NEAR

Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)
and Dawn
(and other asteroid-exploration satellites)

Dawn
NEARDawn

This page contains philatelic information on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) and Dawn (and other asteroid-exploration) 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.

NEAR / Shoemaker is also known as Discovery-2, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites.
Dawn is also known as Discovery-9, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites.

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)
NEAR / Shoemaker NEAR / Shoemaker NEAR / Shoemaker
Dawn Dawn Dawn
Marco Polo [canceled] Marco Polo [canceled] Marco Polo [canceled]


Below is a list of NEAR / Shoemaker and Dawn (and other asteroid-exploration) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) / Shoemaker
Burundi758g (Mi1854)One of MS12 (758 (a-l)) (Mi1848-1859)2000NEAR
GermanyNoneCancel on cover1970"NEAR"
GermanyNoneCancel (same) and cachet on cover1970"NEAR"
Grenada Carriacou2205c (Mi3193)One of MS6 (2205 (a-f)) (Mi3191-3196)2000"NEAR" (in text, but Vega depicted)
Grenada Carriacou2206c (Mi3199)One of MS6 (2206 (a-f)) (Mi3197-3202)"NEAR"
Grenada Carriacou2206c essayOne of MS6 (2206 essay (a-f))
Guinea Republic2231 (Mi4050)
i2231

Imperforate
2003"NEAR"
Guinea Republic2231a (BL814A)
i2231a (BL814B)
SS1 (2231)
Imperforate SS1 (i2231)
Guinea Republic2231a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2231b (Mi4050)
i2231b
MS4 (4x 2231)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2231)
Guinea Republic2231b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi7644One of MS6 (MS6 (Mi7641-7646))2010NEAR
Guinea RepublicMi7641-7646_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
MordoviaLocal_fOne of local post MS6 (a-f)1998NEAR
MordoviaLocal_ms fdcOne of MS6 and cachet on FDC
Dawn
BequiaUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2016"Dawn spacecraft, September 2007" (in lower-left margin), and "Vesta-Ceres asteroid belt study" (in lower-right margin)
BequiaUnknown ss (BL?)SS1"Dawn launch September 27, 2007" (on stamp), and "Vesta-Ceres asteroid belt study" (in upper-left margin)
Central African RepublicMi3802-3805_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3802-3805)2012
Central African RepublicMi3807-3810_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3807-3810)
Central African RepublicMi3812-3815_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3812-3815)
Central African RepublicMi3817-3820_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3817-3820)
Central African RepublicMi3817-3120_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Central African RepublicMi3827-3830_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3827-3830)
Central African RepublicMi3832-3835_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3832-3835)
Central African RepublicMi3837-3840_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3837-3840)
Central African RepublicMi3842-3845_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3842-3845)
Central African RepublicMi3847-3850_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3847-3850)
Central African RepublicMi3852-3855_ms4In (upper-center) margin of MS4 (Mi3852-3855)
Central African RepublicMi3852-3155_ms4 fdcMS4 on FDC
Guinea Republic2227 (Mi4053)2003"sonde Ceres-Vesta" (which were the destination asteroids for Dawn)
Guinea Republic2227a (BL817)
i2227a
On stamp of SS1 (2227)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2227)
Guinea Republic2227a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2227b (Mi4053)
i2227b
MS4 (4x 2227)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2227)
Guinea Republic2227b fdcMS4 on FDC
RwandaUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower) margin of MS10 (a-j)2010
UruguayUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2017"Dawn" (in text only)
UruguayUnknown fdcMS3 on FDC
Marco Polo [canceled]
ChadUnknown (Mi?)2010"Marco Polo"
ChadUnknown fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
ChadUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS1
ChadUnknown ss fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC


Below is a list of NEAR / Shoemaker and Dawn (and other asteroid-exploration) satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1996-02-17: NEAR / Shoemaker
United States1996-02-17Barstow CA(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNEAR launch
United States1996-02-17Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNEAR launch
United States1996-02-17Laurel MD(Space Voyage) cachet on coverNEAR launch
NEAR (events)
United States1997-07-03Laurel MD(?) cachet on coverdeep space maneuver
United States2000-02-14Pasadena CA(Orange and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverentry into orbit around Eros
2007-09-27: Dawn
French Guiana2007-09-27Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverDawn launch
United States2007-09-27Kennedy Space Center FL(Lollini) cachet on coverDawn launch
United States2007-09-27Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverDawn launch
United States2007-09-27Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverDawn launch
Dawn (events)
United States2011-07-15Pasadena CA(Lollini) cachet on coverorbit at Vesta
United States2011-07-16Pasadena CA(RES&C) cachet on coverorbit at Vesta
United States2015-03-06Cape Canaveral FL(Thrifty) cachet on cover"entered into orbit around Ceres"
United States2015-03-06GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on cover"arrival at Ceres"
United States2015-03-06Cape Canaveral FL(FM) cachet (different) on coverarrival at Ceres
United States2015-04-23Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"first science orbit"
United States2015-05-09Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"first Ceres science phase"
United States2015-06-06GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"start survey mapping mission"
United States2015-06-06Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet (different) on cover"start survey mapping mission"
United States2015-08-18Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"began ... high-altitude mapping orbit"
United States2015-08-18Huntsville AL(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"began ... high-altitude mapping orbit"
United States2015-08-18GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"HAMO mapping orbit"
United States2015-12-15Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"reached ... low altitude mapping orbit"
United States2015-12-15GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on cover"reached ... low altitude mapping orbit"


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