MPL

Mars Polar Lander
(MPL) satellite


This page contains philatelic information on the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) 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.

MPL was sent to Mars with a set of two space probes, named Deep Space-2 (DS-2). However, all contact with both MPL and DS-2 was lost after landing.

Despite the similar name, the mission of the Deep Space-1 (DS-1) satellite was very different from that of DS-2. DS-1 had a primary asteroid-exploration mission and a secondary cometary-exploration mission.

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)
MPL MPL MPL
MPL (on other than MPL launch covers)


Below is a list of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Mars Polar Lander (MPL)
Albania2883 (Mi3317)From MS10 (2883a (10x 2883)), also annotated2009MPL
Albania2884aOn 2883 stamp in booklet pane of 3 (2882-2884), with booklet outside (front and back), also annotated
Central African RepublicUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2019"20th anniv. MPL" (in French text)
Central African RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
Comoro Islands1009b (Mi1947)One of MS6 (1009 (a-f)) (Mi1946-1951)2008"Mars Polar" Lander
Maldive IslandsMi8590-8593_ms4MS4 (Mi8590-8593)201920th anniv. "Mars Polar Lander"; also the Mars Surveyor '98 program logo (includes a depiction of MPL) in Mi8593
Maldive IslandsBL1379SS1
Maldive IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)202020th anniv. "Mars Polar Lander", 1999
Maldive IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)SS120th anniv. "Mars Polar Lander", 1999; also the Mars Surveyor '98 program logo (includes a depiction of MPL)
Mali936d (Mi1940)
i936d
One of MS9 (936 (a-i)) (Mi1937-1945)
From imperforate MS9 (i936 (a-i))
1997(early-design) MPL
Niger1076d (Mi1911A)
i1076d (Mi1911B)
One of MS9 (1076 (a-i)) (Mi1908-1916)
One of imperforate MS9 (i1076 (a-i))
2001
Palau412 (BL47)SS11996 Mars Surveyor '98 Lander (became the MPL); it, together with the Mars Surveyor '98 Orbiter (which became the MCO), formed the Mars Surveyor '98 program
Palau412 fdcSS1 on FDC
Palau501c (Mi1458)Two stamps and (upper-right) margin of MS6 (501 (a-f)) (Mi1456-1461)1999"Mars Polar Lander" (stamp 'c'); "Deep Space-2" (stamp 'd'); Mars Surveyor '98 program logo (includes a depiction of MPL) (in upper-right margin)
Palau501d (Mi1459)
Palau504 (BL85)SS1"Mars Polar Lander"
Sierra LeoneUnknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)201920th anniv. "Mars Polar Lander"; also the Mars Surveyor '98 program logo (includes a depiction of MPL) in stamp 'a'
Sierra LeoneUnknown ss (BL?)SS1
Somali RepublicUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2005


Below is a list of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) satellite launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
1999-01-03: Mars Polar Lander (MPL)
United States1999-01-03Cape Canaveral FL(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 launch
MPL (events)
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (JPL) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost
United States1999-12-03Pasadena CA(Landing Station) cancel and (JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverMPL and DS-2 contact lost
MPL (on other than MPL launch covers)
United States1998-12-11Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on MCO launch coverMPL (depicted in the cachet, which reproduces the Mars Surveyor '98 program logo)


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