On Wednesday, in honour of the 50th anniversary since the first moon landing, the US Postal Service (USPS) revealed its two new stamp designs for their ‘Forever’ collection about the Apollo 11 mission.
USPS on Wednesday even stated that through the two new stamps they are going to observe the lunar landing mission of Apollo 11 by astronauts like Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin in 1969. In fact, the stamps are going to celebrate a notable milestone.
Designed by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá, one stamp features the famous picture of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the lunar surface; whereas the other stamp displays a photograph of the moon showing the landing site of Apollo 11’s “Eagle” lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility.
The first picture of Aldrin was taken by fellow astronaut Armstrong, whose reflection could be seen in Aldrin’s spacesuit helmet’s visor. The second photo of the moon was taken in 2010 by Alabama-based amateur astronomer Gregory Revera.
However, it’s still unclear when the stamps would be issued. The US Postal Service states that further details would be provided later on, which includes the time and location of the stamp-issue ceremony.
Sharply 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. Later on, for the 25th anniversary, a “First Moon Landing” stamp was issued which pictured an astronaut holding the American flag and saluting. For space historians and coin collectors alike, the US Mint has also revealed a limited edition coin depicting the image of Aldrin’s boot print on the moon.