Thursday, October 25, 2007

50th Anniversary of the Space Age: Space for Humanity

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In recognition of the anniversary of the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik, 50 years ago, on October 25, 2007, the United Nations Postal Administration released a set of six commemorative stamps that celebrate "Space for Humanity."

The commemoratives were offered in denominational pairs:

Two in US dollars with a face value of 41 cents and 90 cents for the UN office in New York

Two in Swiss francs with a face value of F.s. 1,00 and F.s. 1,80 for the UN office in Geneva.

Two in Euros with a face value of €0,65 and €1,15 for the UN office in Vienna.

Each stamp features the inscription 'Space for Humanity' in either English, French or German.

The cent-value stamps depict the U.S. space shuttle and astronauts spacewalking. The franc-value stamps depict the Hubble Space Telescope and the Galileo spacecraft near Jupiter, as well as an astronaut on a spacewalk. The international space station, among other orbiting outposts are shown on the euro-value stamps.