Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner

Mars rover
missions

MER lander-rover MSL Curiosity
Sojourner
Mars Pathfinder
 
Spirit and Opportunity
Mars Exploration Rover
(MER)
Curiosity
Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL)

This page contains (selected) philatelic information on three Mars rover missions. 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.

Unlike most of our web pages, no attempt is made to be complete in 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)
Mars rover
missions
Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner
Mars Pathfinder (on other than Mars Pathfinder launch covers)
Mars Exploration Rover (MER) / Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover (MER) / Spirit and Opportunity
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) / Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) / Curiosity


Below is a list of Mars rover mission postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

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CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
(Selected) philatelic items depicting or referring to Mars rover missions. No attempt is made to be complete.
Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner
Burundi1155d (Mi2723A)
i1155d (Mi2723B)
One of MS4 (1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720A-2723A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720B-2723B)
2012"Sojourner"
Comoro IslandsUnknown f (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2008"Sojourner"
Comoro IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS1Sojourner and landing pad
Gambia2177 (BL?)SS11999"Mars Pathfinder"
Guinea Republic1614 (Mi2686-2691)In (upper) margin of MS6 (1614 (a-f))1999"L'Éclaireur [i.e. Pathfinder] landed on Mars on 4 July 1997" (in French text, the landing pad is depicted)
Guinea RepublicMi5289Two stamps and in (upper, lower-left, and lower-right) margins of MS6 (Mi5289-5294)2007"Mars Pathfinder" (in upper margin text), landing pad (in lower-left margin), descent ramp for landing pad (in lower-right margin)
Guinea RepublicMi5294
Guinea RepublicMi5289-5294_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1480SS1"Mars Pathfinder" (in upper margin text, otherwise shown on stamp)
Guinea RepublicBL1480 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1481On stamp and in (lower-left) margin of SS1"Mars Pathfinder"
Guinea RepublicBL1482SS1"Mars Pathfinder" / "Sojourner" (name on stamp and in upper-margin, shown in lower-left margin)
Isle of Man (Great Britain)KM1010+KM1010a1 crown (copper-nickel and silver coins)1999"Mars Pathfinder"
Malagasy Republic1541f (Mi2510)One of MS6 (1541 (a-f)) (Mi2505-2510)2000
Mali917 (Mi1929?)In (left) margin of MS4 (917 (a-d))1997"Mars Pathfinder"
Mali917E (Mi1936?)MS4 (917E (f-i))
Mali936g (Mi1943)
i936g
From MS9 (936 (a-i)) (Mi1937-1945)
From imperforate MS9 (i936 (a-i))
1997
Mali936h (Mi1944)
i936h
Mali936i (Mi1945)
i936i
landing pad
Marshall Islands730l (Mi?)One of MS15 (730 (a-o))2000
Marshall Islands730l fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Micronesia344t (Mi740)One of MS20 (344 (a-t)) (Mi721-740)1999"Sojourner"
Nevis1186j (Mi?)One stamp and in (left) margin of MS17 (1186 (a-q + label))2000"Sojourner"
Nevis1186j specimenOne stamp overprinted "specimen" and in (left) margin of MS17 (1186 specimen (a-q + label))
Niger1076e (Mi1912A)
i1076e (Mi1912B)
One of MS9 (1076 (a-i)) (Mi1908-1916)
One of imperforate MS9 (i1076 (a-i))
2001Sojourner (on bottom)
Palau411 (BL46)SS11996"Mars Pathfinder Mission"
Palau411 fdcSS1 on FDC
RwandaUnknown i (Mi?)One of MS10 (a-j)2010"Sojourner"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685c (Mi3002)One of MS4 (1685 (a-d))2007"Mars [Pathfinder] Rover" (Sojourner)
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
United States3178 (BL39)
3178 back
SS1 (3178a)1997"Mars Pathfinder" / "Sojourner"
United States3178 fdcSS1 and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United States3178a fdc1Stamp from SS1 on FDC
United States3178a fdc2Stamp from SS1 and (Space Voyage) cachet on FDC
United States3178a fdc3Stamp from SS1 and (Colorano silk) cachet on FDC
United States3178a fdc4Stamp from SS1 and (Collins) cachet on FDC, also insert
United StatesSP1256(USPS) Souvenir page (3178)
United States3173 cover (Mi? cover)(Mars Pathfinder Station) cancel on cover1998"Mars Pathfinder"
United States3187d fdc1 (Mi3126 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1999"Mars [Pathfinder] Rover" (Sojourner)
United States3187d fdc2 (Mi3126 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3188c fdc1 (Mi3173 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC
United States3188c fdc2 (Mi3173 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3188c fdc3 (Mi3173 fdc3)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3189i fdc1 (Mi3233 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC
United States3189i fdc2 (Mi3233 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3188e fdc (Mi3175 fdc)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1999"Mars [Pathfinder] Rover / Sojourner"
United States3189i fdc (Mi3233 fdc)(Space Voyage) cachet on FDC1999
United States3190a fdc1 (Mi3243 fdc1)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC2000
United States3190a fdc2 (Mi3243 fdc2)(Space Voyage) cachet (same) on FDC (different cancel)
United States3190a fdc3 (Mi3243 fdc3)(Space Voyage) cachet (different color) on FDC
United States3191h fdc (Mi3295 fdc)(Space Voyage) cachet (same) on FDC2000
United States3191 (BL51, Mi3288-3302)
3191 back
In text on pane of 15 (3191 (a-o))2000"Mars Pathfinder" (Sojourner)
United States3191 fdcMS15 on FDC (ArtCraft cachet)
United StatesSP1259J
SP1259J back
(USPS) souvenir page (3191)
United StatesCP537J
CP537J back
(USPS) commemorative panel (3191)
United States5072 fdc (Mi5246 fdc)(Webcraft) cachet on FDC2016"Mars Pathfinder"
Mars Exploration Rover (MER) / Spirit and Opportunity
AustraliaKM1261$1. (aluminum-bronze coin)2009"Spirit" and "Opportunity"
AustriaKM320425 euro (silver-niobium coin)2011(on reverse)
Burundi1155a (Mi2720A)
i1155a (Mi2720B)
One of MS4 (1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720A-2723A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720B-2723B)
2012"Mars Exploration Rover"
Cayman Islands1045 (Mi1160)From MS6 (1047a (6x 1047)) (Mi1160-1163)2009"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
Comoro IslandsUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2008"Spirit"
Comoro IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS1"Mars" Exploration Rover
DjiboutiUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS2 (a-b)2013
DjiboutiUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2016"Mars [Exploration] Rover / Spirit"
Grenada3466 (Mi5487-5492)MS6 (3466 (a-f))2004"Mars Exploration Rover Mission"
Guinea Republic2226 (Mi4056)2003"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
Guinea Republic2226a (BL820)
i2226a
On stamp of SS1 (2226)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2226)
Guinea Republic2226a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2226b (Mi4056)
i2226b
MS4 (4x 2226)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2226)
Guinea Republic2226b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi4100A
Mi4100B
From MS3 (Mi4100A-4102A)
From imperforate MS3 (Mi4100B-4102B)
2004"Spirit"
Guinea RepublicMi4101A
Mi4101B
"Opportunity"
Guinea RepublicBL850A
BL850B
SS1
Imperforate SS1
"Spirit" (on stamp), "bras du robot Opportunity" (in upper-left margin); also that same depiction of Opportunity's robot arm (in the FDC cachet)
Guinea RepublicBL850A fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL851A
BL851B
On stamp and in (lower) margin of SS1
On stamp and in (lower) margin of imperforate SS1
"Opportunity"
Guinea RepublicBL851A fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1482On stamp of SS12007
Guinea RepublicBL1567In (upper) margin of SS12008"Spirit" and "Opportunity"
Guinea RepublicBL1567 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea-BissauUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2008
Guinea-BissauBL680In (lower-center) margin of SS1
GuyanaUnknown a (Mi?)From MS4 (a-d)2013"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
GuyanaUnknown b (Mi?)"Spirit"
Ivory CoastUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower) margin of MS4 (a-d)2012"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
From MS6 (a-f)
From imperforate MS6 (a-f)
2004
Malagasy RepublicUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
Malagasy RepublicUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2011"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-right) margin of SS12014
Maldive IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS12017"Spirit and Opportunity"
MozambiqueUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)2014
St. Kitts871c (Mi1374)One of MS4 (871 (a-d)) (Mi1372-1375)2014"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685b (Mi?)One of MS4 (1685 (a-d))2007"Mars [Exploration] Rover"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1685 fdcMS4 on FDC
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS12015"Spirit"
Somalia RepublicUnknown a (Mi?)From MS4 (a-d)2005Early-design MER
Somalia RepublicUnknown b (Mi?) MER
United StatesNone(Pasadena CA, Mission Management Station) cancel2003"Mars Exploration Rover-A"
United StatesNone(Pasadena CA, Mission Management Station) cancel2003"Mars Exploration Rover-B"
UnitedSatesNoneCachet on (un-canceled) cover200?"Spirit" and "Opportunity"
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) / Curiosity
BeninUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012MSL lander (not "Mars-1" as in text)
Burundi1155b (Mi2721A)
i1155b (Mi2721B)
One stamp and in (upper) margin of MS4 (1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720A-2723A)
One stamp and in (upper) margin of imperforate MS4 (i1155 (a-d)) (Mi2720B-2723B)
2012"Curiosity"
Burundi1174 (BL268A)
i1174 (BL268B)
SS1
Imperforate SS1
BurundiBL494A
BL494B
In (lower-left and lower-right) margins of MS2 (Mi3478A-3479A)
In (lower-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS2 (Mi3478B-3479B)
2014
BurundiBL497A
BL497B
In (right) margin of SS1 (Mi3479A)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi3479B)
"Curiosity"
CuracaoUnknown c+d (Mi?)From MS4 (a-d)2015"Mars lander" and "Curiosity"
Congo (Democratic Republic)Mi2191A
Mi2191B
One of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) vertical, or one of MS3 (Mi2191A-2193A) horizontal
One of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) vertical, or one of imperforate MS3 (Mi2191B-2193B) horizontal
2013"MSL" / "Curiosity"
Guinea RepublicMi9440-9442_ms3MS3 (Mi9440-9442)2012"Mars Science Laboratory" / "Curiosity"
Guinea RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)MS3 (a-c)2012"Mars Science Laboratory" / "Curiosity"
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
GuyanaUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2013"Curiosity"
GuyanaUnknown c (Mi?)One stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2013"Curiosity"
Kiribati969 (Mi?)2009"Mars Science Laboratory" / Curiosity
Kiribati969 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Kiribati969-973 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
Maldive IslandsUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"Curiosity"
Mozambique2707 (Mi6265-6270)MS6 (a-f)2012"Curiosity"
Mozambique2737 (BL705)SS1
Mozambique2737 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Niue814c (Mi1079)One of MS4 (814 (a-d)) (Mi1077-1080)2007"Mars Science Laboratory"
RwandaUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower) margin of MS4 (a-d)2012"Curiosity" descending to Mars
St. Kitts870 (Mi1368-1371)In (left) margin of MS4 (870 (a-d))2014"Curiosity" descending to Mars
St. Kitts871 (Mi1372-1375)In (left) margin of MS4 (871 (a-d))2014"Curiosity" hovering over Mars
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS12015"Curiosity"
Somalia RepublicUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2005
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage~2011"Curiosity"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2015"Mars Science Laboratory"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2015"Curiosity"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage (different)2015


Below is a list of Mars rover mission launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1996-12-03: Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner
United States1996-12-03Pasadena CA(Mission Operations Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner launch
United States1996-12-03Pasadena CA(Mission Operations Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet (different) on cover, also insert and insert backMars Pathfinder/Sojourner launch
United States1996-12-04Kennedy Space Center FL(Launch Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner launch
United States1996-12-04
1997-07-04
Kennedy Space Center FL
Pasadena CA
(Two) cancels and (Space Voyage) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner launch
Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
Mars Pathfinder / Sojourner (events)
United States1997-07-04Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
United States1997-07-04Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet (different) on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
United States1997-07-04Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (cyan printed) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
United States1997-07-04
1996-12-04
Pasadena CA
Kennedy Space Center FL
(Two) cancels and (Space Voyage) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner launch
United States1997-07-04
1997-07-04
Pasadena CA
Roswell NM
(One of two) cancels and (Space Voyage printed) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
Roswell UFO Encounter '97
United States1997-07-04
1997-07-04
Pasadena CA
Roswell NM
(One of two) cancels and (Space Voyage printed, with missing text) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
Roswell UFO Encounter '97
United States1997-07-04
1997-07-04
Pasadena CA
Roswell NM
(One of two) cancels and (Space Voyage sticker) cachet on coverMars Pathfinder/Sojourner landing
Roswell UFO Encounter '97
Mars Pathfinder (on other than Mars Pathfinder launch covers)
United States1999-06-19Pasadena, CA(Pictorial) cancel on QuikScat launch coverSojourner
United States1999-09-23Pasadena CA(Pictorial) cancel on MCO event coverSojourner
United States1999-12-18Pasadena CA(Pictorial) cancel on EOS-Terra launch coverSojourner
United States1999-12-20Pasadena CA(Pictorial) cancel on Acrimsat launch coverSojourner
United States2000-10-06Pasadena CA(Pictorial) cancel on Ulysses anniversary coverSojourner
United States2001-11-26
2002-01-05
Pasadena CA
Pasadena CA
(Pictorial) cancel on Cassini-Huygens event coverSojourner
United States2001-12-07Pasadena CA(Pictorial) cancel on Jason-1 and TIMED launch coverSojourner
Mars Exploration Rover (MER) / Spirit and Opportunity
2003-06-10: MER-A / Spirit
United States2003-06-10Pasadena CA(Mission Management Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMER-A/Spirit launch
MER-A / Spirit (events)
United States2004-01-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverMER-A/Spirit landing
United States2004-01-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMER-A/Spirit landing
United States2004-01-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverMER-A/Spirit landing
United States2004-01-03
2004-01-03
Pasadena CA
Pasadena CA
(Landing Station) cancel and (green printed) cachet on coverMER-A/Spirit landing
2003-07-07: MER-B / Opportunity
United States2003-07-07Pasadena CA(Mission Management Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity launch
United States2003-07-07Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity launch
MER-B / Opportunity (events)
United States2004-01-24Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (mission patch) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity landing
United States2004-01-24Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity landing
United States2004-01-24Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity landing
United States2004-01-24
2004-01-24
Pasadena CA
Pasadena CA
(Landing Station) cancel and (blue printed) cachet on coverMER-B/Opportunity landing
2011-11-26: Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) / Curiosity
United States2011-11-26Cape Canaveral FL(Lollini) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity launch
United States2011-11-26Pasadena CA(Mission to Mars) cancel and (Lollini) cachet (different) on coverMSL/Curiosity launch
United States2011-11-26Pasadena CA(Mission to Mars) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity launch
United States2011-11-26Pasadena CA(Mission to Mars) cancel and (printed, including mission patch) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity launch
United States2011-11-26Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity launch
MSL / Curiosity (events)
United States2012-08-05Pasadena CA(Arrival at Gale Crater) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity arrival at Gale Crater (landing)
United States2012-08-05Pasadena CA(Arrival at Gale Crater) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet (different) on coverMSL/Curiosity lands in Gale Crater (landing); also Mars-Pathfinder/"Sojourner", MER-A/"Spirit", and MER-B/"Opportunity" (in cachet)
United States2012-08-05Pasadena CA(Arrival at Gale Crater) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity lands in Gale Crater (landing)
United States2012-08-05Pasadena CA(Arrival at Gale Crater) cancel and (TC) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity lands in Gale Crater (landing)
United States2012-08-05Pasadena CA(Arrival at Gale Crater) cancel and (TC) cachet (and signature) on cover, and backMSL/Curiosity lands in Gale Crater (landing)
United States2014-06-03Pasadena CA(Printed, including mission patch) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity capture of Mercury crossing Sun
United States2014-06-24Pasadena CA(Printed, including mission patch) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity marking of one Mars year
United States2014-09-11Pasadena CA(Printed, including mission patch) cachet on coverMSL/Curiosity arrives at Mount Sharp


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