#3190a – 2000 33c Celebrate the Century - 1980s: Space Shuttle Program

 
U.S. #3190a
33¢ Space Shuttle Program
Celebrate the Century – 1980s


Issue Date: January 12, 2000
City: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Quantity: 6,000,000
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method:
Lithographed
Perforations:
11.5
Color: Multicolored
 
During the 1970s, NASA scientists and engineers began developing a manned spacecraft that could be reused. The goal was to create a vehicle that was launched like a rocket, but landed like an airplane. This dream came true on April 12, 1981, when the United States launched Columbia, the first space shuttle.
 
Each shuttle was designed to be used more than 100 times to carry satellites, space probes, and other heavy loads into orbit. Additionally, the space shuttle could retrieve satellites that needed servicing. Sometimes the astronauts repaired the satellites in space, while others were brought back to Earth.
 
The 25th space shuttle mission ended in great tragedy. On January 28, 1986, seventy-three seconds after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven of its crew members. Manned space flights were postponed until September 1988, when a re-designed space shuttle, the Discovery, was launched.
 
The reliable record and cost efficiency of the space shuttle program has enabled the world’s space powers to begin plans for an international space station. With the ability to carry up to seven astronauts and 65,000 pounds, space shuttles will provide the regular transportation from Earth to the space station.
 
Read More - Click Here


  • Imperforate Stamp Club Introductory Offer - 2015 49c A Charlie Brown Christmas Join Mystic's Imperforate Stamp Club and Save 30%

    Collect some of the scarcest US stamps issued in the last decade.  From 2012 to 2016, the USPS issued extremely limited quantities of imperforate stamps (as few as 10,000 in some cases).  On sale for just four years, it can be difficult to find them anywhere today.

    $18.95
    BUY NOW
  • 450 Black Mounts, Split-back, containing one pack each of MM501 through MM509 450 Archival-Quality Mystic Mounts

    Mystic mounts are the best way to keep your stamps safe and looking great for years to come.  Stamps are held securely in place against a black background – making the colors "pop" and adding definition to perforations.  With this mount package you'll get 50 split-back mounts of each size collectors most commonly use.

    $29.50
    BUY NOW
  • US Stamp Starter Kit U.S. Stamp Starter Kit

    This is a great album to start with because it pictures U.S. stamps that are easy to find and buy.  As a bonus, we’ll include 100 used U.S. stamps, 1,000 hinges for attaching stamps in their album, and Mystic’s Guide to Stamp Collecting – all for FREE.  It’s a terrific value.

    $14.95
    BUY NOW

 

U.S. #3190a
33¢ Space Shuttle Program
Celebrate the Century – 1980s


Issue Date: January 12, 2000
City: Kennedy Space Center, FL
Quantity: 6,000,000
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method:
Lithographed
Perforations:
11.5
Color: Multicolored
 
During the 1970s, NASA scientists and engineers began developing a manned spacecraft that could be reused. The goal was to create a vehicle that was launched like a rocket, but landed like an airplane. This dream came true on April 12, 1981, when the United States launched Columbia, the first space shuttle.
 
Each shuttle was designed to be used more than 100 times to carry satellites, space probes, and other heavy loads into orbit. Additionally, the space shuttle could retrieve satellites that needed servicing. Sometimes the astronauts repaired the satellites in space, while others were brought back to Earth.
 
The 25th space shuttle mission ended in great tragedy. On January 28, 1986, seventy-three seconds after liftoff, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven of its crew members. Manned space flights were postponed until September 1988, when a re-designed space shuttle, the Discovery, was launched.
 
The reliable record and cost efficiency of the space shuttle program has enabled the world’s space powers to begin plans for an international space station. With the ability to carry up to seven astronauts and 65,000 pounds, space shuttles will provide the regular transportation from Earth to the space station.