The Eagle Has Landed: Remembering Neil Armstrong

Today we pause to remember Neil Armstrong (1930–2012), who, on July 20, 1969, became the first person to walk on the moon. “That’s one small step for man,” he famously said from the lunar surface, “one giant leap for mankind.”

The U.S. Postal Service has issued several stamps commemorating the historic achievement, which was the fulfillment of President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 commitment to put a man on the moon. This stamp was issued in 1999 as part of the Celebrate the Century: The 1960s stamp pane.

Armstrong died Saturday, August 25, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.

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