Dedication Ceremony Announced for 1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin achieved something that had long been confined to the realm of science fiction when they landed a spidery spacecraft named Eagle on the Moon. A worldwide audience watched and listened when Armstrong stepped onto the Moon’s surface and famously said, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
On the 50th anniversary of this first Moon landing, two stamp designs commemorate that historic milestone. One stamp features Armstrong’s iconic photograph of Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the Moon. The other stamp, a photograph of the moon taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera from his home in Madison, AL, shows the landing site of the lunar module, Eagle, in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.
The stamp dedication ceremony is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #MoonLandingStamps or #AstronautStamps.
The ceremony will feature addresses given by the following: Thomas J. Marshall, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the United States Postal Service, who will serve as the dedicating official; Steven W. Monteith, Vice President of Marketing for the United States Postal Service; Col. Robert D. Cabana, Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA; and Russell L. (Rusty) Schweickart, former NASA astronaut and scientist.
The event is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2019, at 11 a.m. EDT, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on Merritt Island, Florida. Dedication ceremony attendees are required to RSVP at usps.com/moonlanding.
The 1969: First Moon Landing stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide.
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