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Sunday, March 24, 2019

U.S. Postal Service Unveils 1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

Credit: United States Postal Service/NASA

In honor of the 50th anniversary since man landed on the moon, The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its two new stamp designs for their "Forever" collection about the Apollo 11 mission on Wednesday.

Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, one stamp displays the famous picture of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the lunar surface while the other shows a photograph of the moon indicating the landing site of Apollo 11's "Eagle" lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility. 

"One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon. The image was taken by astronaut Neil Armstrong. The other stamp, a photograph of the moon taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera of Huntsville, AL, shows the landing site of the lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot. The selvage includes an image of the lunar module," The U.S. Postal Service wrote on its website.

It is still unknown when the stamps will be issued, but the U.S. Postal Service said additional details will later reveal the date, time and location for the first-day-of issue ceremony. 

Since man first landed on the moon, there have been a few stamps honoring the historic mission. 

Shortly after Apollo 11, the U.S. Postal Service issued a $0.10 stamp in 1969 featuring a graphic of an astronaut touching down on the surface of the moon with the Earth in the background.

Then for the 25th anniversary, a "First Moon Landing" stamp was issued picturing an astronaut holding the American flag while saluting. 

The United States Mint also released a collection of commemorative coins earlier this year to celebrate the first moon landing. Those interested, can choose from a selection of four different coins on their website, catalog.usmint.gov. 



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