David Bowie tribute stamps launched toward space on balloons

News 16/03/2017

Royal Mail stamps in honour of David Bowie have been launched towards space while attached to helium balloons.

In January this year it was announced that a set of 10 stamps would be released as a tribute to David Bowie. 

Six of the stamps feature images of Bowie album covers: ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Aladdin Sane’, “Heroes”, ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Earthling’ and ‘Blackstar’.

The otherfour stamps feature images of Bowie performing live on different tours: 1972’s The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1978’s The Stage Tour, 1983’s The Serious Moonlight Tour and 2004’s A Reality Tour.

The Guardian reported that 52 sets of the stamps have been propelled into space as a tribute to David Bowie's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The stamp-attached balloons reached 34,100m at a vertical speed of about 12mph. Having burst, the stamps have now started to descend to earth. Fans who correctly guess where “the stamps that fell to earth” landed will win limited-edition covers.

The stamps are on sale now.