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New Zealand Post is honoring the country’s space pioneers on stamps that are “dusted with a sprinkling of crushed meteorite, to make them truly out of this world!” The five stamps will be issued May 1.

Also, the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing will be among the U.S. space achievements recognized on a souvenir sheet issued at the same time. This sheet was printed with what New Zealand Post calls a mesmerizing lenticular 3D effect.

The five New Zealand Space Pioneers stamps are se-tenant (joined together) in a vertical strip to form a composite design of a rocket about to lift off.

The nose cone of the rocket is shown on the top stamp, a $1.20 domestic-rate stamp honoring Beatrice Hill Tinsley (1941-81). In its “Overlooked” series of obituaries, The New York Times called her the “world’s leading expert on the aging and evolution of galaxies.”

Born in England, Tinsley immigrated with her family to New Zealand after World War II. In 1963, she moved with her husband, physicist Brian Tinsley, to Dallas, Texas. She became the first female professor of astronomy at Yale University in 1978.

On the stamp, a photographic portrait of Tinsley is shown on the rocket fragment. Her name is inscribed above the portrait and the one-word description “cosmologist” below.

According to New Zealand Post, the meteor dust is affixed around the portrait. The dust appears as gray dots in the publicity image of the se-tenant stamps shown nearby.

The next stamp, another $1.20 denomination, commemorates Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin as the discoverers of 41 minor planets. A minor planet this husband and wife team discovered in 1981 is named after Tinsley.

The $2.40 stamp in the middle of the strip of five honors Charles Gifford (1861-1948) as “New Zealand’s most outstanding astronomer in the first half of the 20th century.” New Zealand Post also said, “Using mathematics, he showed that the Moon’s craters were made by meteorite impact.”

Pictured on the $3 stamp is Albert Jones (1920-2013) with the description “visual astronomer.”

An amateur astronomer, Jones built his own telescope in 1948, eventually looking at more than 500,000 stars. Among his discoveries or co-discoveries were two comets and a supernova. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to astronomy.

The final stamp, a $3.60 denomination, shows the bottom of the rocket surrounded by flames at liftoff and honors rocket scientist William Pickering (1910-2004).

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Pickering immigrated to the United States in 1929, becoming a citizen in 1941. He served as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., from 1954-76.

“Dr. Pickering was one of the titans of our nation’s space program, Charles Elachi, director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 2001-16, said in the announcement of Pickering’s death. “It was his leadership that took America into space and opened up the moon and planets to the world.”

The 3D lenticular souvenir sheet includes four $4 stamps in two vertical se-tenant pairs.

The two bottom stamps are related to the moon landing. The stamp on the left depicts the first moon walk on July 20, 1969. Like one of the two forever stamps to be issued July 19 by the U.S. Postal Service, the design is based on a photograph of astronaut Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstong.

New Zealand Post describes the stamp in the lower right as showing “the lightweight craft Apollo Lunar Module, used to transport astronauts to the Moon’s surface.”

The U.S. space shuttle program is commemorated on the stamp in the upper right; and Voyager 1, the first spacecraft to reach interstellar space, is featured on the stamp in the upper left.

New Zealand Post describes the selvage of the sheet as showing “the Solar System, a comet, nebula and the galaxy with exoplanets, and New Zealand’s history-making Electron rocket by Rocket Lab.”

Sam Taylor designed the souvenir sheet. Cartor Security Printers printed it by offset lithography with an added lenticular 3D effect.

Southern Colour Print of Dunedin, New Zealand, printed the five New Zealand Pioneers of Space stamps in sheets of 25. According to New Zealand Post, they were printed by lithography with “four process colours plus ground meteor dust applied to overgloss.” Hannah Fortune of New Zealand Post designed the stamps.

New Zealand Post isn’t the first postal administration to use meteor dust on a stamp. In 2006, Austria issued a souvenir sheet with a single €3.75 stamp with embedded meteorite particles (Scott 2042).

Norway also included meteorite dust on the two Europa stamps in its 2009 souvenir sheet commemorating the International Year of Astronomy (Scott 1585a).

For more information on the New Zealand Space Pioneers stamps and souvenir sheet, visit the website https://stamps.nzpost.co.nz; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to the Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post Lt., Private Bag 3001, Whanganui 4541, New Zealand.

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Two forever stamps will be issued to celebrate the 1969 manned moon landing by the crew of Apollo 11. The issue date has not been announced.

The United States Postal Service will issue two forever stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

No issue date or location was announced for the nondenominated (55¢) stamps. The format in which the stamps will be issued also was not revealed.

“One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon,” the Postal Service stated in a March 13 press release. “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, Ala., 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.”

USPS art director Antonio Alcala designed the stamps.

On July 21, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon after the Apollo 11 lunar landing module Eagle carried them to the surface from the orbiting command module Columbia, piloted by Michael Collins.

The historic event was broadcast live on televisions around the world. The three astronauts returned to Earth safely three days later, on July 24.

While numerous living individuals have been depicted on U.S. stamps, the stamp picturing Aldrin is unusual in that its still-living subject was acknowledged and named by the Postal Service.

The current USPS stamp subject selection criteria says that “Living people will not be considered at the present time.”

Armstrong, the photographer, can be seen on the stamp in the reflection on the visor of Aldrin’s helmet.

Aldrin celebrated his 89th birthday in January. Michael Collins will turn 89 in October.

Neil Armstrong died at age 82 in 2012.

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Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:00

Space Stamps – The Final Frontier

I think space stamps collecting is great fun. I think this is because I remember being excited about the first moon landing. Space is such a fascinating subject and there many stamps dedicated to it , which makes them great topical stamps to collect.

Space has always fascinated me and that is probably why I like space stamps. Born in the 1960s I remember the first moon landing and thinking I could see one of the astronauts, possibly Neil Armstrong, waving from the moon. I think it is one of man’s great achievements. I have included a video below of the moon landing below to relive that great moment.

One of my favorite space stamps is the 10-cent American 1969 stamp of the moon landing called the First Man on the Moon which shows the historic moment when an astronaut steps down from the landing craft on to the moon. The actual dye for the stamp travelled with the astronauts to the moon. It is rightly considered one of the top 100 greatest American stamps.

Here is just a small selection of American space stamps:

The first space stamp issued by the United States was issued in 1948, which commemorated the Fort Bliss Centennial depicting a rocket blasting off.

In 1962, the first American in space was commemorated with the Project Mercury stamp that was held under lock and key until John Glenn safely splashed down.

In 1967, the first spacewalk of an American was commemorated with a double stamp with one showing the spacecraft and the other the astronaut (Edward Higgins White II).

Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz test, mission to Mars, space shuttle, and the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11 are some of the other achievements honored. The next stamp planned to be issued is to honor the first Mercury Probe and first American space astronaut, Alan Shepard, Jr., which is to be issued as a double stamp.

However, the US is not the only county to issue space stamps, nor is it the only country in space, of course. The Russians played a big part in the space race to the moon. China and Europe are now active in space too. Hopefully, it will not be too long until we are back on the moon and on our way to Mars.

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