commemorative postage stamp

This summer, Star Trek, the franchise that dared to boldly go where no man has gone before turns 50. In honor of the show’s enduring mark on popular culture, and the franchise’s golden anniversary, the United States Postal Service is issuing a series of colorful commemorative postage stamps. The Heads of State, a Philadelphia design studio that produces work with a retro, patriotic slant to it, created it with direction from Antonio Alcalá, a designer at Studio A.

Read more about the design process behind creating these colorful 2-inch graphics.

Cosmonauts Belka and Strelka - A Soviet postage stamp commemorating the two heroes of Sputnik 5 - the first spaceflight to send animals into orbit and return them safely back to Earth. Launched on August 19, 1960 it paved the way for the first human orbital flight less than eight months later with Vostok 1.