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New Stamps Honor Alan Shepard, Space Mission

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Alan Shepard stands next to US flag on the moon during Apollo 14 mission. (AP)

Alan Shepard stands next to US flag on the moon during Apollo 14 mission. (AP)

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WASHINGTON (CBS4) — America’s first man in space, Alan Shepard, is honored on a new Forever postage stamp being issued Wednesday in the Rocket Garden of the Kennedy Space Center.

The stamp is part of a two-stamp set recalling Shepard and the Messenger Mission, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

The stamps are valid for first-class mail. The issuance marks the 50th anniversary of America’s first manned space flight. Freedom 7, piloted by Shepard, blasted off on May 5, 1961.He later became one of only a dozen men to walk on the moon, where he hit a golf shot that became perhaps the most memorable moment of the Apollo 14 mission he commanded. Shepard died in 1998.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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