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Stamp Profile "Space Twins" Issue United States Date of issue September 29, 1967 Featuring a spacewalking astronaut and Gemini capsule, this attached pair of mint stamps was issued by the United States on September 29, 1967. This issue marked the first time the United States printed attached stamps that blend into a single complete design. Apollo 8 Issue United States Date of issue May 5, 1969 This beautiful mint stamp, featuring the earth rising over the lunar surface, was issued on May 5, 1969, to commemorate the vital Apollo 8 mission leading up to the moon landing. Decade of Space Achievements United States Date of issue August 2, 1971 This attached pair of mint stamps was issued by the United States on August 2, 1971, to commemorate ten years of extraordinary accomplishments in space. The design features astronauts in the Lunar Rover on the moon with earth and a space capsule in the background. Skylab Project United States Date of issue May 14, 1974 The United States launched Skylab, its first orbiting space station, in May, 1973. The nine month Skylab program involved three different missions and crews and was designed to test man's ability to adapt and perform in a space environment for long periods of time. This mint stamp, issued on May 14, 1974, depicts the space walk required for repairs during the second mission. Pioneer Space Issue United States Date of issue February 28, 1975 Issued by the United States on February 28, 1975, this mint stamp commemorates the unmanned Pioneer space mission. The spacecraft Pioneer 10 probed the planet Jupiter in 1973-74. The stamp depicts Pioneer 10 and Jupiter. Mariner 10 Space Issue United States Date of issue April 4, 1975, This mint Mariner Space Issue commemorated the Mariner 10 unmanned space mission to Venus and Mercury. Venus and Mercury were explored in 1974 and Mercury again in 1975. The stamp, issued on April 4, 1975, depicts Mariner 10, Venus, and Mercury. Apollo Soyuz Issue United States Date of issue July 15, 1975, In July 1975, American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts took part in the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the world's first joint manned space flight. This mission, which ended the Apollo era, was highlighted by the docking and rendezvous between the Apollo capsule and the Soyuz capsule. The attached pair of mint stamps, issued on July 15, 1975, features the spacecraft prior to docking and the spacecraft in docked position.
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