Mexico issues postage stamp to commemorate 35th Anniversary of the First Mexican Astronaut and the Morelos 2 Satellite

The Undersecretary of Transportation, Carlos Morán Moguel, headed the ceremony for the Cancellation of the First Day of Issuance of the Postage Stamp. • These were historic events for Mexico, said the general director of the Mexican Space Agency, Salvador Landeros Ayala

With the representation of the Secretary of Communications and Transportation, Jorge Arganis Díaz-Leal, the Undersecretary of Transportation, Carlos Alfonso Morán Moguel, presided over the Cancellation of the First Day of Issuance of the Postage Stamp “35th Anniversary of the First Mexican Astronaut and the Morelos Satellite 2 ”Issued by the Mexican Postal Service-Correos de México.

In a virtual event, in the company of the general director of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), Salvador Landeros Ayala, the Undersecretary of Transportation recalled the moments 35 years ago – on November 26, 1985 – during the launch of the shuttle Atlantis, which carried to space to the first Mexican astronaut, Rodolfo Neri Vela, and to the Morelos 2 satellite  .

For his part, the general director of the AEM stressed that “both events were historical events for Mexico, since it consolidated its entry into the select group of countries in the world with space activity, and its own satellite system,” he said.

He specified that the  Morelos II , together with the  Morelos I , represented a great technological advance to unify rural and urban areas, since they covered the Mexican territory and offered telephone, data and television services.

He stressed that the autonomy achieved in its control, operation and engineering, after the launch, was a source of national pride. In a short time, satellite technology was assimilated and it was not necessary to contract support as did other systems similar to ours, thereby demonstrating, at the national and international level, the capacity of Mexican engineering.

“For example, its useful life was originally nine years; however, thanks to the talent of Mexican engineers, in 1998 it began to operate in an inclined orbit, and was able to extend its durability until 2004 ”.

He mentioned that the first Mexican astronaut, Rodolfo Neri Vela, orbited the Earth 109 times, carried out important experiments and extensive photography work on the Earth’s surface.

“After his experience with NASA, Neri Vela collaborated in 1989 and 1990, with the European Space Agency, in the Netherlands, in the project of the International Space Station, which in this 2020 celebrated 20 years in orbit around the Earth.”

His experiences as an astronaut, writer, lecturer, teacher and engineer made him one of the best science communicators in the country, worthy of multiple medals, awards and distinctions, as well as a great source of inspiration and motivation for thousands of young people of many generations.

The stamp was designed by Guillermo Castro and Josoef Canon, using the technique of photography, illustration and digital composition, and produced with Cyan, magenta, yellow, black and security ink, using offset printing, in a size of 48 by 40 millimeters, in piercing suaje. The spreadsheet consists of 25 stamps on 100 g / m2 matte white couché paper and was printed at Stamps and Securities Printing Workshops (TIEV) with a circulation of 200 thousand; its face value is $ 7.00 (seven pesos).  

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