TechnologyApollo 11 commemorative stamps will debut at Kennedy Space Center in July

08:35  30 april  2019
08:35  30 april  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Apollo 11 and its 1969 moon landing will be celebrated with two special stamps from the U.S. Postal Service – and the honors will start right where the historic space flight began.

“The stamps will be dedicated July 19 at the Saturn V Center [at the] Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Merritt Island,” Roy Betts, a corporate communications spokesman for the postal service, said in an email on Monday.

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in a photo taken by fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong before the lunar landing. The massive Saturn V rocket stood an impressive 363 feet (111 meters) tall on Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The Apollo 11 goodwill messages are statements from leaders of 73 countries around the world on a disc about the size of a 50-cent piece made of silicon that was left on the Moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Apollo 11 lifted off from the space center on July 16, 1969 with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong and Aldrin made the historic first moon landing on July 20.

The special Apollo 11 50th anniversary stamps were designed by Antonio Alcalá, art director at the postal service.

“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 postal service noted in a news release. “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.”

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With the advent of robotic and human spaceflight a new era of American history had presented itself. Keeping with the tradition of honoring the country's history on U.S. postage stamps , the U.S. Post Office began honoring the various events with its commemorative postage stamp issues.

Stamps honoring the Apollo 11 mission were a big part of the moon landing — and even included some work for the astronauts during their moon trip.

“Apollo 11 will mark America’s first mail run to the moon,” the Orlando Sentinel reported in a July 10, 1969, story — just days before the launch of the moon mission.

The Apollo 11 astronauts took an engraved master stamp die and special “moon letter” with them to the moon. The letter was hand canceled by the astronauts during their trip with the special postmark reading, “Moon Landing USA, July 20, 1969.”

“Upon return to Earth, [the] die will be used to produce special jumbo-size 10-cent airmail postage stamp commemorating man’s first landing on the moon,” the story said.

The 10-cent 1969 stamp was 50% larger than usual and was dedicated on Sept. 10, 1969, in Washington, when Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins joined Postmaster General Winton Blount in dedicating the stamp.

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On July 14, 1969, a media teleconference was held with the Apollo 11 crew two days before their launch on July 16, 1969. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and

For the 25th anniversary of the moon landing in 1994, the postal service also issued two stamps to commemorate Apollo 11.

“The stamps, designed by the father-and-son team of Paul and Chris Calle, show the same view of an astronaut saluting the U.S. flag on the moon’s surface,” the Sentinel reported in a story on July 23, 1994. “The $9.95 Express Mail stamp gives a larger view of the scene, showing a second astronaut saluting, as well as the Apollo 11 landing module.”

This story is part of an ongoing series exploring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For more Apollo 11 coverage, visit OrlandoSentinel.com/apollo11

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