C281 Exploring the Universe

Issue Date: October 1, 2008

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On October 1, 2008, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued 10 new stamps celebrating Space Exploration. For countless centuries, mankind has gazed with awe and wonder into the shimmering heavens and dreamed of traveling through the great expanses of outer space to discover the secrets which exist far beyond our own planet. To assist humanity in its quest to explore the universe, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by the United States on July 29, 1958, by the National Aeronautics and Space Act. In 1969, NASA's Apollo program landed the first man on the Moon. Later unmanned programs such as Pioneer, Mariner, Viking and Voyager explored other planets in our solar system. NASA also developed the Landsat program to collect a wealth of data about our galaxy's most important celestial body of all: Earth. Featuring artwork by world famous artist and U.S. stamp designer Howard Koslow, the stamps depict 10 spacecraft sent by the United States to explore our universe.


  • Issue: Exploring the Universe
  • Face Value: 10 x $0.42
  • Issue Date: October 1, 2008
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Arist: Howard Koslow
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 10
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 10
  • Overall Sheet Size: 194mm x 110mm
  • Size of Stamps: 34mm x 43mm
  • Issue Number: C281.
    (10-1) Mercury with Mariner 10
    (10-2) Uranus with Voyager 2
    (10-3) Venus with Mariner 2
    (10-4) Pluto with Voyager 2
    (10-5) Jupiter with Pioneer 11
    (10-6) Earth with Landset
    (10-7) Moon with Lunar Orbiter
    (10-8) Saturn with Voyager 2
    (10-9) Mars with Viking Orbiter
    (10-10) Neptune with Voyager 2
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2008 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 4.20 Exploring the Universe
    US$ .42 Mercury with Mariner 10
    US$ .42 Uranus with Voyager 2
    US$ .42 Venus with Matiner 2
    US$ .42 Pluto with Voyager 2
    US$ .42 Jupiter with Pioneer 11
    US$ .42 Earth with Landsat
    US$ .42 Moon with Lunar Orbiter
    US$ .42 Saturn with Voyager 2
    US$ .42 Mars with Viking Orbiter
    US$ .42 Neptune with Voyager 2

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Se-tenant Sheet of 10 None 4660269
    First Day Cover Set of 4 None 4661915

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