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Royal Mail Honors Space Science (November 2, 2012)


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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Britain's first contribution to space exploration.

On 26 April 1962, its first satellite, Ariel 1, was launched by NASA, carrying experiments designed by British universities and making Britain the world's third spacefaring nation, after Russia and America. Royal Mail is celebrating with a set of six commemorative stamps, featuring images from European Space Agency missions.

Previous astronomy issues had looked at the distant galaxies, so in this case it was decided to take a more "local" approach and explore our home solar system. Royal Mail's stamp policy team worked closely with ESA to determine the content and select recent images gathered by ESA & NASA space observatories and probes. Below, the series of the commemorative stamps.


(click on each stamp for a larger image)

 

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