2019 First-Class Forever Stamp,First Moon Landing: Buzz Aldrin

# 5399 - 2019 First-Class Forever Stamp - First Moon Landing: Buzz Aldrin

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US #5399
2019 Buzz Aldrin – First Moon Landing

• Pictures astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
• One of two stamps issued in honor of the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  First Moon Landing
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  July 19, 2019
First Day City:  Cape Canaveral, Florida
Quantity Issued:  60,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 24
Tagging:  Phosphor Tagged Overall

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the astronauts who made history in 1969 during the First Moon Landing.

About the stamp design:  Pictures a photograph of Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the Moon. The photograph was taken by fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

About the First Moon Landing set:  In 2019, the USPS issued two stamps in honor of the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing on July 20, 1969. One stamp pictures astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’s surface (taken by Neil Armstrong) and a view of the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. Many other countries around the world also issued stamps for the 50th anniversary in 2019.

History the stamp represents:  On July 21, 1969, history was made when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the Moon. Their achievement was over a decade in the making and the result of the combined efforts of over 400,000 scientists.

The Moon landing was fueled by the Space Race, which began in 1957 when the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite. The US and USSR spent several years working to out-do each other. Then in 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

Thousands of American scientists joined together to achieve Kennedy’s goal. And millions watched anxiously on July 16, 1969, as the Saturn V rocket launched into space. Four days later, the Eagle landing module separated from the Columbia command module and began its descent. As the Eagle approached the lunar surface, the astronauts realized they were traveling faster than expected and would land miles beyond their target. Armstrong took control of the module and landed it with just enough fuel for the return trip.

Hours later, Armstrong took his famous first steps out of the module, stating “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo 11 crew and NASA’s scientists had made history, won the Space Race, and ushered in a new era of space exploration.

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US #5399
2019 Buzz Aldrin – First Moon Landing

• Pictures astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
• One of two stamps issued in honor of the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  First Moon Landing
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  July 19, 2019
First Day City:  Cape Canaveral, Florida
Quantity Issued:  60,000,000
Printed by:  Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 24
Tagging:  Phosphor Tagged Overall

Why the stamp was issued:  To celebrate the astronauts who made history in 1969 during the First Moon Landing.

About the stamp design:  Pictures a photograph of Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the Moon. The photograph was taken by fellow Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

About the First Moon Landing set:  In 2019, the USPS issued two stamps in honor of the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing on July 20, 1969. One stamp pictures astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’s surface (taken by Neil Armstrong) and a view of the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. Many other countries around the world also issued stamps for the 50th anniversary in 2019.

History the stamp represents:  On July 21, 1969, history was made when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took man’s first steps on the Moon. Their achievement was over a decade in the making and the result of the combined efforts of over 400,000 scientists.

The Moon landing was fueled by the Space Race, which began in 1957 when the Soviets launched the first artificial satellite. The US and USSR spent several years working to out-do each other. Then in 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the decade.

Thousands of American scientists joined together to achieve Kennedy’s goal. And millions watched anxiously on July 16, 1969, as the Saturn V rocket launched into space. Four days later, the Eagle landing module separated from the Columbia command module and began its descent. As the Eagle approached the lunar surface, the astronauts realized they were traveling faster than expected and would land miles beyond their target. Armstrong took control of the module and landed it with just enough fuel for the return trip.

Hours later, Armstrong took his famous first steps out of the module, stating “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo 11 crew and NASA’s scientists had made history, won the Space Race, and ushered in a new era of space exploration.