New stamp honors first U.S. astronaut in space


(U.S. Postal Service)

Just days before the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, postal and NASA officials will unveil images honoring former astronaut Alan Shepard, who piloted the first U.S. manned space flight on May 5, 1961. The other image commemorates the Messenger unmanned spacecraft currently orbiting the planet Mercury.


(U.S. Postal Service)

In recent weeks, USPS has unveiled stamps honoring the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Latin music stars, and admitted it’s using a replica of the Statue of Liberty on a stamp honoring the New York City landmark.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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