signature) on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(Blue and red-brown and black rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Marianna FL(Green and red and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Viroqua WI(Red and blue and purple rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Southhampton NY(Brown and purple and blue rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Pasadena CA(Purple and magenta printed) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Magenta rubber-stamp and multi-color printed) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Black printed) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-04Cape Canaveral FL(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-30R launch; Magellan deployed
United States1989-05-05Houston TX(NASA photo) cachet on coverPossible image of thunderstorm tops as part of the MLE2 experiment conducted by this mission
United States1989-05-08Edwards AFB, CA(Colorano silk) cachet on coverSTS-30R landing
Magellan (events)
Romania1989-08-011Botosani(Printed) cachet on coverVenus orbit insertion
United States1990-08-10Houston TX(Colorano silk) cachet on coverVenus orbit insertion
Magellan (anniversaries)
United States2010-08-10Sagamore Beach MA(Coverscape) cachet on cover20th anniv. Venus orbit insertion (text incorrectly reads "landed on planet Venus", Magellan never landed on Venus)

1Cancel date has 1989-08-01, but Venus insertion took place on 1989-08-10!
2The Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE) was designed to obtain nighttime images of lightning in an attempt to better understand the effects of lightning discharges on each other, on nearby storm systems, on storm microbursts and wind patterns, and other interrelationships over an extremely large geographical area. The MLE employed payload bay color video cameras and a 35 mm handheld still picture camera to observe lightning discharges at night from active storms.


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