Stardust

Stardust and Rosetta
(and other
cometary-exploration satellites)

Rosetta lander
StardustRosetta lander

This page contains philatelic information on the Stardust and Rosetta (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)


Below is a list of Stardust and Rosetta (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" and lander (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_ms3In (lower-right) margin of MS3 (Mi9440-9442)2012"Deep Space-1"
Palau534 (BL107)On stamp of SS12000Deep Space-4 / Champollion and lander (original concept) [canceled]
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]
St. Vincenti2793 fdcImperforate MS6 on FDC
United StatesNone(FLorex Station) cancel1998"Deep Space-1"
Stardust / NExT (USA)
Congo RepublicUnknown ms fdcCachet on FDC2019Stardust logo
Congo RepublicUnknown ms fdcCachet on FDC
GermanyNone(Pictorial) cancel2006"Stardust"
Grenada3604 (BL755)
i3604
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Stardust"
Guinea RepublicMi39962002
Guinea RepublicMi3995-3996_ms2On one of MS2 (Mi3995-3996)
Guinea RepublicMi3996_ms3MS3 (3x Mi3996 + label)
Guinea RepublicMi3996_ms3 fdcMS3 and cachet on FDC
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)
i2794
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2000"Stardust"
St. Vincenti2794 proofImperforate proof SS1
St. Vincenti2794 proof fdcImperforate proof SS1 and cachet (same design as SS1) on FDC
SomaliaUnknown f (Mi?)One of MS6 (a-f)2004Stardust (in lower-right) in an inappropriate (bogus) setting, on Mars surface!
United StatesNone(Mission Operations Station) cancel1999"Stardust"
United StatesNone(Zazzle.com) personalized postage, from sheet of 202011"Stardust-NExT"
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?)
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?)
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?)On one stamp and one label of MS2 (a-b + 2 labels)2014"Rosetta"
DjiboutiUnknown fdcMS2 on FDC
DjiboutiUnknown iss (BL?)Imperforate SS1
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)
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 (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-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?)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?)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 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
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 RepublicMi6513A
Mi6513B
One of MS6 (Mi6512A-6517A)
Imperforate
2009"Deep Impact"
Ivory CoastMi1416A
Mi1416B
From MS6
From imperforate MS6
2005
Ivory CoastBL113AOne of MS4 (Mi1414-1417)
Liberia2440 (BL540)SS12006"Deep Impact"
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2011"Deep Impact", same design as Mali Unknown d (2012)
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown fdc
Unknown ifdc
MS4 on FDC
Imperforate MS4 and cachet on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown a-d fdcFour stamps on FDC
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown d proofOne of MS4 proof (a-d)
MaliUnknown d (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d) [known illegal issue]2012"Deep Impact", same design as Malagasy Republic Unknown d (2011)
MozambiqueBL204-206 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC, also annotated cachet20062(possible) Deep Impact
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
SS1 (on stamp and in right margin) [possible illegal issue]
Imperforate SS1
2005
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc
Unknown iss fdc1
Unknown iss fdc2
Stamp from SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC
Imperforate SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC (blue cancel)
Imperforate SS1 and (multi-color printed) cachet on FDC (red cancel)
Sierra Leone2875 (BL626)
i2875
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Deep Impact"
Sierra Leone2876 error (BL628 error)SS1 with error(incorrect 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"

1Deep Space-1 had a secondary cometary-exploration mission, in addition to a primary asteroid-exploration 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.
2The 50th anniversary of Europa was in 2006 and the Michel catalogue and most other information sources give 2006 as the year of issue of these stamps. The exception is Lollini, with a year of issue of 2005 in his catalogue and FDCs, but that appears to be an error. The authors list this set with the year 2006.


Below is a list of Stardust and Rosetta (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) [failed]
United States2002-07-03Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverContour launch
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"
2005-01-12: Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA)
United States2005-01-12Pasadena CA(JPL Stamp Club) cachet on coverDeep Impact launch
United States2005-01-12Pasadena CA(JPL Mission Control) cachet on coverDeep Impact launch
Deep Impact / EPOXI (events)
French Guiana2005-04-07Kourou(KPS?) 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(Multi-color 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-exploration mission, in addition to a primary asteroid-exploration 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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