A set of commemorative David Bowie stamps were launched into space in a fitting tribute to the late galactic space rocker. The stamps honoring Bowie's most-beloved albums were sent into the stratosphere on helium balloons on Monday (March 13). According to the British Press Association, 52 sets of the stamps created to honor the one-year anniversary of the rocker's January 2016 death at age 69 were sent into the stratosphere on the special balloons as an homage to Bowie's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
The flight reportedly reached a height of 111,876 feet traveling at a speed of 12 m.p.h. and after the balloons burst the stamps were expected to descend at a rate of 200 m.p.h., slowing to 8 m.p.h. by the time they reached the ground. Fans who correctly guess where the "stamps that fell to earth" landed can win one of the limited-edition versions, which were released on Tuesday (March 14).
An actual image of one of the stamps floating in space:
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