Title : Future Science Special
Stamp Serial#
2374
KPC#
C-1840 
StanGib#
2753 
Scott#
2145 
Date of Issue
04/21/2004
Quantity
1,600,000 
Denomination
190 won 
Design
Bio-Science 
Original
Painting
Kim, Dong-min (Korea) 
Designer
Shin, Jae-yong 
Image Area
26mm x 36mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4 x 5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure, five colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
How about traveling to the moon during this summer vacation? What about growing potomato (potato + tomato) or rabbage (radish + cabbage) in your front yard? Science and technology are making quantum leaps every day, and will eventually change the way we live in the future. In celebration of Science Day, special postage stamps have been issued under two themes: 1) space science, which will define national competitiveness in the 21st century; and 2) bioscience, which has emerged as humankind's new frontier with the full completion of the human genome map.

In 1957, the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first satellite in history, and opened a new age of space travel. And thanks to endless efforts to explore outer space, humankind has since landed on the moon, explored Mars and Venus, and unraveled the secrets behind the minute ring system of Saturn. These achievements are never-ending, enabling humankind to gradually find the answers to the mysteries of space.

In 1992, Korea launched the scientific satellite KITSAT-1 and took its first step toward space. Since then, it has launched a scientific observation satellite, a telecommunication broadcast satellite, and a multi-purpose satellite, and will further accelerate its endeavors when the future space center is built in Goheung, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla) Province.

The human desire to solve the miracles of life spurred the development of bioscience, and has also led to breakthroughs in food production, cures for diseases and environmental and energy conservation, in addition to other problems that have troubled humans since they appeared on Earth. Although there are ethical controversies over the possibility of cloning humans and the question of safety, genetic engineering has resulted in the emergence of genetically modified food, the birth of cloned life forms and other landmarks.

The new postage stamps won the grand prize in the 2004 International Postage Stamp Design Contest. India's Radhika Kakrania's portrayal of space exploration won in the "Space Science" category, and Korea's Dong-min Kim's illustration of the mysteries of life won the "Bioscience" award.