United Nations issued stamps dedicated to the Martian missions

The United Nations Postal Administration has created commemorative stamps dedicated to human exploration of Mars. They depict the vehicles that the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates have sent to the red planet over the past few years.

The stamps are dedicated to Martian missions. Source: unstamps.org

Stamps are not only with the Russian warship

The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) was obviously inspired by the example of Ukrposhta and decided that it also needed stamps that everyone would want to buy. Only unlike the well-known plot with the ship, this organization was interested in the planet Mars.

Over the past few years, it has been visited by several apparatuses from three different countries at once: the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China and the United Arab Emirates. In total, it is planned to release six different stamps. At the same time, three of them will have a special gift issue with an expanded image in the margins.

It seems that the UN has decided to increase people’s interest not only in exploring the Solar System, but also in philately. At what rate the new stamps will change to the stamps with the Russian ship, it is not yet reported.

Special version of the Martian stamps. Source: unstamps.org

What’s on the stamps

The first pair of stamps is dedicated to the Al-Amal mission launched by the UAE. One stamp depicts the spacecraft, which arrived in Mars orbit on February 9, 2021. The second one contains an image of the red planet transmitted by it.

The second pair of stamps went to NASA. One of them is dedicated to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the planet since 2006. It depicts the Martian dunes it is shooting. The second one shows the Perseverance rover. As for the souvenir version, it contains an image of the Ingenuity helicopter.

Complete set of Martian stamps. Source: unstamps.org

The last pair of stamps is dedicated to the Chinese space mission. One stamp shows the  Zhurong rover on the landing platform, the second one shows its place of work on Mars, taken by the orbital module.

According to www.space.com

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