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New Zealand 2019 New Zealand Space Pioneers Stamp with Meteorite Rock Dust

Issue date 2 May 2019

To commemorate the 50 years of the Moon Landing and to celebrate the New Zealand Space Pioneers, New Zealand Post has issued a set of  stamps printed with meteorite dust.

The stamps are sprinkled with real star dust, collected from a meteorite found in Morocco, and celebrate six New Zealanders who have helped to advance the world’s knowledge about space and space sciences:

Beatrice Hill Tinsley: Pioneer astrophysicist Beatrice Hill Tinsley was a world leader in modern cosmology. Her 114 published papers are regularly cited today, showing her ongoing contribution to understanding the Universe. An asteroid, a mountain and a prize that recognises her outstanding research contribution to astronomy or astrophysics, of an exceptionally creative or innovative character, are named after her.

Charles Gifford: Charles Gifford was New Zealand’s most outstanding astronomer in the first half of the last century. He mathematically showed that the Moon’s craters were made by meteorite impact.

Sir William Pickering, ONZ KBE: A pioneer of the world’s space exploration, William Pickering directed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the United States for 22 years. On the cover of TIME magazine twice, he launched America’s first spacecraft, was instrumental in the success of the Apollo programme and the Voyager missions and retired after seeing Viking 1 on its way to Mars. Sir William also has a New Zealand mountain named after him.

Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin: Alan Gilmore and Pamela Kilmartin track near-Earth asteroids, objects that might be a threat to Earth in the long term. In the course of this work they have discovered 41 minor planets, a comet and a nova.

Albert Jones, OBE: One of the greatest visual observers of all time, Albert Jones monitored stars that change brightness called variable stars. With a telescope he built in 1948, he made more than 500,000 brightness estimates, more than anyone in history, and discovered two comets and a supernova (SN1987a).

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