Sputnik-2

(Selected)
Sputnik-2
satellite

Sputnik-2 Laika
Sputnik-2 and boosterSputnik-2Laika
(Sputnik-2 dog)

This page contains (selected) philatelic information on the Sputnik-2 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.

Sputnik-2 was launched by the USSR on 3 November 1957. It carried the dog Laika. It also carried two spectrophotometers to measure solar radiation (in UV and X-ray wavelengths) and cosmic rays as well as a Geiger counter to measure charged particles. Its telemetry system and radio transmitters allowed at least some engineering, biological and scientific data to be sent back to Earth.

Items showing a combination of Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 depictions are highlighted in pale yellow on all three pages.

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)
Sputnik
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-1
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2 (Russia/USSR) Sputnik-2
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-2 (on other than Sputnik-2 launch covers)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-3
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)
Sputnik-4 and beyond
(Russia/USSR)


Below is a list of Sputnik-2 satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
(Selected) philatelic items depicting or referring to Sputnik-2. No attempt is made to be complete.
Sputnik-2 (Russia/USSR)
AbkhaziaMi338One of MS8 (Mi338-345 + label)1999Laika (Sputnik-2 dog)
Albania622 (Mi664)
i622

Imperforate with changed color
1962Drawing similar to Sputnik-3, but Sputnik-2 launch date1, also "Laika"
Albania621-624 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Albania624a (BL9)
624b (BL10)
In (far-right) margin of SS1
In (far-right) margin of imperforate SS1 with changed colors
Ascension148 (Mi148)1971"Sputnik II" (Sputnik-2), also "Laika"
BeninC278 (Mi119)
iC278

Imperforate
197720th anniv. Sputnik-2, also "Laika"
BeninC276+C278 fdcOne of two stamps and (Edila) cachet on FDC
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2012"Sputnik"-2, also "Laika"
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown proofsigned-proof MS4 (a-d)(As above for stamp)
BeninUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
BeninUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS2 (a-b)2017"Sputnik-2", also "Laika"
Bulgaria4581a (Mi?)One of MS4 (4581 (a-d))2011"Laika" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-2 dog)
Bulgaria4581e (BL?)SS1 (4581a)"Laika" (in Cyrillic); (stylized) Sputnik-2 (in lower-left margin of SS1)
Bulgaria4581 black4581 in black(As above for stamps)
Bulgaria4581 blue4581 in blue
Bulgaria4581 red-brown4581 in red-brown
Bulgaria4581e black4581e in black
Bulgaria4581e red-brown4581e in red-brown
Bulgaria4581 fdcMS4 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Bulgaria4581e fdcSS1 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Bulgaria4581a maxi14581a maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581a maxi24581a maxicard (different)
BulgariaNonePrinted stamp (like 4581a) and cachet on stamped envelope2011"Laika" (in Cyrillic, on printed stamp); (stylized) Sputnik-2 (in cachet)
BulgariaUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-left) margin of SS12016"Sputnik-2" (in Cyrillic text, also launch date in text, but Sputnik-3 depicted)
BurundiUnknown ms (BL?)In (upper-center) and (lower-center) margins of MS6 (a-f)2017"Spoutnik-2" (Sputnik-2) and "Laika"
Central African Republic1176b (Mi1888A)
i1176b (Mi1888B)
One of MS4 (1176 (a-d)) (Mi1887A-1890A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1176 (a-d)) (Mi1887B-1890B)
1997Also Laika
Central African Republic1367 (Mi2591-2593)
i1367
In (upper-right) margin of MS3 (1367 (a-c))
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS3 (i1367 (a-c))
2000Sputnik-2 and "Laika"
Chad855a (Mi1981)
i855a
One of MS6 (855 (a-f)) (Mi1981-1986)
One of imperforate MS6 (i855 (a-f))
2000Also Laika
ChadBL403In (left) margin of SS1, silver foil2003Laika (inside Sputnik-2)
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
On label2 of MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
On label2 of imperforate MS3 (a-c + 3 labels)
2010Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
China (People's Republic)381 (Mi409)1958(Symbolic) Sputnik-1 (round), Sputnik-2 (smaller pointed cylinder), and Sputnik-3 (larger pointed cylinder) in orbit
China (People's Republic)379-381 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Comoro Islands788 (Mi994)
i788

Imperforate
1992"Sputnik-2", also "Laika"
Comoro Islands788b (BL371A)
i788b (BL371B)
On stamp and in (upper-left) margin of SS1 (788)
On stamp and in (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i788)
Comoro Islands788a (Mi989+991+994)
i788a
On one of MS3 (783+785-788)
On one of imperforate MS3 (i783+i785-i788)
Comoro Islands945b (Mi1750)
i945b
One of MS3 (945 (a-c))
One of imperforate MS3 (i945 (a-c))
1999"Laika in her Sputnik-2 compartment" (in French text)
Congo (Republic)959 (Mi1307)
i959

Imperforate
1992"Spoutnik-2" (Sputnik-2), also "Laika"
Congo (Republic)959b (BL?)
i959b
On stamp of SS1 (959)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i959)
Congo (Republic)962a (Mi1307+1309+1311)
i962a
MS3 (959+961-962)
Imperforate MS3 (i959+i961-i962)
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-right) margin of SS12017
Cuba867 (Mi926)One of block of 5 (867a (863-867 + label)) (Mi923-927); or four of MS20 (867b (4x (863-867))) (Mi923-927)1964
Cuba963 (Mi1025)1965Sputnik-1, Sputnik-2, and Luna-3
Cuba961-963 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Cuba963a (BL26)Imperforate SS1 (963)
Cuba963a fdcSS1 on FDC
Cuba963b (BL27)Imperforate SS1, 963a with changed colors and text
Czechoslovakia838 (Mi1057)1957Sputnik-2 (with fairing)
Czechoslovakia836-838 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Gabon937c (Mi1436)
i937c
One of MS12 (937 (a-l)) (Mi1434-1445)
One of imperforate MS12 (i937 (a-l))
1999"Sputnik-2"
Gabon937 fdcMS12 on FDC
Germany (East)NonePostcard back, also front1961Sputnik-2 launch date, also "Laika"
Germany (East)634c (Mi928)One of MS8 (634 (a-h)) (Mi926-933)1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Germany (East)694 (Mi1021)1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (around the Earth)
Germany (West)NoneCachet (including reproduction of Mongolia 318) on cover1963Fantasy image with Sputnik-2 launch date, also "Laika"
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Sputnik-2"
Germany (West)919 cover (Mi468 cover)Cachet on cover1968Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Guernsey (Great Britain)449-451 fdc (Mi518-521 fdc)Insert back from FDC, also insert front and front1991"Sputnik-2"
Guinea-BissauMi3683A-3686A_ms4
Mi3683B-3686B_ms4
MS4 (Mi3683A-3686A)
Imperforate MS4 (Mi3683B-3686B)
200750th anniv. "Sputnik-2" launch, also "Laika"
Guinea-BissauMi3683A-3686A_ms4 fdc
Mi3683B-3686B_ms4 fdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea-BissauBL624A
BL624B
SS1
Imperforate SS1
Guinea-BissauBL624A fdc
BL624B fdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Guyana2106c (Mi2628 gold)One of MS25 (2106 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in gold1989"Sputnik-2", also "Laika spacedog" (in overprinted text)
Guyana2106c_specimenOne of MS25 (2106_specimen (a-y)), 280 with both gold and specimen overprints ("specimen" overprint on MS25 does not touch this stamp)
Guyana2107c (Mi2628)One of MS25 (2107 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in silver (Mi2627-2651)
Guyana2107c specimenOne of MS25 (2107 specimen (a-y)), 280 with both silver and specimen overprints
Guyana2873a (Mi4911)
i2873a
One of MS9 (2873 (a-i)) (Mi4911-4919)One of imperforate MS9 (i2873 (a-i))1994Sputnik-2 launch; also "Laika"
Ivory CoastUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Spoutnik-2" (Sputnik-2), also "Laika" (in text only)
Ivory CoastUnknown ss (Mi?)
Unknown iss
SS1201760th anniv. "Spoutnik-2" (Sputnik-2) launch
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
MS4 (a-d)
Imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2017Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination (Sputnik-3 is mis-identified as "Spoutnik-2")
Korea (North)2658 (Mi2844)One of pair (2858a (2857-3858)) or five of MS10 (2858b (5x (2857-3858))) (Mi2843-2844)1987Laika
Korea (North)4793a (BL697)On both stamps of MS2 (2x 4793) (Mi5372)2008"Sputnik-2", also "Laika"
Laos782 (Mi989)
i782

Imperforate
1987"Sputnik-2" (in text, but Sputnik-3 depicted)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 733 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 733)200?Sputnik-2
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 791 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 791)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 792 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 792)
Liberia-LURDLocalLiberia 793 overprinted in red, one of strip of 2 (2x 793)
Malagasy Republic1463a (Mi2391)One of MS3 (1463 (a-c)) (Mi2391-2393)1999Sputnik-2 capsule; also Laika
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12015Laika
Malagasy RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS12016Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Maldive Islands2894 (Mi4534-4539)
i2894
MS6 (2894 (a-f))
Imperforate MS6 (i2894 (a-f))
2006Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Mali1038a (Mi2271)In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (1038 (a-d)) (Mi2271-2274)1999Also Laika
MaliUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Sputnik-2", also "Laika" (in text only)
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (right) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Sputnik-2"
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2013"Sputnik-2", also "Laika" (on center stamp)
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)2015Also "Laika" (on center stamp)
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)In (right) margin of SS1
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)On one of three stamps of MS3 (a-c)2017"Sputnik-2"
Micronesia334b (Mi702)One of MS20 (334 (a-t)) (Mi701-720)1999"Laika"
MoldovaUnknown (Mi?)201760th anniv. Sputnik-2, also "Laika"
Mongolia318 (Mi?)1963Fantasy image with Sputnik-2 launch date, also "Laika"
Mongolia318-322 fdcOne of five stamps on FDC
MongoliaC156 (Mi1514)1982Sputnik-2 launch date, also "Laika"
Niger967c (Mi1327A)
i967c (Mi1327B)
One of MS8 (967 (a-h + label)) (Mi1325-1332)
One of imperforate MS8 (i967)
1997Also Laika
RomaniaC51a (Mi1678+1680)Pair (C49+C51 + label)1957Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a fdcPair (C49+C51 + label) on FDC
RomaniaC52a (Mi1677+1679)Pair (C50+C52 + label)
RomaniaC52a fdcPair (C50+C52 + label) on FDC
RomaniaNonePrinted stamp (like C49) on stamped envelope1957Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
Romania1200 (Mi1685)1957Also "Laika"
Romania1201 (Mi1684)
RomaniaC51a o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p1Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC52a o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p1Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint
RomaniaC51a o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p2Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p2Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC51a o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), overprinted (different)1958Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 with launch dates for those satellites on the label (like-Vanguard-2 image)
RomaniaC51a inverted o/p3Pair (C49+C51 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC52a o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), overprinted (different)
RomaniaC52a inverted o/p3Pair (C50+C52 + label), inverted overprint (different)
RomaniaC119 (Mi2086)Stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C561962Sputnik-1 and Sputnik-2 (like-Vanguard-2 image (on Romania C49))
RomaniaC121 (Mi2088)Stamp-on-stamp: 1200 or 1201, C58, C88Sputnik-2 (on Romania 1200 or 1201)
RomaniaC119-C122 fdcTwo of four stamps on FDC(As above)
RomaniaC122a (BL53)Imperforate MS4 (C119-C121)), stamp-on-stamp: C49, C51, C56, C73, C74, C75, 1200 or 1201, C58, C88, C104, C109, C110
RomaniaC122a fdcMS4 on FDC
RomaniaC146 (Mi?)Stamp-on-stamp:12001963Also "Laika"
RomaniaNoneStamp and cancel and cachet on postcard200750th anniv. "Sputnik-2" launch, also "Laika"
Russia (USSR)2032 (Mi2042)1957Sputnik-2 launch date
Russia (USSR)2033 (Mi2043)
Russia (USSR)2034 (Mi2044)
Russia (USSR)2035 (Mi2045)
Russia (USSR)2077 (Mi2096)1958Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1958Sputnik-2, and Sputnik-1
Russia (USSR)2160 (Mi2192)1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NonePostal card back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel on stamped envelope1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2160 cover1 (Mi2192 cover1)Stamp and cancel and cachet on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2160 cover2 (Mi2192 cover2)Stamp and cancel (different) and cachet (same) on cover, also back1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel (black) on cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel (same, but red) on cover (different)1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneMatchbox cover1959Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card backearly-1960sSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1960Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2519 (Mi2520)Stamp-on-stamp: 21601961Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2586 maxi (Mi2595 maxi)Cachet on maxicard1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)None(New Year) greeting card back1962Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2732a (Mi2747)From block of 6 (2732 (2732 (a-f)), or from MS30 (2732g (5x 2732))1963Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2732d (Mi2750)2732a changed color ("10k" value in blue rather than white)
Russia (USSR)2830-2831 fdc (Mi2852-2853 fdc)(Blue and red printed) cachet on FDC1963Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2883 (Mi2895A)
i2883 (Mi2895B)

Imperforate
1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)2628 cover (Mi? cover)Cachet on cover1964Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1982?25th anniv. Sputnik- 2 launch
RussiaNoneMedallion200750th anniv. Sputnik-2 (but Sputnik-3 depicted), also "Laika"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
On stamp and in (upper-right) margin of SS1
On stamp and in (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2004Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc1
Unknown ifdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ifdc2Imperforate SS1 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
From MS9 (a-i)
From imperforate MS9 (a-i)
2004Also Laika
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684c (Mi2998)From MS4 (1684 (a-d)) (Mi2996-2999)2007"Sputnik-2", also Laika
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684d (Mi2999)"Sputnik-2" (in text, but Sputnik-3 depicted)
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1684 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDCSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
SharjahMi996A
Mi996B

Imperforate
1972Also Laika
SharjahMi996B_dsImperforate deluxe sheet (Mi996B)
SharjahMi996B_ssImperforate SS1 (Mi996B)
Sierra LeoneUnknown b (Mi?)One stamp and in (lower-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2016"Sputnik-2" and "Laika" (on stamp and also in the lower-left margin of the MS4)
Tanzania2538 (BL?)MS4 (2538 (a-d))2009Also "Laika"
TogoMi6462One of MS4 (Mi6461-6464)2014Sputnik-2, also "Belka" and "Strelka"
TogoMi6461-6464_ms4 fdcMS4 and cachet (same design as one stamp) on FDC
United StatesNone(ASDA) cachet (reproduction of Russia 2160) on cover1983Sputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
United States3187d fdc (Mi326 fdc)(Mystic Stamp Company) back of FDC, also front1999"Sputnik-2"

1Sputnik-3 is depicted, whereas this item likely intended to show Sputnik-2 along with the space dog Laika.


Below is a list of Sputnik-2 satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1957-11-03: Sputnik-2 (dog Laika)
Russia (USSR)1957-11-03Moscow POCancel on cover, also backSputnik-2 launch
Sputnik-2 (events)
Russia (USSR)1958-04-14?Moscow(Russia 2032, 2033, 2034, and 2035) stamps and cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverSputnik-2 orbital decay and atmospheric re-entry after approximately 2000 Earth orbits
Sputnik-2 (anniversaries)
Russia (USSR)1960-11-03Moscow(Russia 2032) stamp and cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on cover3rd anniv. Sputnik-2 launch
Russia (USSR)1961-11-03Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachets on cover4th anniv. Sputnik-2 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-11-03Penza Oblast(Red rubber-stamp) cachet (same design as Russia 2032, 2033, 2034, and 2035) on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-2 launch
Russia (USSR)1962-11-03Archangelsk(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on cover5th anniv. Sputnik-2 launch, also Laika
Sputnik-2 (on other than Sputnik-2 launch covers)
Russia (USSR)1960-04-04Leningrad(Printed) cachet on Sputnik-3 event coverSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination
United States1983-01-31Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) insert from Explorer-1 anniversary cover, also cover"Sputnik-I and II"
United States2002-07-10Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color) cachet (with reproduction of Russia 2160) on Telstar-1 anniversary coverSputnik-1, 2, and 3 combination


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