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Sententia
2010-Jul-21, 10:05 PM
A family member who worked for Nasa said he got stamps from 1969, that where actually stamped on the moon. I'm not sure if he meant stamped on a envelope on the moon, stamps that went to the moon.. or what. But my question is did this happen ? He said on the stamp is a astronaut.

PetersCreek
2010-Jul-21, 10:19 PM
I don't immediately recall the details buy yes, some stamps were taken on some missions and hand postmarked. As I recall, an envelope bearing the first Moon landing stamp was taken on Apollo 11 but they forgot to postmark it, so it was done upon their return.

Van Rijn
2010-Jul-21, 10:32 PM
A family member who worked for Nasa said he got stamps from 1969, that where actually stamped on the moon. I'm not sure if he meant stamped on a envelope on the moon, stamps that went to the moon.. or what. But my question is did this happen ? He said on the stamp is a astronaut.

I'm not sure about '69, but that does remind me of the Apollo 15 stamp controversy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15_postage_stamp_incident

ETA, these weren't postmarked on the Moon, but were flown to the Moon.

kamaz
2010-Jul-21, 11:49 PM
See here: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5726898.html

Also, I remember reading that some U.S. mission (Skylab?) did take a bag of mail to space and postmarked it, but I can't verify the claim at the moment.

Peter B
2010-Jul-22, 10:56 AM
I'm not sure about '69, but that does remind me of the Apollo 15 stamp controversy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15_postage_stamp_incident

ETA, these weren't postmarked on the Moon, but were flown to the Moon.
But Scott and Irwin did postmark some letters on the Moon, during EVA-3. According to the Apollo Lunar Surface Journal:

167:18:43 Scott: Okay. To show that our good Postal Service has deliveries any place in the universe, I have the pleasant task of canceling, here on the Moon, the first stamp of a new issue dedicated to commemorate United States achievements in space. And I'm sure a lot of people have seen pictures of the stamp. I have the first one here on an envelope. At the bottom it says, "United States in Space, a decade of achievement," and I'm very proud to have the opportunity here to play postman. I pull out a cancellation device. Cancel this stamp. It says, "August the second, 1971, first day of issue".

[Dave gets a rubber stamp out of the cloth Post Office kit and presses it on what looks like an ink pad.]

[Jones - "What did you use? Just a plain old rubber stamp and an ink pad?"]

[Scott - "As I recall, it was just a plain old kit."]

167:19:30 Scott: What could be a better place to cancel this stamp than right here at Hadley Rille. (Pause)

[Dave places the envelope on a flat surface on the MESA and, after carefully positioning the rubber stamp, presses it down and then lifts it off.]

167:19:48 Scott: By golly, it even works in a vacuum. (Pause)

[Dave examines the envelope.]

167:19:51 Scott: But not too well. But it's the first time, so I guess they're just learning. (Pause)

[Dave re-cancels the envelope.]

167:20:11 Irwin: You can put a thumbprint on there, Dave.

167:20:14 Scott: Well...

167:20:15 Irwin: If there's room left.

167:20:17 Scott: I've got several dusty thumbprints. Now, I'll stick this back in our special mail pouch here, and we'll deliver it when we return.

167:20:32 Allen: Roger. (Pause)

[Dave puts the envelope in the Post Office bag but has some trouble getting it closed properly.]

[The Post Office bag and the First Day Cover are on display at the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum.]

Buttercup
2010-Jul-22, 11:10 AM
:eek: This is the first I've heard of this. Cool! :)

Swift
2010-Jul-22, 01:04 PM
I'm not sure about '69, but that does remind me of the Apollo 15 stamp controversy:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_15_postage_stamp_incident

ETA, these weren't postmarked on the Moon, but were flown to the Moon.
And here is reproduced (http://www.collectspace.com/resources/flown_a15_articlescarried.html) NASA's press release about the incident.

One issue has been that of postal covers carried on the mission by the crew. NASA has authorized astronauts to carry certain personal items on manned flights, known as "Astronaut Preference Kits" (APKs). All such items must be listed and approved prior to launch, are intended for private use or as personal gifts after the flight, and may not be employed for commercial purposes or personal gain. Astronaut kits typically have included badges, jewelry, coins, medals, flags, stamps, postal covers, charms, currency, printed materials, pennants, and similar easily packed, lightweight, and non-hazardous mementos. On Apollo 15, there were a total of 641 postal covers carried by the crew, of which 243 were listed and authorized before the flight and 398 were not.

Sententia
2010-Jul-25, 05:31 PM
LINK to picture (http://i29.tinypic.com/rbd4wl.jpg)
my apologies about the delay, I had to take a few pictures ... here it is, any thoughts on how much it's worth ?

Solfe
2010-Jul-25, 07:10 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nN-KME0Tqw

:)

Swift
2010-Jul-25, 07:16 PM
my apologies about the delay, I had to take a few pictures ... here it is, any thoughts on how much it's worth ?
I'm a little doubtful that it actually was stamped on the moon. This webpage (http://spacecovers.com/pricelists/prclst_fdcc76a.htm) gives a good explanation of the dual-date postmark.


An often asked question about the Apollo 11 First Day Covers....
Why does it have two dates in the postmark: July 20 and Sept. 9, 1969?
# The master printing die for the Apollo 11 stamp was carried to and from the moon in July, 1969. When the printing die returned to earth it then it was used to make the printing plates for the postage stamps that were issued by the Post Office and used on these first day covers.
# These postage stamps were not ready to be released to the public until September 9, 1969, and this is the date of first issue that appears in the postmark.
# This Sept. 9 postmark also reproduces the July 20, 1969 cancel of the first moon mail which was used to cancel a proof of the 10 First Man on the Moon stamp cancelled on the moon, this is the commemorative part of the Sept. 9, 1969 cancel.

According to the prices on that webpage, you are talking about an item worth $5 to $25, depending on details. I haven't collected stamps for a while, but if it is just a First Day cover, that sounds about right.

Sententia
2010-Jul-25, 09:01 PM
The envelope was addressed to family too so I didn't think it'd be worth much but had to find out. Thank you though for looking that up for me much appreciated.