Man Landing on the Moon

Moon Landing

“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" announced Commander Neil Armstrong as he stepped onto the lunar surface and became the first person to achieve this feat.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that took the first manned space craft to the Moon and the two-man crew of Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin completed the mission on July 20 1969 by landing on the Moon’s surface in the lunar module Eagle.

Aldrin waMoon Landing datestamps the module’s pilot and they flew to the Moon with Michael Collins who handled the command module Columbia. Collins kept the module in orbit while his colleagues were on the moon’s surface for twenty-one and a half hours Armstrong stepped onto the surface on July 21st and Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent two and a quarter hours collecting 21.5 kg of lunar material to bring back to Earth.

Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16 and was the fifth crewed mission of NASA's Apollo programme. After travelling to the Moon by the Saturn V's third stage, the astronauts separated the spacecraft from it and travelled for three days until they entered lunar orbit. Armstrong and Aldrin then moved into Eagle and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. The astronauts used Eagle's ascent stage to lift off from the lunar surface and re-join Collins in the command module. They jettisoned Eagle before they performed the manoeuvres that propelled them out of lunar orbit on a trajectory back to Earth. They returned to Earth and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24 after more than eight days in space. Armstrong's first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast on live television to a worldwide audience of over 500 million. Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by

President John F. Kennedy: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

Footnotes:
1. The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2 mission on 13 September 1959.The United States'Apollo 11 was the first crewed mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969. There have been six crewed U.S. landings (between 1969 and 1972) and numerous un-crewed landings, with no soft landings happening from 22 August 1976 until 14 December 2013.
2. Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and aeronautical engineer He was also a naval aviator, test pilot and university professor. He was born in 1930 and died in 2012 aged 82.
Buzz Aldrin was an engineer and a former astronaut and fighter pilot. He is a retired major general of the United States Air Force Reserves. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice. He is one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon


Moon Landing FDC

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Technical Details

Designer:
Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand

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Printer: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand

Process: Offset Litho
Stamp size: 36.9mm x 37.5mm
Format: Four single stamps
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Paper: 104gsm Tullis Russell Yellow-Green phosphor gummed stamp paper

Period of Sale:
19 July 2019 for a period of 2 years