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U.S. Air and Space Stamp Gallery

Space Stamps – Missions: Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo


Landing on the Moon, 2000, Scott 3413, Holography
Landing on the Moon, 2000, Scott 3413, Holography
Landing on the Moon, 2000,
Scott 3413, Holography

Vital steps in the U.S. race to the Moon, the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo projects formed a series of missions that quickly built up U.S. spaceflight technology. Project Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard was the first American to go into space, on a suborbital flight. Fellow Mercury astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Project Gemini, named for the twins of Greek mythology, used two-man astronaut crews. Its achievements included the first U.S. spacewalks.

Project Apollo began in tragedy with the loss of three astronauts in a launchpad fire in January 1967. After resuming in October 1968, the manned Apollo missions soon led to the first lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings in history to walk on the surface of the Moon. This event has been commemorated by six U.S. postage stamps to date. The first one, issued in 1969, was printed from a master die taken to the Moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts.

Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1570, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1570, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project,
1975, Scott 1570, Gravure

International Missions
Several joint U.S.-Soviet or U.S.-Russian projects, as well as the 16-nation International Space Station, have been represented in U.S. stamps. In some cases, American and Russian designers have collaborated on the stamps as well. The Apollo-Soyuz stamps of 1975 commemorate that year’s joint exercise, in which an Apollo spacecraft was experimentally docked with a Soviet Soyuz capsule while in Earth orbit. U.S. stamp designer Robert McCall created the first of the two stamps, in which the docking is complete; Soviet designer Anatoly M. Aksamit produced the second stamp, showing the capsules still slightly apart.

An even more unusual project was a block of four stamps (Space Accomplishments issue, Scott 2631-2634) produced in 1992, the year that the Soviet Union was formally dissolved. In these stamps, milestones of the Soviet and U.S. space programs of the past are combined in each design. These stamps were jointly designed by Robert McCall and Russian designer Vladimir Beilin.

The unmanned Hubble Space Telescope is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency.


Project Mercury; issued the day of John Glenn’s Mercury-6 mission (February 20, 1962), 1962, Scott 1193, Engraving
Project Mercury; issued the day of John Glenn’s Mercury-6 mission (February 20, 1962), 1962, Scott 1193, Engraving
Project Mercury, 1962,
Scott 1193, Engraving
'Space twins' stamps; first American spacewalk, during Gemini 4 mission, 1967, Scott 1331 and 1332, Engraving and lithography
“Space twins” stamps; first American spacewalk, during Gemini 4 mission, 1967, Scott 1331 and 1332, Engraving and lithography
“Space twins” stamps, 1967,
Scott 1331 and 1332,
Engraving and lithography
Apollo 8 mission; view of Earth over lunar surface with phrase from text read by the crew on Christmas Eve (1968), 1969, Scott 1371, Engraving
Apollo 8 mission; view of Earth over lunar surface with phrase from text read by the crew on Christmas Eve (1968), 1969, Scott 1371, Engraving
Apollo 8 mission, 1969,
Scott 1371, Engraving
Moon landing (Apollo 11), 1969, Scott C76, Engraving and lithography
Moon landing (Apollo 11), 1969, Scott C76, Engraving and lithography
Apollo 11, 1969, Scott C76,
Engraving and lithography
Lunar Rover and astronauts; issued during Apollo 15 mission, 1971, Scott 1434 and 1435, Engraving and lithography
Lunar Rover and astronauts; issued during Apollo 15 mission, 1971, Scott 1434 and 1435, Engraving and lithography
Apollo 15, 1971,
Scott 1434-1435,
Engraving and lithography
Skylab, first U.S. space station, 1974, Scott 1529, Engraving and lithography
Skylab, first U.S. space station, 1974, Scott 1529, Engraving and lithography
Skylab, 1974, Scott 1529,
Engraving and lithography
Pioneer with Jupiter and three moons, 1975, Scott 1556, Engraving and lithography
Pioneer with Jupiter and three moons, 1975, Scott 1556, Engraving and lithography
Pioneer, 1975, Scott 1556,
Engraving and lithography
Mariner 10 with Mercury and Venus, 1975, Scott 1557, Engraving and lithography
Mariner 10 with Mercury and Venus, 1975, Scott 1557, Engraving and lithography
Mariner 10, 1975, Scott 1557,
Engraving and lithography
Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1569, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1569, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project,
1975, Scott 1569, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1570, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project; joint Soviet-American mission to dock orbiting Apollo and Soyuz capsules, 1975, Scott 1570, Gravure
Apollo-Soyuz test project,
1975, Scott 1570, Gravure
Viking missions to Mars, 1978, Scott 1759, Engraving and lithography
Viking missions to Mars, 1978, Scott 1759, Engraving and lithography
Viking missions to Mars,
1978, Scott 1759,
Engraving and lithography
Twentieth anniversary of Moon landing, 1989, Scott 2419, Engraving and lithography
Twentieth anniversary of Moon landing, 1989, Scott 2419, Engraving and lithography
Twentieth anniversary of Moon
landing, 1989, Scott 2419,
Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Challenger, 1995, Scott 2544, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Challenger, 1995, Scott 2544, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Challenger,
1995, Scott 2544,
Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour, 1995, Scott 2544A, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour, 1995, Scott 2544A, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour,
1995, Scott 2544A,
Engraving and lithography
Mariner 10 and Mercury, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2568, Gravure
Mariner 10 and Mercury, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2568, Gravure
Mariner 10, 1991,
Scott 2568, Gravure
Mariner 2 and Venus, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2569, Gravure
Mariner 2 and Venus, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2569, Gravure
Mariner 2, 1991,
Scott 2569, Gravure
Unmanned Lunar Orbiter and Moon, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2571, Gravure
Unmanned Lunar Orbiter and Moon, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2571, Gravure
Unmanned Lunar Orbiter,
1991, Scott 2571, Gravure
Viking Orbiter and Mars, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2572, Gravure
Viking Orbiter and Mars, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2572, Gravure
Viking Orbiter, 1991,
Scott 2572, Gravure
Pioneer 11 and Jupiter, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2573, Gravure
Pioneer 11 and Jupiter, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2573, Gravure
Pioneer 11, 1991,
Scott 2573, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Saturn, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2574, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Saturn, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2574, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Saturn, 1991,
Scott 2574, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Uranus, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2575, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Uranus, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2575, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Uranus, 1991,
Scott 2575, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Neptune, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2576, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Neptune, Space Exploration, 1991, Scott 2576, Gravure
Voyager 2 and Neptune, 1991,
Scott 2576, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 1994, Scott 2841a, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 1994, Scott 2841a, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 1994,
Scott 2841a, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 25th anniversary, 1994, Scott 2841a, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 25th anniversary, 1994, Scott 2841a, Gravure
First Moon landing (1969), 1994,
Scott 2841a, 25th anniversary,
Gravure
Mars Rover Sojourner, 1997, Scott 3178, Gravure
Mars Rover Sojourner, 1997, Scott 3178, Gravure
Mars Rover Sojourner,
1997, Scott 3178, Gravure
Man on the Moon, Celebrate the Century (1960s), 1999, Scott 3188c, Engraving and lithography
Man on the Moon, Celebrate the Century (1960s), 1999, Scott 3188c, Engraving and lithography
Man on the Moon, 1999,
Scott 3188c, Engraving
and lithography
Pioneer 10, Celebrate the Century (the 1970s), 1999, Scott 3189i, Engraving and lithography
Pioneer 10, Celebrate the Century (the 1970s), 1999, Scott 3189i, Engraving and lithography
Pioneer 10, 1999,
Scott 3189i, Engraving
and lithography
Space shuttle program, Celebrate the Century (the 1980s), 2000, Scott 3190a, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle program, Celebrate the Century (the 1980s), 2000, Scott 3190a, Engraving and lithography
Space shuttle program,
2000, Scott 3190a,
Engraving and lithography
Return to space, Celebrate the Century (the 1990s), 2000, Scott 3191h, Engraving and lithography
Return to space, Celebrate the Century (the 1990s), 2000, Scott 3191h, Engraving and lithography
Return to space, 2000,
Scott 3191h, Engraving
and lithography
Space shuttle landing, 1998, Scott 3261, Lithography
Space shuttle landing, 1998, Scott 3261, Lithography
Space shuttle landing, 1998,
Scott 3261, Lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour piggybacked on modified Boeing 747 for transport, 1998, Scott 3262, Lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour piggybacked on modified Boeing 747 for transport, 1998, Scott 3262, Lithography
Space shuttle Endeavour
on Boeing 747, 1998,
Scott 3262, Lithography
Space shuttle docked at space station, Escaping the Gravity of Earth, 2000, Scott 3411a, Holography
Space shuttle docked at space station, Escaping the Gravity of Earth, 2000, Scott 3411a, Holography
Space shuttle docked at
space station, 2000,
Scott 3411a, Holography
Astronauts working on exterior of International Space Station, Escaping the Gravity of Earth, 2000, Scott 3411b, Holography
Astronauts working on exterior of International Space Station, Escaping the Gravity of Earth, 2000, Scott 3411b, Holography
Astronauts working on
Space Station, 2000,
Scott 3411b, Holography
Landing on the Moon, 2000, Scott 3413, Holography
Landing on the Moon, 2000, Scott 3413, Holography
Landing on the Moon, 2000,
Scott 3413, Holography