Muses-A / Hiten

Muses-series
satellites

Muses-B / Haruka Muses-C / Hayabusa
Muses-A / HitenMuses-B / HarukaMuses-C / Hayabusa

This page contains philatelic information on the Muses-series satellites. 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.

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)
Muses (Japan) Muses (Japan) Muses (Japan)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Muses (Japan)
BurundiBL500A
BL500B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (Mi3480A)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi3480B)
2014"Hayabusa-2"
Central African RepublicMi3820One of MS4 (Mi3817-3820)2012Muses-C follow-on / "Hayabusa-2"
Central African RepublicMi3817-3120_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Central African RepublicBL978In (lower) margin of SS1
Central African RepublicBL978 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Gambia3050 (BL703)
i3050
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Muses-C" / "Hayabusa"
Guinea RepublicBL1109A
BL1109B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (Mi4523A)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4523B)
2006"sonde spatiale Hayabusa" (Muses-C)
Guinea RepublicBL1109A fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea-BissauMi4495A
Mi4495B
One of MS5 (Mi4492A-4496A)
One of imperforate MS5 (Mi4492B-4496B)
2009Muses-C / "Hayabusa"
Guinea-BissauMi4492A-4496A_ms5 fdcMS5 and cachet on FDC
Guyana3928 (Mi7845-7848)
i3928
On three and in (upper) margin of MS4 (3928 (a-d))
On three and in (upper) margin of imperforate MS4 (i3928 (a-d))
2006Muses-C / "Hayabusa"
Guyana3932 (BL?A)
i3932 (BL?B)
SS1
Imperforate SS1
Japan3017e (Mi4471)One of strip of 2 (3017e-f), or one of MS10 (3017 (a-j))2008Muses-C / Hayabusa
Japan3017a-3017j fdcOne of ten stamps on FDC
JapanUnlisted1Frame stamp, from MS102014Asteroid Itokawa, and a rocket symbolizing the Muses-C mission (Muses-C crash-landed on Itokawa but still managed to get back to Earth with a tiny amount of asteroid material)
JapanUnlisted2Frame stamp (different)
Japan2937a cover (Mi3898-3899 cover)Cancel and (JPS Stamp Club) cachet on cover2015Muses-C; also asteroid Itokawa in the two stamps reproduced in the cachet (Muses-C crash-landed on Itokawa but still managed to get back to Earth with a tiny amount of asteroid material)
JapanNonePrinted stamp and cancel and (JPS Stamp Club) cachet on stamped envelope, also cachet detail2015Muses-C; also asteroid Itokawa in the two stamps reproduced in the cachet (Muses-C crash-landed on Itokawa but still managed to get back to Earth with a tiny amount of asteroid material)
Japan3017e-f cover (Mi4471-4472 cover)One of strip of 2 on cover2016Muses-C / Hayabusa
Korea (North)4868 (BL728)On label1 and in (lower-left) margin of MS2 (4868 (a-b + 2 labels))2009Muses-C / Hayabusa
Korea (North)4868c (BL729)In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (4868a)
Malagasy Republic1051 (BL175)In (upper) margin of SS11992"Muses-A" / Hiten
Niger843Bc (BL78A)
i843Bc (BL78B)
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (843B)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i843B)
1991"Muses-A" (in text) / Hiten launch
St. Thomas and Prince Islands2097 (Mi4068-4071)
i2097
In (lower-center) margin of MS4 (a-d)
In (lower-center) margin of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2009Muses-B / Haruka / "HALCA"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands2097 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands2120 fdc (BL692 fdc)Cachet on FDC2009Muses-B / Haruka / HALCA
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4135-4138 ms4In (lower-center) margin of MS4 (a-d)2009Muses-A / "Hiten"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsMi4135-4138_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Tanzania2445 (BL593)SS12006"Muses-C" / Hayabusa
Togo2032 (Mi?)2006Muses-C / "Hayabusa"


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Muses (Japan)
1990-01-24: Muses-A / Hiten and Hagoromo
Japan1990-01-24Usuda(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMuses-A launch
1997-02-12: Muses-B / Haruka / HALCA
No launch cover images available yet
2003-05-09: Muses-C / Hayabusa, MINERVA
Australia2003-05-09Uchinoura, Kagoshima(Silk) cachet on coverMuses-C launch (Eutelsat-1-F4 and Aussat-A3 depicted) [silk portion of cachet also found on this Eutelsat-1-F4 and Aussat-A3 cover]
Muses-C (events)
Australia2010-06-13Woomera SA(Printed) cachet on coverSRC (Sample Recovery Capsule) return
Australia2010-06-13Woomera SA(Printed) cachet (different) on coverSRC (Sample Recovery Capsule) return
2014-12-03: Muses-C follow-on / Hayabusa-2 (and OSCAR-81 and PROCYON)
No launch cover images available yet


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