USPS Celebrates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New Stamps

first_imgStay on target Get the point across with the WTF stamp It’s been nearly 50 years since Neil Armstrong took the first small step on the Moon.To commemorate the historic milestone, the U.S. Postal Service this week unveiled two stamp designs celebrating the July 1969 Moon landing.One features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit, the surface of Earth’s satellite—and photographer Armstrong—reflected in his helmet.The other shows the Moon as captured in 2010 by Gregory Revera of Huntsville, Ala.; a yellow dot indicates the famous Sea of Tranquility landing site.Antonio Alcalá, art director for the USPS stamp development program, hid an image of the lunar module in the selvage (outer edge) of the postage.Details including a release date, time, and location for the Forever-denomination stamps’ first-day-of-issue have not been revealed.This isn’t the Postal Service’s first Apollo 11 rodeo.In September 1969, less than two months after the mission ended, the government agency celebrated with a 10-cent “First Man on the Moon” airmail stamp, designed by artist Paul Calle. Two decades later, his son Chris produced a $2.40 stamp depicting Armstrong and Aldrin planting the U.S. flag.The Calles were re-commission in 1994 to create a pair of 25th anniversary postage stamps, showing astronauts saluting the Stars and Stripes, according to collectSPACE.USPS recognized 30 years of history in 1999 with a 33-cent “Man Walks On the Moon” stamp, featuring an astronaut’s boot print in the lunar soil. It was released as part of the “Celebrate The Century” program with other stamps honoring the 1960s.Now, the pair of “1969 First Moon Landing” collectibles share a common theme with Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coins, introduced early this year by the U.S. Mint.It’s been a year of celebrations, starting with NASA’s recent publication of behind-the-scenes audio from the historic Apollo 11 mission.The eight-day, three-hour operation that launched Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into space—and history—required round-the-clock communications by a global support team.Hundreds of audio conversations were occurring every minute of the excursion.And while air-to-ground “loops” between the Apollo 11 crew and Mission Control were released to the public as they happened in 1969, approximately 170 “backroom loops”—where experts discussed details of their systems, and sometimes their lives—have been locked in storage for nearly five decades.With the help of the University of Texas at Dallas, NASA digitized the recordings, and last year made all 19,000 hours of audio available to download and listen.More on NASA Lost Apollo 11 Moon Dust, Lunar Rover Prototype50 Years On, Untouched Moon Samples Set for StudyNASA Spots ‘Hopping’ Liquid Water on Moon’s Surfacelast_img


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