US 1962 Project Mercury 4c. Scott. 1193

US 1962 Project Mercury 4c. Scott. 1193

Series: Project Mercury Issue

Stamp details: Project Mercury - Friendship 7 Capsule (First orbital flight of a U.S. astronaut, Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., Feb. 20, 1962)

Issued date: 20-02-1962 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 4c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 1193
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 1192
Michel (Germany): 822
Yvert et Tellier (France): 725

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Giori Press

Stamp Colors: Dark blue and yellow
Perforation: Perf 11 x 11

Themes: Satellite, Outer Space, Spacecraft, Science and Technology

Total print: 289,240,000 (estimate)

Description:- Project Mercury was the first human spaceflight program of the United States, running from 1958 through 1963. An early highlight of the Space Race, its goal was to put a man into Earth orbit and return him safely, ideally before the Soviet Union. Taken over from the US Air Force by the newly created civilian space agency NASA, it conducted 20 uncrewed developmental flights (some using animals), and six successful flights by astronauts. The program, which took its name from Roman mythology, cost $2.38 billion (adjusted for inflation). The astronauts were collectively known as the "Mercury Seven", and each spacecraft was given a name ending with a "7" by its pilot.