Boldly launched

Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov on “Star Trek,” poses in front of a stamp display at the ceremony.

The Postal Service released the Star Trek stamps Sept. 2, almost 50 years to the day the original TV series debuted.

“The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said PMG Megan J. Brennan. “‘Star Trek’s’ intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction, becoming a worldwide phenomenon.”.

The PMG dedicated the stamps at Star Trek: Mission New York, a three-day celebration that is expected to draw thousands of fans.

Walter Koenig, who played U.S.S. Enterprise navigation officer Pavel Chekov, also spoke at the ceremony.

“With the chaos in today’s world, hopefully the stamps and what they signify can inspire a better future for us all,” Koenig said.

Other speakers included NASA Deputy Director of Science for Communication Michelle Thaller, CBS Consumer Products Executive Vice President and General Manager Liz Kaloduer, and Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell.

The stamps, which showcase four digital illustrations inspired by the TV series, are available at Post Offices and The Sept. 2 news release has more information.