British astronaut Tim Peake to take Isle of Man stamps into space

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21 December 2015
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2016_ua31_royalaeronauticalsociety_mintset-62737.jpg The eight stamps feature landmarks from 150 years at the Royal Aeronautical Society
Astronaut Tim Peake will take seven special covers produced by the Isle of Man into space, the Isle of Man Post Office has announced.

Astronaut Tim Peake will take seven special covers produced by the Isle of Man into space, the Isle of Man Post Office has announced.

Tim Peake began his six-month space mission on 22 December 2015, becoming the first British astronaut to board the International Space Station. He will sign the seven covers while on the Space Station on 12 January 2016, the actual date of the150th anniversary of the Royal Aeronautical Society who have worked with Isle of Man Post Office to bring the project together. The covers will then be sent back by supply rocket to Earth.

Once back on Earth, one of the covers will be sent to Isle of Man Post Office and the remaining ones will be distributed to the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) where some will then go on display at aviation museums both in the UK and the United States.

150 years of the Royal Aeronautical Society

The special covers feature eight stamps showing the history of the Royal Aeronautical Society, from the conquest of air in 1783 to current developments of the Trent engine and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station in 2015. The issue is accompanied with industry commentary from Mr Brian Riddle, Chief Librarian of the National Aerospace Library.

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Graham Cregeen MHK, chairman of Isle of Man Post Office, said: 'Isle of Man Post Office is delighted that Major Peake has agreed to take these seven special covers into space with him and sign them while he is on the ISS. They will literally be out of this world covers that will be historic items which is why they will be put on display at various sites internationally.

To find out more, or to purchase the Royal Aeronautical Society stamps, visit the website.

Graham Cregeen MHK, Chairman of Isle of Man Post Office said: "Isle of Man Post Office is delighted that Major Peake has agreed to take these 7 special covers into space with him and sign them while he is on the ISS. They will be literally out of this world covers that will be historic items which is why they will be put on display at various sites internationally. Our stamp release with RAeS demonstrates the Isle of Man's many links with space and satellite industries. One of the largest manufacturers on the Isle of Man makes environmental controls and life support systems for use on the International Space Station in addition, the Island has a number of approved suppliers to NASA.". - See more at: https://www.iompost.com/our-news/press-releases/british-astronaut-tim-peake-to-take-special-isle-of-man-post-office-stamp-covers-to-space/#sthash.uoHI3022.dpuf