Stardust

Stardust and Deep Impact
(and other USA
cometary-exploration satellites)

Deep Impact lander
StardustDeep Impact

This page contains philatelic information on the Stardust and Deep Impact (and other USA 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)
Contour
(USA)
Contour
(USA)
Deep Impact / EPOXI
(USA)
Deep Impact / EPOXI
(USA)
Deep Impact / EPOXI
(USA)


Below is a list of Stardust and Deep Impact (and other USA 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 (BL817A)
i2227a (BL817B)
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 (Mi4051A)
i2228 (Mi4051B)

Imperforate
"Deep Space"-1
Guinea Republic2228a (BL815A)
i2228a (BL815B)
On stamp of SS1 (2228)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2228)
Guinea Republic2228a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2228b (BL none)
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 fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet on FDC2019Stardust logo
Congo RepublicUnknown ms fdc(Multi-color printed) cachet 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 (Mi4055A)
i2225 (Mi4055B)

Imperforate
2003"Stardust"
Guinea Republic2225a (BL819A)
i2225a (BL819B)
On stamp of SS1 (2225)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i2225)
Guinea Republic2225a fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea Republic2225b (BL none)
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
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 MS202011"Stardust-NExT"
Deep Impact / EPOXI (USA)
Grenada3605 (BL754)
i3605
SS1
Imperforate SS1
2006"Deep Impact"
Guinea Republic2225a (BL819A)
i2225a (BL819B)
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 CoastMi1415A
Mi1415B
From MS6 (6x Mi1415BA)
From imperforate MS6 (6x Mi1415B)
2005
Ivory CoastBL110A
BL110B
On stamp of SS1 (Mi1415A)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (Mi1415B)
Ivory CoastBL113AOne of MS4 (Mi1414-1417)
Liberia2440 (BL540)SS12006"Deep Impact"
Madagascar (Malagasy Republic)Unknown d (Mi none)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 none)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 Deep Impact (and other USA 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 (USA)
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
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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