First Lunar Landing: The Philatelic Side of Apollo 11

  • Umberto Cavallaro
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


One of the philatelic ‘innovations’ introduced for the Apollo 11 mission was the concept of ‘Insurance Covers’, the pre-signed envelopes that the astronauts left with trusted individuals as a form of life insurance, which family members would be able to sell to collectors if something went wrong on the mission and the astronauts died. These are therefore unflown covers that, in the context of collectables, have a special meaning.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umberto Cavallaro
    • 1
  1. 1.Italian Astrophilately SocietyVillarbasseItaly

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