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David Bowie commemorative stamps launched into space

UPI News Service, 03/17/2017 

Britain's Royal Mail sent sets of commemorative stamps featuring rocker David Bowie into space using helium balloons.

The mail service sent 52 sets of the stamps to represent the iconic singer's 52 years spent as a professional musician so that they could fall back down to Earth in recognition of Bowie's role in the 1976 film, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The stamps feature some of the covers to Bowie's most famous albums including 1971's Hunky Dory, 1973's Aladdin Sane, 1977's Heroes, 1983's Let's Dance, 1997's Earthling, and his final album, 2016's Blackstar.

The Royal Mail shared an image of one of the stamps floating in space on Twitter in addition to a video capturing the stamp's journey back down to Earth.

Fans who can correctly guess the location where the stamps landed by March 26 can win one of the sets sent into space.

The stamps represent the first time the Royal Mail has "dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure" after previously issuing stamps featuring the likes of Pink Floyd and Star Wars.

Bowie died in January 2016 following an 18-month battle with liver cancer.

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