Exploring the Moon
The first robot explorers
Exploring the Moon on stamps
The waning crescent Moon.
1970 Russia 10k x 3
A set of three stamps showing, in sequence, the landing of Luna 16 on the Moon,
the takeoff of its upper stage containing Moon samples, and the sample capsule
parachuting to Earth. The set was accompanied by a souvenir sheet containing
three stamps. Note slight differences in design and colour between the
illustrations on the three individual stamps and those on the sheet, as well as
differences in face value.
SG 3885, 3886, 3887, MS3888
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1971 Russia 10k, 12k, 12k, 16k
Four stamps commemorating the landing of Luna 17 which delivered the Lunokhod 1
lunar rover to the Moon. The stamps were also issued on a souvenir sheet.
SG 3918, 3919, 3920, 3921
1969 USA 6c
Earth rising over the limb of the Moon, based on this famous photograph taken by the crew of Apollo 8, the first humans to go into lunar orbit. During a
transmission to Earth they read from the book of Genesis, hence the Biblical
quotation on the stamp.
1969 USA 10c
Commemoration of the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon. The illustration is an
artist’s impression of Neil Armstrong talking his “one small step” onto the surface. This stamp was intended for airmail postage, hence the prefix
“A” to the Stanley Gibbons reference number. SG A1367
1970 Poland 2.50z
The Luna 16 upper stage leaving the Moon and returning to Earth after having
grabbed a handful of lunar soil.