Look at these smiling, happy faces of
John Glenn (right) and Walter Schirra (left)
These stamps from Romania were issued in 1963 as part of their Space Navigation series. There are ten altogether, 6 Russians and 4 Americans. All are set at an angle except for four of the Russians for some reason. The designer was a Dimitrie Stiubei (1901-1986), and it is interesting to note that the flag on each of the stamps has a different fluttering image.
As a side note, I have been reading You Are Here, the photo essay book by Chris Hadfield from his journey on the International Space Station. If you haven't seen this, I highly recommend it. If you have only seen his photos from his twitter account when he was the commander of the ISS, you are still in for a treat with his delightful and thought-provoking commentary accompanying the photos. I bet, if Schirra and Glenn could re-enter space in the 21st century, their smiles would be even grander!
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