The US Postal Service (USPS) will issue some very special stamps to celebrate the first moon landing 50 years ago.
On July 19, 2019 – the day before the historic anniversary – USPS issue two new "forever stamps" to honor Apollo 11 landing which saw astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin down safely surface.
Forever stamps are a USPS concept created in 2007. service calls them "non-denominational" postage for first class service, which means that if the first class post interest rate increases after the customer purchases the stamps , the buyer can still use the same stamps.
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Each of the two new stamp designs shows a picture representing Apollo 11 landing . The first is based on Armstrong's iconic image of Aldrin – and his own reflection – during one of their moon walks. The other shows a picture of the moon, with the Apollo 11 landing point marked with a yellow dot. Both stamps were designed by Antonio Alcalá, USPS art director.
To mark the release, the stamps will be free on July 19 for all visitors to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Apollo / Saturn V Center (which requires a short bus ride from the main complex). 11 EDT. USPS also plans to broadcast live on NASA TVs from the Kennedy Space Center and other "remote locations" later in the day.
When Apollo 11 was launched, USPS had arranged for a stamped envelope to fly with the astronauts to postmark it on the moon. But Aldrin and Armstrong forgot to do so until they were on their way home, according to a 2013 Space.com article .
The USPS finally got its "moon mail" under Apollo 15 in August 1971, when Commander David Scott postmarked an envelope during his third and final outing on the lunar rover. USPS, from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 miles) away from Scott, issued the same stamps on the ground.
This "moon post" differs from another set of stamps Apollo 15 crew postmarked without NASA's knowledge. When a dealer started selling the envelopes, the agency changed its rules on what astronauts could do with them during space flights, according to collectSPACE .