On 20 July 1976 a spacecraft touched down on the planet Mars. It had the very fitting name "Viking I”.
The envelope with the first-day cover illustrating that mankind had taken a new, long step into the unknown shows a recognizable Oseberg ship.
The name chosen for the pioneer project was no coincidence. The Vikings' reputation as explorers is widely known across the globe. And the fact that they discovered America 500 years before Columbus has long since been confirmed.
The Oseberg ship is both past and future. Her elegant lines and advanced boatbuilding skills are combined with our humanistic ideals. The ship will be sailing to create bonds between people and generate meaningful experiences. The new ship is attracting interested people from many nations; some contribute their hard labour, others financial support. Tønsberg has never had a project that to such an extent has encouraged its citizens to join forces.
Oseberg on planet Mars: The envelope with the first-day cover to commemorate the first landing on Mars. We can make out the Oseberg ship.