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Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/27/2011

New stamp honors first U.S. astronaut in space


(U.S. Postal Service)
The U.S. Postal Service’s recent stamp rollout continues today with two new stamps honoring America’s space program.

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)
The formal dedication of the stamps will occur May 4 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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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