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In a career that spanned more than 40 years, space artist Paul Calle covered Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle missions.
He was the only artist present with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on the morning of July 16, 1969 as they prepared for their historic launch to the moon.
His sketches of the Apollo 11 crew breakfast and [i]Suiting Up[/i] stand as a visual record of the activities of the morning of July 16, 1969.
Perhaps one of Calle's most well known space paintings is the 10¢ 1969 "First Man on the Moon" stamp design for the U.S. Postal Service. This [URL=http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-090909b.html]iconic image[/URL] of Armstrong stepping on the surface of the Moon is remembered worldwide.
The engraved plates for the stamp were carried to the moon's surface by the Apollo 11 astronauts.
In 1994, for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Calle and his son Chris jointly designed two U.S. stamps commemorating the event.
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