Stamps honour space exploration

A set of new stamps celebrating Britain's contribution to space exploration is being issued by the Royal Mail.

A composite of Royal Mail's new Space Science stamps Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire
The stamps celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Ariel 1, Britain's first satellite Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

The six stamps, which go on sale next week, mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of Ariel 1, Britain's first satellite.

Dr Stuart Clark, astronomer and author of The Sun Kings with the new stamps Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Images on the stamps include the cavernous craters of Mars, the rings of Saturn and the burning intensity of the Sun.

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