Mars Express

Mars Express
satellite

Mars Express (patch)
Mars ExpressMars Express (patch)

This page contains philatelic information on the Mars Express 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.

The Mars Express mission also included the Beagle-2 lander which was due to land on Mars on 25 December 2003. The spacecraft was successfully ejected from Mars Express on 19 December 2003, but nothing was ever heard from Beagle 2 and the mission was presumed lost.

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)
Mars Express
(ESA)
Mars Express
(ESA)
Mars Express
(ESA)


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

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Mars Express (ESA)
Antigua and Barbuda2360c (Mi3183)One of MS6 (2360 (a-f)) (Mi3181-3186)2000"Mars Express" (with lander (Beagle-2) attached; also solar panels appear short, so may be early design); design same as Nevis 1213f
BurundiBL501A
BL501B
In (lower-right) margin of SS1 (Mi3481A)
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1 (Mi3481B)
2014"Mars Express"
ChadBL403In (lower-left) margin of SS1, silver foil2003
ChadUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Mars Express"; design like Madagascar unknown c (2011)
Congo (Democratic Republic)BL228In (upper-right) margin of SS12004"Mars Express"
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi?)On one stamp and one label and in (left) margin of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels)2014"Mars Express" and logo
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown iss (BL?)Imperforate SS1
GabonUnknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2015"Mars Express"
GabonUnknown essayMS4 (a-d) essay
GabonUnknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
GabonUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel2003"Mars Express"
Great Britain3115 (Mi3368)From presentation pack (3113-3118) (Mi3366-3371)2012"Mars Express" (in text and presentation pack front)
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc1One of six stamps and (Tallents House, Edinburgh) cancel on FDC (Royal Mail cachet), also annotated cancel
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc2One of six stamps on FDC (Star Gaerwen, Gwynedd cancel, Royal Mail cachet)
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc3One of six stamps on FDC (Sunbeam Way, Birmingham cancel, Royal Mail cachet)
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc4One of six stamps on FDC (Picadilly, London cancel, Royal Mail cachet)
Great Britain3113-3118 fdc5One of six stamps on FDC (Macclesfield, Cheshire cancel, Cotswold Covers/BPCPA cachet)
Great BritainNoneCachet on cover2012(possible) Mars Express
Grenada Carriacou2205d (Mi3194)One of MS6 (2205 (a-f)) (Mi3191-3196)2000Mars Express (not "Explorer-16", as in text)
Grenada Carriacou2205d essayOne of MS6 (2205 essay (a-f))Mars Express (not "Rosetta", as in text)
Guinea Republic2224b fdc (Mi4054 fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2003"Mars Express" (with lander (Beagle-2) attached and solar panels folded); design same as Rwanda unknown a (2012)
Guinea Republic2242 (BL821A)
i2242 (BL821B)
In (lower) margin of SS1
In (lower) margin of imperforate SS1
2003"Mars Express", "Mars Express lander" (Beagle-2)
Guinea Republic2242 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi4102A
Mi4102B
One of MS3 (Mi4100A-4102A)
One of imperforate MS3 (Mi4100B-4102B)
2004"Mars Express", "Beagle-2"; also portions of Beagle-2 (in lower margin of the MS3)
Guinea RepublicBL852A
BL852B
SS1
Imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicBL852A fdcSS1 and cachet on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5289-5294_ms6In (upper-right) margin of MS6 (Mi5289-5294)2007
Guinea RepublicMi5289-5294_ms6 fdcMS6 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1482In (upper-left) margin of SS1"Mars Express"
Guinea-BissauUnknown f (Mi3998)One of MS6 (a-f) (Mi3993-3998)2008Mars Express, "Beagle-2"; stamp is same design as cachet detail on Guinea-Bissau Mi3930A-3935A_ms6 fdc
Guinea-BissauBL680In (lower-left) margin of SS1"Beagle-2"
Guinea-BissauMi3930A-3935A_ms6 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC, also cachet detail2008Mars Express and Beagle-2; cachet detail is same design as Guinea-Bissau Unknown f (2008)
Ivory CoastUnknown d (Mi?)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011"Mars Express"
Ivory CoastUnknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown c (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Mars Express" (but Venus Express depicted)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown c (Mi?)
Unknown ic
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011Design like Chad unknown c (2011)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown ms fdc
Unknown ims fdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown b (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2011"Mars Express"
MadagascarUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left and lower-right) margins of SS1 [known illegal issue]2018Mars Express and Beagle-2
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)MS2 (a-b) [known illegal issue]2018"Mars Express" (on both stamps) and "Beagle-2" (in lower-left margin)
MaliUnknown ss (BL?)SS1 with stamp [known illegal issue]Also the "MARSIS1" instrument (in the stamp) carried by Mars Express
Mongolia2401D (Mi3039-3047)In (upper-left) margin of MS9 (2401D (a-i))1999(possible) Mars Express
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS12007"Mars Express" (upper-right margin); "Beagle-2" lander in its heat shield after release from Mars Express (upper-left margin); Beagle-2 lander and parachute (left margin); various drawings of the Beagle-2 lander on Mars surface (lower-left, lower and lower-right margins)
MozambiqueUnknown iss plusImperforate SS1 (same) and 4 progressive proofs
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss fdcImperforate SS1 on FDC
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss plusImperforate SS1 (same) and 4 progressive proofs
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
MozambiqueUnknown iss (BL?)In (surrounding) margins of imperforate SS1 (different)
Nevis1213e (Mi1573)
i1213e
From MS6 (1213 (a-f)) (Mi1569-1574)
From imperforate MS6 (i1213 (a-f))
2000"Mars Express Lander" (Beagle-2)
Nevis1213f (Mi1574)
i1213f
"Mars Express" (with lander (Beagle-2) attached; also solar panels appear short, so may be early design); design same as Antigua and Barbuda 2360c
RwandaUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2012"Mars Express" (with lander (Beagle-2) attached and solar panels folded); design same as cachet on Guinea Republic 2224b fdc
Sierra Leone3356b (Mi6275)One of MS4 (3356 (a-d)) (Mi6274-6277)2015"Mars Express"

1"MARSIS" (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) is an instrument carried by Mars Express. Its subsurface and ionospheric sounding functions are schematically depicted in the stamp contained in Mali Unknown ss (2018) [known illegal issue].


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
2003-06-02: Mars Express (ESA)
Kazakhstan2003-06-02Baikonur(ESA) cachet on coverMars Express launch
Russia2003-06-02Baikonur(Lollini) cachet on coverMars Express launch
Mars Express (events)
Germany2003-12-25Darmstadt(Multi-color printed and ESA logo) cachet on coverBeagle-2 landing
French Guiana2004-01-19Kourou(ESA) cachet on coverfirst image from Mars Express
French Guiana2005-06-23Kourou(ESA) cachet on coverMARSIS, the Mars Express radar, ready to go to work


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