A brand new stamp for the Huginn mission has been launched, taking inspiration from the mission’s Nordic identify, Huginn, it presents a vibrant design with a deep historical past.
House exploration has all the time captivated the creativeness, and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen’s Huginn mission impressed the 2 postal corporations of Faroe Islands and Greenland, Posta Faroe Islands and Tusass Greenland, to create a stamp commemorating the Worldwide House Station mission.
For the design, Posta and Tusass turned to Anker Eli Petersen, a famend stamp artist from the Faroe Islands specialising in Nordic mythology.
“It was clear that the raven was going to be the main target of the stamp, with the Huginn identify tying the mission to Nordic mythology,” says Anker Petersen.
Connecting design, tradition, and mission
The stamp encompasses a raven with its wings prolonged, set towards a backdrop that features Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Denmark, collectively generally known as the Kingdom of Denmark. Each Greenland and the Faroe Islands are autonomous areas throughout the Kingdom, with their very own authorities.
Greenland shares its heritage with the Inuit tradition, which incorporates Canada, Greenland, and Alaska. The Faroe Islands have a shared heritage with the Nordic international locations and has the Faeroese identify for the Faroe Islands, “Føroyar”, showing backside left of the stamp whereas the Worldwide House Station, the place Andreas will spend six months, options on the alternative nook.
Launched along with the stamp can also be a stamp sheet, with cultural depictions tying collectively the Nordic and Inuit heritage. On the left is the Greenlandic Akvkos, a shaman in Inuit tradition, with the raven spirit Qaartukuk, and on the appropriate the Norse god Odin with the raven Huginn returning after a day scouting the world to collect data.
“As I used to be researching Greenland’s cultural heritage, I got here throughout the poem ‘Qaartuluk’, which means ’Music of the Raven Spirit’. The tune tells the story of a shaman with a raven companion that searched the unknown for data for its shaman grasp. It was good to attach the 2 cultures, Huginn from Nordic, and Qaartuluk from Inuit,” stated Anker.
To accompany the stamp launch, a Huginn folder is obtainable, with the entrance web page exhibiting the artist’s impression of a raven with the Earth and the Moon behind it and pictures from Andreas’s coaching contained in the folder.
For collectors and all people
Go to the Huginn web page on Andreas’s mission to learn concerning the science he’ll carry out and all issues Huginn.
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