Vega-1

Vega-series
satellites


This page contains philatelic information on the Vega 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.

Vega (VEnera GAllei) was a combined mission to Venus, where the flyby bus released a lander, then the probes made a flyby at comet 1P/Halley.

Many of the items in the list below were issued for Halley's Comet. Although a list of Halley's Comet items is not provided, a number of those items include images of Edmund Halley (1656 - 1742).

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)
Vega (Russia/USSR) Vega (Russia/USSR) Vega (Russia/USSR)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Vega (Russia/USSR)
AbkhaziaMi124AFrom MS12 (12x Mi124A + 4 labels)1996
AbkhaziaMi124A fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
AbkhaziaMi124B dsDeluxe sheet (Mi124B)
AbkhaziaMi124B ds fdcDeluxe sheet and cachet on FDC
Austria1219 cancel (Mi1715 cancel)Cancel1984
Austria1291 sc (Mi? sc)Cancel (same) on souvenir card1984
AustriaNoneCancel1986Vega instrument
Bolivia690 (BL146)In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS11985"Vega"
Bulgaria3153 (BL162)In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (3153 (a-d))1986
Bulgaria3153 fdcMS4 on FDC
Bulgaria3295a (Mi?)One of MS2 (3295 (a-b)) (BL174)1987"Vega"
Bulgaria3295a purpleOne of MS2 (3295 purple (a-b)) with purple margins
Bulgaria3295 purple fdcMS2 with purple margins on FDC
Cambodia710 (Mi788)1986
Cambodia711 (Mi789)"Vega 1" (in text); also cometary images obtained by Vega-1
Cambodia712 (BL148)On stamp of SS1
Central African RepublicC279_stamp (Mi867A)
iC279_stamp (Mi867B)

Imperforate
1982
Central African RepublicC279 (BL201A)
iC279 (BL201B)
On stamp of SS1 (Mi867A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi867B)
Central African Republic660 (Mi1039)1984
Central African Republic660a (BL287)On stamp of SS1 (660)
Central African Republic783 (Mi1191)
i783

Imperforate
1985
Central African Republic783a (BL362)
i783a
On stamp of SS1 (783)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i783)
Central African Republic784b (BL?)
i784b
MS6 (779-784)
Imperforate MS6 (i779-i784)
Central African RepublicC321 (Mi1206)1986
Central African RepublicBL400A
BL400B
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
1986
Comoro IslandsB4h (Mi861A)
iB4h (Mi861B)
One of MS8 (B4 (a-h)) (Mi854A-861A)
One of imperforate MS8 (iB4 (a-h)) (Mi854B-861B)
1988
Comoro IslandsB4h ds (BL270A)
iB4h_ds (BL270B)
Deluxe sheet (B4h)
Imperforate deluxe sheet (iB4h)
Comoro IslandsC193 (BL262A)
iC193 (BL262B)
On stamp of SS1 (Mi862A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi862B)
Comoro Islands816Saa (Mi?)One of pair (816S (z-aa)), B4h surcharged1996
Congo (People's Republic)C353 (Mi1028)1986"sonde Vega"
Congo RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (lower-right) margin of SS1: stamp-on stamp Russia 54332016"Venera-Halley" (in Cyrillic text, another name for Vega)
Congo RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)MS2 (a-b) + 2 labels (with reproductions of CongoPR C353)"Vega" (on stamp 'b' and on both labels)
Cuba2934 (Mi3089)1987
Cuba2929+2931+2934 fdcOne of three stamps on FDC
Cuba2935 (BL98)On stamp of SS1
Cuba3022 (Mi3178)1988
Czechoslovakia2554 (BL64)On stamp and in (upper-left) margin of MS2 (2x 2554a)1985"Project Vega"
Czechoslovakia2653 (BL69)In (lower-right) margin of MS2 (2x 2653a)1987
DjiboutiC208a (BL105)In (upper-right) margin of MS2 (C207-C208)1984"Vega-1"
Djibouti610a (BL120A)
i610a (BL120B)
In (lower-left) margin of SS1 (610)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i610)
1986
Djibouti611 (Mi460)"Vega-1"
Djibouti611a (BL121A)
i611a (BL121B)
On stamp of SS1 (611)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i611)
Djibouti610-611 fdcOne of two stamps and cachet (design like both stamps) on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)On one stamp and one label and in (left) margin of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels)2014"Vega" launch
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
Grenada Carriacou2205c (Mi3193)One of MS6 (2205 (a-f)) (Mi3191-3196)2000Vega (not "NEAR", as in text)
Grenada Carriacou2205c essayOne of MS6 (2205 essay (a-f))"Vega" (correctly labeled)
Guinea Republic989 (Mi1111)1986
Guinea Republic989a (BL218A)
i989a (BL218B)
On stamp of SS1 (989)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i989)
Guinea Republic989b (Mi1106-1111)On one of MS6 (984-989)
Guinea Republic1086 (Mi1206A)
i1086 (Mi1206B)

Imperforate
1988Vega-1/2 (in stamp); "Vega" (in upper margin); Vega-1/2 instrumented balloon for atmospheric measurements (in stamp and left-center margin)
Guinea Republic1086a (BL304)SS1 (1086)
Guinea-Bissau689 (BL268)In (upper-left) margin of SS11986
Guyana2106x (Mi2650 gold)One of MS25 (2106 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in gold1989"Vega-1" (in overprinted text)
Guyana2106x_specimenOne of MS25 (2106_specimen (a-y)), 280 with both gold and specimen overprints
Guyana2107x (Mi2650)One of MS25 (2107 (a-y)), 280 overprinted in silver (Mi2627-2651)
Guyana2107x specimenOne of MS25 (2107 specimen (a-y)), 280 with both silver and specimen overprints
Hungary2973 (Mi3806A)
i2973 (Mi3806B)

Imperforate
1986"Vega"
Hungary2973 maxiMaxicard
Hungary2973 fdcStamp on FDC
Korea (North)2506 (Mi2677)1985
Korea (North)2506 proofDeluxe proof (2506)
Korea (North)2507 (BL203)In (lower-right) margin of SS1
Korea (North)2536 (Mi2707)1985
Korea (North)2536 specimen2536 overprinted "specimen"
Korea (North)4172d maxi (Mi4504 maxi)Cachet on maxicard2001
Korea (South)1456 (Mi1447)One of pair (1457a (1456-1457))1986
Korea (South)1457a fdcOne of pair on FDC
Korea (North)4350c (Mi4729-4730)In (upper-right) margin of booklet pane of 2 (4350 (a-b)), also booklet cover and booklet cover (4350d), 4350c booklet cover overprinted for Hong Kong 2004 Exposition2004
Laos731a (Mi939)One of pair (731 (a-b))1986
Malagasy Republic746 (BL32)SS11985Vega-1/2 (in stamp); Vega-1/2 instrumented balloon and lander (in right margin)
Malagasy Republic793 (Mi1059A)
i793 (BL1059B)

Imperforate
1987"Vega-1"
Malagasy Republic793a (BL44A)
i793a (BL44B)
On stamp of SS1 (793)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i793)
Malagasy Republic794 (Mi1060A)
i794 (BL1060B)

Imperforate
"Vega-2"
Malagasy Republic794a (BL45A)
i794a (BL45B)
On stamp of SS1 (794)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i794)
Maldive Islands1155 (Mi1168)
i1155

Imperforate
1986
Maldive Islands1214 (Mi1227)
i1214
1155 overprinted with silver symbol
i1155 overprinted with silver symbol
1986
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (lower-left) margin of MS3 (a-c)
In (lower-left) margin of imperforate MS3 (a-c)
2013"Vega"
MaliUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS3 on FDC
Imperforate MS3 on FDC
Marshall Islands89+label (Mi65+label)One of strip of 5 (90a (86-90) + 5 labels) (Mi62-66)1985"Vega"
Marshall Islands89 fdcStamp and (Colorano silk) cachet on FDC
Marshall Islands90a fdcStrip of 5 on FDC
Mauritania621 (Mi891A)
i621 (Mi891B)

Imperforate
1986
Mauritania621a (BL unlisted)
i621a
SS1 (i621)
Imperforate SS1 (i621)
Mauritania622b (BL unlisted)
i622b
One of MS4 (619-622)
One of imperforate MS4 (i619-i622)
Micronesia334r (Mi718)Two stamps and in (upper-right) margin of MS20 (334 (a-t)) (Mi701-720)1999Vega-1 lander for Venus
Micronesia334s (Mi719)Vega-1 at Halley's Comet
Mongolia1563 (BL117)On stamp of SS11986
MozambiqueUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-left) margin of MS6 (a-f)
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS6 (a-f)
2001
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-left) margin of SS1
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate SS1
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS1 (different)
Nicaragua1486 (Mi2823)1986
NigerC364 (Mi980A)
iC364 (Mi980B)

Imperforate
1985"Vega" (in text, but not Vega depicted)
NigerC364 dsDeluxe sheet (C364)
Niuafo'ou (Tonga)Unknown ss (BL?)On stamp of SS12017
ParaguayC642 label (Mi3974 label)One label and in (upper-right) margin of MS9 (C642a (5x C642 + 4 labels))1986
Poland2715 (Mi3015)One of pair (2715a (2714-2715))1986
RomaniaC270 (Mi4229)1986Two (2) Vega(s)
RomaniaC270 maxiMaxicard
RomaniaC270a (BL222)Imperforate SS1
RomaniaC270a o/p (BL222 o/p)Imperforate SS1, C270a overprinted2016Two (2) Vega(s)
Russia (USSR)5324 (Mi5466)From MS8 (5324a (8x 5324))1984
Russia (USSR)5324 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)5372 (Mi5513)From MS8 (5372a (8x 5372))1985Vega, lander, and balloon (also in surrounding margins of MS8)
Russia (USSR)5372 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)5433 (Mi5582)From MS8 (5433a (8x 5433))1986"Venera-Halley" (in Cyrillic text, another name for Vega); (see also Congo Unknown ss 2016)
Russia (USSR)5433 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)5434 (BL187)On stamp and in (right) margin of SS1"Vega-1" (on stamp), "Vega-2" (in right margin)
Russia (USSR)5434 fdcSS1 and cancel and cachet on FDC
Russia (USSR)5444 (Mi5593)From MS7 (5444a (7x 5444 + label))1986
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope1986
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel and cachet on postal card1986
St. Thomas and Prince Islands789b (Mi951)One of MS4 (789 (a-d + 5 labels)) (Mi950-953)1986"Vega"
St. Thomas and Prince Islands790 (BL164)In (lower) margin of SS1
Togo1362 (Mi1945)1986"Vega-1"
Togo1406 (Mi1991)1362 overprinted in silver1986"Vega-1"
United StatesNoneInsert back from cover, also insert front and cover front1986"Vega-1 and Vega-2"
Vietnam1601 (Mi1659)
i1601

Imperforate
1986"Vega-1" and "Vega-2" launch
XhakasiaLocal fdcCachet on FDC (2 strips of 5 overprinted on 4x Russia 4520 and 5733)1996


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Vega (Russia/USSR)
1984-12-15: Vega-1
Russia (USSR)1984-12-15
1975-11-25
Barstow CA
Moscow International Post Office
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverVega-1 launch
Kosmos-782 launch
Vega-1 (events)
Australia1985-06-10Canberra ACT(Space Voyage) cachet on coverrelease of Venus descent module
Austria1986-03-06Graz(Printed) cachet on coverencounter with Halley's Comet; also "Vega-2"
1984-12-21: Vega-2
Germany (East)1984-12-21Berlin(Philatelistenverband im Kulturbund der DDR) cachet on coverVega-2 launch
Russia (USSR)1984-12-21
1975-11-25
Barstow CA
Moscow International Post Office
(Space Voyage) cachet on coverVega-2 launch; also "Vega-1" (in text)
Kosmos-782 launch
Vega-2 (events)
Spain1985-06-15Madrid(Space Voyage) cachet on coverVega-2 balloon landing; also "Vega-1" (in text)


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