The 25th anniversary of the Apollo XI moon landing resulted in a flurry of stamps from countries around the world. Most of the designs featured astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on the moon's surface.
However, some illustrations focused their attention on the subject of space exploration, not the famed first moon landing.The South American nation of Guyana released three sheetlets highlighting various space scientists and spaceships that played very important roles in the development of the space programs.
Grenada, in the Caribbean, issued sheetlets of six different stamps as a tribute to the ill-fated crew of the Challenger mission that exploded shortly after takeoff on July 28, 1986. Portraits of each astronaut appear on individual stamps.
The West African nation of Ghana released nine stamps and a souvenir sheet featuring some of the prominent German and Japanese scientists who worked in conjunction with NASA on the space program through the years.
St. Vincent in the West Indies produced a series of nine stamps and two souvenir sheets portraying prominent space scientists and spaceships in their philatelic tribute to the moon landing anniversary.
The space stamps are available from your local stamp dealer.
- Syd Kronish