USA 1969 Apollo 8 Stamp Issue

The Apollo 8 stamp was issued on 5 May 1969. The stamp designer, Leonard E. Buckley, based this design on the "Earthrise" photograph taken by William Anders on 24 December 1968. The words "In the beginning God..." were the first words read by the astronauts, taken from the first 10 lines of the Book of Genesis.

Photo: Apollo 8 commander Frank Borman (left) presenting "a picture of Rome" taken from the moon to Rome's Mayor Rinaldo Santini (right).