Celebrating 50 years of 'peaceful uses of outer space'. Six brilliant stamps presented by UNPA

June 20th, 2018

FindYourStampsValue.com is eager to present to your attention this brilliant set of six stamps by UNPA issued to mark 50 years since the world first came together to discuss the peaceful uses of outer space. It was UNISPACE I, held in Vienna, Austria in 1968, bringing together 78 countries. These stamps represent humankind’s achievements in space, and the benefits that space exploration brings to all people on Earth. The stamps include images of human space flight and space technology, Earth observation images, space exploration and studies of space.

So, the first stamp in a set showcases a 2011 photograph captured by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the space shuttle Endeavour docked with the orbiting laboratory. The second item reproduces an image of Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft set against the green glow of the Aurora Australis as taken by a member of the space station's Expedition 29 crew also in 2011.

The third stamp represents an image of Egypt as seen from aboard the space station by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly in 2015. "Your colors never cease to amaze!" Kelly commented in a social media. The fourth philatelic item shows the launch of Tiangong-1, China's first prototype space station, on Sept. 29, 2011. The small space lab, which hosted two crews of three Chinese taikonauts each, fell back to Earth and was destroyed in April 2018.

The fifth stamp presents the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. The photo of the large swirling storm was assembled from three frames transmitted by NASA's Voyager 1 interplanetary probe in 1979. The sixth stamp in the set depicts the Milky Way galaxy. The photo, which is focused on an area around the galaxy's center, is a composite of images in X-ray, optical and infrared wavelengths.

Surely, everyone who collect space-themed stamps will be amazed by these stunning designs, which highlight humankind's achievements in space.