Stardust

Stardust, Rosetta, Deep
Impact, and Deep Space
(and other cometary-exploration satellites)

Deep Impact
StardustDeep Impact

This page contains philatelic information on the Stardust, Rosetta, Deep Impact, and Deep Space (and other cometary-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.

Stardust is also known as Discovery-4, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites. In July 2007 the extended mission called NExT (New Exploration of Tempel 1) was approved. The mission will reuse the Stardust spacecraft to revisit Comet 9P/Tempel 1.

Deep Impact is also known as Discovery-7, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites.

Contour is also known as Discovery-6, one of the NASA Discovery-series satellites, which failed upon launch.

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)
Deep Space1 (USA) Deep Space1 (USA) Deep Space1 (USA)
Stardust / NExT (USA) Stardust / NExT (USA) Stardust / NExT (USA)
Rosetta and Philae (ESA) Rosetta and Philae (ESA) Rosetta and Philae (ESA)
Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA) Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA) Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA)
Contour (USA) Contour (USA) Other cometary-exploration satellites


Below is a list of Stardust, Rosetta, Deep Impact, and Deep Space (and other cometary-exploration satellite) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Deep Space1 (USA)
Guinea Republic2227a (BL817)
i2227a
In (upper-right) margin of SS1 (2227)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i2227)
2003"Deep Space-4" / "Champollion" (original concept) [canceled]
Guinea Republic2227a fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea Republic2228 (Mi4051)
i2228

Imperforate
"Deep Space"-1
Guinea Republic2228a (BL815)
i2228a
On stamp of SS1 (2228)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2228)
Guinea Republic2228a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2228b (Mi4051)
i2228b
MS4 (4x 2228)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2228)
Guinea Republic2228b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1487A
BL1487B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2007
Guinea RepublicBL1487A fdc
BL1487B fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi9440-9442_msIn (lower-right) margin of SS1 (Mi9440-9442)2012"Deep Space-1"
St. Vincent2793e (Mi4938)
i2793e
One of MS6 (2793 (a-f)) (Mi4934-4939)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2793 (a-f))
2000"Deep Space-4" / "Champollion" (original concept) [canceled]
United StatesNoneCancel1998"Deep Space-1"
Stardust / NExT (USA)
GermanyNoneCancel2006"Stardust"
Grenada3604 (BL755)
i3604
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Stardust"
Guinea RepublicMi39962002
Guinea RepublicBL768SS1 (Mi3996)
Guinea Republic2225 (Mi4055)2003"Stardust"
Guinea Republic2225a (BL819)
i2225a
On stamp of SS1 (2225)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2225)
Guinea Republic2225a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2225b (Mi4055)
i2225b
MS4 (4x 2225)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2225)
Guinea Republic2225b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1488A
BL1488B
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
2007
Guinea RepublicBL1488A fdc
BL1488B fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and cachet on FDC
Guyana3502d (Mi6961)
i3502d
One of MS6 (3502 (a-f)) (Mi6958-6963)
One of imperforate MS6 (i3502 (a-f))
2000"Stardust"
Guyana3502 artworkOn one of imperforate artwork MS6
Maldive Islands2899 (BL599)
i2899 (BL?)
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Stardust"
Micronesia701 (BL162)SS12006"Stardust"
Niue813 (Mi1071-1076)MS6 (813 (a-f))2007"Stardust"
Niue813 fdcMS6 on FDC
St. Vincent2794 (BL514)SS12000"Stardust"
United StatesNoneCancel1999"Stardust"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage2011"Stardust-NExT"
Rosetta and Philae (ESA)
AscensionUnknown1 (Mi?)2014"Rosetta" launch
AscensionUnknown2 (Mi?)"Rosetta"
AscensionUnknown3 (Mi?)Rosetta, "Philae"
AscensionUnknown4 (Mi?)"Philae"
AscensionUnknown fdcFour stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
AscensionUnknown ss (BL?)SS1"Rosetta", Philae
BeninUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014Rosetta launch (launch date on stamp)
BeninUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014"Philae"
BurundiMi3480A
Mi3480B
One stamp and in (lower-left and lower-right) margins of MS2 (BL498A (Mi3480A-3481A)), or one of MS2 (BL499A (Mi3480A-3481A))
One stamp and in (lower-left and lower-right) margins of imperforate MS2 (BL498B (Mi3480B-3481B)), or one of imperforate MS2 (BL499B (Mi3480B-3481B))
2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
BurundiBL499A
BL499B
One of MS2 (Mi3480A-3481A)
One of imperforate MS2 (Mi3480B-3481B)
BurundiBL500A
BL500B
On stamp and in (lower-left and right) margins of SS1 (Mi3480A)
On stamp and in (lower-left and right) margins of imperforate SS1 (Mi3480B)
"Rosetta" and "Philae"; also launch of "Rosetta"
Comoro IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12008"Rosetta"
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)On one stamp and one label of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels)2014"Rosetta"
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
FranceNone1+label1On label with private post2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
FranceNone2+label2On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone3+label3On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone4+label4On label (different) from private post (different)
FranceNone5+label5On label (different) from private post (different)
GermanyNoneCancel2004"Rosetta"
GermanyNoneCancel on cover2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
Great Britain3116 (Mi3369)From presentation pack2012"Rosetta" (in text and presentation pack front)
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc1One of six stamps on FDC
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc2One of six stamps on FDC (different cancel)
Great BritainNoneCancel2014"first ever landing on a comet"
Grenada Carriacou2205d essayOne of MS6 (2205 essay (a-f))2000"Rosetta" (in text, but Mars Express depicted)
Guinea Republic2226a fdc (BL820 fdc)Cachet on FDC2003Rosetta, Philae
Guinea Republic2230 (Mi4049)
i2230

Imperforate
2003"Rosetta"
Guinea Republic2230a (BL813)
i2230a
On stamp and in (right) margin of SS1 (2230)
On stamp and in (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i2230)
"Rosetta" (on stamp); "Atterrisseur Rosetta" (i.e. Rosetta lander, in text in lower-left margin; this refers to the Philae lander, depicted in the lower-right margin and FDC cachet)
Guinea Republic2230a fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea Republic2230b (Mi4049)
i2230b
MS4 (4x 2230)
Imperforate MS4 (4x i2230)
"Rosetta", Philae (in FDC cachet)
Guinea Republic2230b fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1108A
BL1108B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (Mi4522A)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi4522B)
2006"Rosetta", Philae
Guinea RepublicBL1108B fdcImperforate SS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1487A fdcCachet on FDC2007Rosetta patch and Philae lander
Guinea RepublicBL1488A
BL1488B
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicBL1488A fdc
BL1488B fdc
SS1 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1586 fdcCachet on FDC2008
Guinea-BissauUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
Guinea-BissauUnknown fdcMS4 and cachet on FDC
HungaryUnknown g (Mi?)One of MS8 (a-h), also UV-light image2015(possible) Rosetta
HungaryUnknown fdcMS8 on FDC
IsraelNoneOn label and in (left) margin of private post MS12 + 12 labels2015"Philae"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a (Mi?)Stamps from and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)2011"Rosetta" (orbiter), same design as Mali unknown a (2012); Philae (Rosetta lander); Rosetta logo (in lower-right margin)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown b (Mi?)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown c (Mi?)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a-d fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a proofStamps from and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 proof (a-d)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown b proof
Malagasy RepublicUnknown c proof
Maldive IslandsBL767SS12015
Maldive IslandsBL767 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDCRosetta (on SS1); Philae (in cachet)
MaliUnknown a (Mi?)Stamp from and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)2011"Rosetta" (orbiter), same design as Malagasy Republic unknown a (2011); Rosetta logo (in lower-right margin)
NevisUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2015
NevisUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
Ossetia (South)Unknown1 (Mi?)From MS102009
Ossetia (South)Unknown2 (Mi?)
Ossetia (South)Unknown ms fdcMS10 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)On two of MS3 (a-c)2004
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdcMS3 and cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown proofSigned proof
UruguayUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-center) margin of MS3 (a-c)2017"Rosetta" (in text only)
UruguayUnknown fdcMS3 on FDC
Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA)
Grenada3605 (BL754)
i3605
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Deep Impact"
Guinea Republic2225a (BL819)
i2225a
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Spacecraft Tempel Comet" (Deep Impact)
Guinea Republic2225a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1487A
BL1487B
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
2007Deep Impact and Impactor
Guinea RepublicBL1487A fdc
BL1487B fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi6513One of MS6 (Mi6512-6517)2009"Deep Impact"
Ivory CoastMi1416A
Mi1416B
From MS6
From imperforate MS6
2005
Ivory CoastBL113AOne of MS4 (Mi1414-1417)
Liberia2440 (BL540)SS12006"Deep Impact"
Malagasy RepublicUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2011"Deep Impact", same design as Mali unknown d (2012)
Malagasy RepublicUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown a-d fdcFour stamps on FDC
Malagasy RepublicUnknown d proofOne of MS4 proof (a-d)
MaliUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2011"Deep Impact", same design as Malagasy Republic unknown d (2011)
Sierra Leone2875 (BL626)
i2875
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Deep Impact"
Sierra Leone2876 error (BL628 error)SS1 with errorIncorrect additional text "Impactor with Deep Impact probe" (that text is correctly found in 2875; 2876 shows MRO only)
Togo2035b (Mi3317)
i2035b
One of MS6 (2035 (a-f)) (Mi3316-3321)
One of imperforate MS6 (i2035 (a-f))
2006"Deep Impact"
Other cometary-exploration satellites
Mauritania623 (BL66A)
i623 (BL66B)
In (left) margin of SS1
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1
1986"CRAF"2 [canceled]
St. Vincent1482 (Mi1734)1991"CRAF"2 [canceled]
United StatesNone(Saturn-Uranus Station, Redondo Beach CA) cancel on cover1991"Cassini (CRAF)"

1Deep Space-1 had a secondary cometary mission, in addition to a primary asteroid mission. Deep Space-2 consists of a set of two probes launched with the Mars Polar Lander (MPL). Deep Space-4 was canceled and therefore never built or launched.
2CRAF = Comet Rendezvous and Asteroid Flyby


Below is a list of Stardust, Rosetta, Deep Impact, and Deep Space (and other cometary-exploration satellite) launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1998-10-24: Deep Space-11 (USA) (and OSCAR-33)
No launch cover images available yet
Deep Space-11 (events)
United States1999-07-28Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"Asteroid KD1992 encounter"
United States2001-09-22Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"Flys by Comet Borelly"
1999-02-07: Stardust / NExT (ESA)
United States1999-02-07Pasadena CA(Mission Operations Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverStardust launch
United States1999-02-07Cape Canaveral FL(SCP blank) cachet on coverStardust launch
Stardust (events)
United States2004-01-02Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"Stardust Wild 2 encounter"
United States2006-01-15Dugway UT(Lollini) cachet on coverStardust capsule recovered (comet sample returned)
United States2006-01-15Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"Stardust sample capsule recovery"
United States2011-02-14Pasadena CA(Lollini) cachet on coverStardust-NExT encounter of Tempel 1 comet
United States2011-02-14Pasadena CA(RES&C) cachet on cover"Comet Tempel-1 fly-by"
2002-07-03: Contour (USA)
United States2002-07-03Cape Canaveral FL(Printed) cachet on coverContour launch
2004-03-02: Rosetta and Philae (ESA)
French Guiana2004-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverRosetta launch
Gabon2004-03-02Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverRosetta launch
Rosetta and Philae (events)
French Guiana2007-11-13Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverRosetta Earth overflight
France2014-08-06Toulouse-Rangueil(Printed) cachet on coverRosetta enters orbit around comet 67P/C-G (the first manmade object ever to orbit a comet)
France2014-11-12Toulouse-Rangueil(Printed) cachet on coverPhilae lander on comet 67P/C-G
French Guiana2014-11-12Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverPhilae lander on comet 67P/C-G
United States2016-09-30GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverRosetta "End of Mission"
United States2016-09-30Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet (same) on coverRosetta "End of Mission"
2005-01-12: Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA)
United States2005-01-12Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverDeep Impact launch
Deep Impact / EPOXI (events)
French Guiana2005-04-07Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverDeep Impact encounters Tempel 1 comet
United States2005-07-03Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on cover"Comet Tempel 1 impact/flyby"
United States2010-11-04Pasadena CA(Printed) cachet on coverDeep Impact becomes EPOXI
United States2010-11-04Cape Canaveral FL(RES&C) cachet on cover"Comet Hartley-2 fly-by mission"

1Deep Space-1 had a secondary cometary mission, in addition to a primary asteroid mission. Deep Space-2 consists of a set of two probes launched with the Mars Polar Lander (MPL). Deep Space-4 was canceled and therefore never built or launched.


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