C325 First Man in Space - Gagarin

Issue Date: April 12, 2011

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On April 12, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issued three special stamps commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Yury Gagarin's space flight, the world's first manned space flight. On April 12, 1961, the Soviet Union launched Vostok 1, the world's first manned spacecraft. Traveling over 25 times the speed of sound, Cosmonaut Yury Gagarin made a complete orbit around the planet in 1 hour and 49 minutes. After re-entering the atmosphere, Gagarin parachuted to safety some four miles above Earth, bringing to a close the most exciting round-the-world trip of the 20th century. Newspapers around the globe trumpeted his triumph, with headlines declaring "Soviet Man is a Space Columbus." A contemporary report read: "Weeping with emotion, Premier Krushchev brought spaceman Yury Gagarin home to Moscow Friday and the city's millions hailed the astronaut as the space age Columbus in a roaring welcome." With his successful orbit of the Earth, Gagarin ushered in the age of manned space flight.


  • Issue: First Man In Space - Gagarin
  • Face Value: 3 x $1.00
  • Issue Date: April 12, 2011
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Design: John C. Helzer
  • Artwork by: Gherman Komlev and Vladimir Dzhanibekov
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 9
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 3
  • Overall Sheet Size: 196mm x 160mm
  • Size of Stamps: 43mm x 34mm
  • Issue Number: C325
    (3-1) Liftoff
    (3-2) Orbit
    (3-3) Legacy
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2011 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 3.00 First Man in Space - Gagarin
    US$ 1.00 Liftoff
    US$ 1.00 Orbit
    US$ 1.00 Legacy

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    Full Mint Sheet of 9 None 4666534
    First Day Cover None 4666542

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