Sputnik-4

Sputnik-4 and beyond
satellites

Zvezdochka
Sputnik-4Zvezdochka
(Sputnik-10 dog)

This page contains philatelic information on the Sputnik-4 and beyond 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.

Included here are Sputnik-4, 5, 6, 9, and 10, also known as Korabl-Sputnik-1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Other higher-numbered Sputniks had Venera, Kosmos, Mars, Luna, and RS designations. Any of those are treated on the alternate-name pages.

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-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-4 and beyond satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Sputnik-4 and beyond (Russia/USSR)
BulgariaC80 (Mi1197)1960Sputnik-5 (launch date in text); dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Bulgaria4581b (Mi?)From MS4 (4581 (a-d))2011"Belka and Strelka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-5 dogs)
Bulgaria4581c (Mi?)"Chernushka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-9 dog)
Bulgaria4581d (Mi?)"Zvezdochka" (in Cyrillic, Sputnik-10 dog)
Bulgaria4581 black4581 in black(As above for stamps)
Bulgaria4581 blue4581 in blue
Bulgaria4581 red-brown4581 in red-brown
Bulgaria4581 fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Bulgaria4581b maxi14581b maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581b maxi24581b maxicard (different)
Bulgaria4581c maxi14581c maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581c maxi24581e maxicard (different)
Bulgaria4581d maxi14581d maxicard, also back
Bulgaria4581d maxi24581d maxicard (different)
BulgariaNoneCachet on stamped envelope2011Belka and Strelka, Chernushka, and Zvezdochka
Burundi1078a (Mi2426)One of MS4 (1078 (a-d)) (Mi2426-2429)2012Sputnik-3; Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Germany (East)NonePostcard back, also front1961"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Germany (West)NoneCinderella (poster stamp), one of MS30 cinderella~1966"Sputnik-8" (Venera-1)
Guinea-BissauBL556On stamp of SS12006"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Guinea-BissauBL556 fdcSS1 on FDC
KomiUnlisted c (Mi unlisted)One of MS6 (a-f)1996Strelka (Sputnik-5 passenger)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015Sputnik-5, and dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown b (Mi?)One of MS3 (a-c)2016"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS12015Sputnik-2 (in right margin); Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
MoldovaUnknown (Mi?)2018"Sputnik-9", also "Chernushka"
MoldovaUnknown (Mi?)"Sputnik-10", also "Zvyozdochka"
RomaniaC88 (Mi1899)1960Sputnik-4 (launch date in text)
Russia (USSR)2350 (Mi2357)1960Sputnik-4 (launch date in text)
Russia (USSR)2350 fdcStamp on FDC
Russia (USSR)2383 (Mi2390)1960Sputnik-5 (launch date in text); dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
Russia (USSR)2384 (Mi2391)
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
RussiaNonePropaganda card (multi-color)~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
RussiaNonePropaganda card (black and white)~1960"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
Russia (USSR)2491 (Mi2497)1961Sputnik-10 (launch date in text); dog "Zvezdochka"
Russia (USSR)2492 (Mi2498)Sputnik-9 (launch date in text); dog "Chernushka"
RussiaNoneCachet on cover1961"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
RussiaNonePropaganda card (multi-color)1963"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
RussiaNoneCachet on stamped envelope~1965"Belka" and "Strelka" (Sputnik-5 dogs)
RussiaNoneMedallion199030th anniv. Sputnik-5; dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
RussiaNoneMedallion200040th anniv. Sputnik-5; dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
RussiaNoneMedallion200645th anniv. Sputnik-4; dog "Chernushka"
TogoMi6462One of MS4 (Mi6461-6464)2014Sputnik-2; Sputnik-5 dogs "Belka" and "Strelka"
TogoMi6461-6464_ms4 fdcMS4 and cachet (same design as Mi6462) on FDC


Below is a list of Sputnik-4 and beyond satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Sputnik-4 and beyond (Russia/USSR)
1960-05-15: Sputnik-4
No launch cover images available yet
Sputnik-4 (events)
Russia (USSR)1960-07-18Minsk(Purple rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1000 orbits
1960-08-19: Sputnik-5 (dogs Strelka and Belka)
Russia (USSR)1960-08-19Vilnius(Blue printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-5 launch
1960-12-01: Sputnik-6 (dogs Pchelka and Mushka)
Russia (USSR)1960-12-01Minsk(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-6 launch
Sputnik-6 (anniversary)
Russia (USSR)1961-12-01Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-6 launch
Russia (USSR)1961-12-01Minsk(Multi-color printed and black rubber-stamp) cachet (different) on cover1st anniv. Sputnik-6 launch
1961-02-04: Sputnik-7 (Venera-(1a)) [partial failure]
Russia (USSR)1961-02-04Vilnius(Brown printed and blue rubber-stamp) cachets on coverSputnik-7 launch [partial failure]
1961-04-02: Sputnik-8 (Venera-1)
No launch cover images available yet
1961-03-09: Sputnik-9 (dog Chernushka)
Russia (USSR)1961-03-09Minsk(Black and red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverSputnik-9 launch
1961-03-25: Sputnik-10 (dog Zvezdochka)
No launch cover images available yet


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