Rosetta orbiter

Rosetta
and
Philae

Rosetta lander
Rosetta orbiterRosetta lander / Philae

This page contains philatelic information on the Rosetta and Philae 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.

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)
Rosetta and Philae
(ESA)
Rosetta and Philae
(ESA)
Rosetta and Philae
(ESA)


Below is a list of Rosetta and Philae satellite postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Rosetta and Philae (ESA)
Ascension Island1128 (Mi?)2014"Rosetta" launch
Ascension Island1129 (Mi?)"Rosetta"
Ascension Island1130 (Mi?)Rosetta, "Philae"
Ascension Island1131 (Mi?)"Philae"
Ascension Island1128-1131 fdcFour stamps and (pictorial) cancel and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC(As above for stamps)
Ascension Island1132 (BL?)SS1"Rosetta", Philae
BeninUnknown b (Mi none)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014"Rosetta" launch (also launch date in text)
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown b proof
Unknown ib proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof_fdc
MS4 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof and cachet on FDC
BeninUnknown d (Mi none)
Unknown id
One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014"Philae"
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps and cachet on FDC
BeninUnknown d proof
Unknown id proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof on FDC
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 Islands1010 (BL450)In (upper-left) margin of SS12008"Rosetta"
DjiboutiUnknown ms (Mi none)On one stamp and one label of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels) [known illegal issue]2014"Rosetta"
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown iss (BL none)Imperforate SS1 [known illegal issue]
FranceNone1+label1On label with (Historiaphil) private post stamp2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
FranceNone2+label2On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone3+label3On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone4+label4On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceNone5+label5On label (different) with (Historiaphil) private post stamp (different)
FranceMi8049_ms15In (surrounding) margin of MS15 (15x Mi8049), also annotated2021Philae lander [#12]
GabonUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2018"Rosetta" launched by "Ariane 5" flight "V.158"
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel2004"Rosetta"
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel on cover2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
GermanyUnknown (Mi?)From MS10 (10x unknown)2019"Rosetta"
Great Britain3116 (Mi3369)From presentation pack (3113-3118) (Mi3366-3371)2012"Rosetta" (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 BritainNone(Text) cancel2014"first ever landing on a comet" (Philae)
Grenada Carriacou2205d essayOne of MS6 (2205 essay (a-f))2000"Rosetta" (but Mars Express depicted)
Guinea Republic2226a fdc (BL820A fdc)(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2003Rosetta, Philae
Guinea Republic2230 (Mi4049A)
i2230 (Mi4049B)

Imperforate
2003"Rosetta"
Guinea Republic2230a (BL813A)
i2230a (BL813B)
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 (BL none)
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 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet 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 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2008
Guinea-BissauMi7509-7512_ms4MS4 (Mi7509-7512)2014"Rosetta" and "Philae"
Guinea-BissauMi7509-7512_ms4 fdcMS4 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
IsraelNoneOn label and in (left) margin of private post MS12 + 12 labels2015"Philae"
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown a (Mi none)Stamps from and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2011"Rosetta" (orbiter), same design as Mali Unknown a (2012) and St. Thomas Unknown (2004); Philae (Rosetta lander); Rosetta logo (in lower-right margin)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown b (Mi?)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown c (Mi?)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown a-d fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown a proofStamps from and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 proof (a-d)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown b proof
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown c proof
Maldive IslandsBL767SS12015
Maldive IslandsBL767 fdcSS1 and cachet on FDCRosetta (on SS1); Philae (in cachet)
MaliUnknown a (Mi none)One stamp and in (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2012"Rosetta" (orbiter), same design as Malagasy Unknown a (2011) and St. Thomas Unknown (2004); Rosetta logo (in lower-right margin)
Nevis1857 (Mi?)MS4 (1857 (a-d))2015"Rosetta Mission"
Nevis1858 (BL?)SS1
Ossetia (South)Unknown1 (Mi?)From MS102009
Ossetia (South)Unknown2 (Mi?)
Ossetia (South)Unknown ms fdcMS10 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown (Mi?)One of MS3 (a-c)2004Rosetta; same design as Malagasy Unknown a (2011) and Mali Unknown a (2012)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdcMS3 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdcOne of three stamps and (multi-color printed) cachet (design like stamp) on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown proofSigned proof (3 stamps)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (Mi?)MS9 (a-i), which contains three of the same stamps as MS3
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdcMS9 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince Islands1834a_ss (BL?)In (upper) margin of SS1 (1834a) (Mi3464)2008"Rosetta"
Union Island (St. Vincent)Unknown ms (Mi?)MS4 (a-d)2019"Rosetta-Philae"
Union Island (St. Vincent)Unknown ss (BL?)SS1
Uruguay2593 (BL135)In (lower-center) margin of MS3 (2593 (a-c))2017"Rosetta" (in text only)
Uruguay2593 fdcMS3 on FDC


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

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
2004-03-02: Rosetta and Philae (ESA)
French Guiana2004-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverRosetta launch
French Guiana2004-03-02Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverRosetta launch
Gabon2004-03-02Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverRosetta launch
Rosetta and Philae (events)
French Guiana2007-11-13Kourou(KPS?) cachet on coverRosetta Earth overflight
France2014-08-06Toulouse-Rangueil(La Marianne/Astrophil) cachet on coverRosetta enters orbit around comet 67P/C-G (the first manmade object ever to orbit a comet)
France2014-11-12Toulouse-Rangueil(La Marianne/Astrophil) cachet on coverPhilae lander on comet 67P/C-G
French Guiana2014-11-12Kourou(Historiaphil) cachet on coverPhilae lander on comet 67P/C-G
France2015-06-14Toulouse-Rangueil(La Marianne/Astrophil) cachet on cover"Philae wakes up, 13 June 2015, 2028 GMT"
Germany2016-09-30Darmstadt(La Marianne/Astrophil) cachet on cover"30 Sept 2016: Controlled impact of Rosetta with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko"
United States2016-09-30GSFC, Greenbelt MD(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverRosetta "End of Mission"
United States2016-09-30Pasadena CA(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverRosetta "End of Mission"


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