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How David Bowie (Sort Of) Fell To Earth Again

David Bowie is becoming “The Man Who Fell To Earth” again. Or maybe the stamps that fell to Earth.

Fifty-two sets of postage stamps commemorating the one-year anniversary of the singer’s death in January were attached to helium balloons and launched into the stratosphere, according to the British Press Association; Each stamp bore the likeness of a Bowie album cover.

The balloons burst after reaching an altitude of 111,876, with the stamp sets falling back to Earth, where those who found them shared their arrival via social media.

Others have been discovered and are being distributed via a contest for those who can correctly guess where they wound up.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.