“We hope these amazing stamps help generate the same sense of wonder and curiosity about our star that inspired our ancestors and NASA scientists to want to better understand the sun, space and the myriad of possibilities.” that exist in our solar system, in our universe and beyond, ”said Thomas J. Marshall , the general counsel and executive vice-president of the postal service, and the person responsible for the stamp ceremony.
The Postal Service highlights stunning images of the sun that celebrate the science behind the ongoing exploration of our nearest star.
Printed with an aluminum treatment that adds a glow to the stamps, the images on these stamps are from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in February 2010 to continuously monitor the sun from the geosynchronous orbit above the Earth. The striking colors in these images do not represent the actual colors of the sun as seen by human sight. Instead, each image is colorized by NASA at different wavelengths that reveal or highlight specific characteristics of the sun’s activity.
One of the stamps highlights sunspots, two show images of coronal holes, two show coronal loops, two show plasma explosions, one is a view of an active sun emphasizing its magnetic fields, and two show different views of a solar flare.
Heliophysics, the study of the sun and its influence on planets and the space around them, has important implications for our everyday lives. Although the space between the sun and the earth appears empty to human eyes, it is actually full of particles and energy from the constant flow of solar wind emitted by the sun. This space is affected by a complex and ever-changing magnetic field that influences our entire solar system. A better understanding of the sun helps us better explain and predict its impact not only on Earth’s climate but also on the near-Earth space environment and how it affects sensitive human technologies, such as communication systems and technology. electronics of satellites. As humanity continues to explore space, a deeper understanding of solar activity will also identify and address issues related to communications, data collection, spacecraft design and satellites, as well as the effects of space radiation on the human body.
Artistic director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps from photos colourized by NASA to match wavelengths that reveal specific characteristics of the sun’s activity.
A video on the stamps is available at facebook.com/usps . An illustrated postmark of the city designated for the first day of issue, Greenbelt, Maryland , is available on usps.com/shopstamps .
Sun Science stamps are issued as Forever stamps in increments of 20. These Forever stamps will always have a value equal to the current price of 1 ounce First Class Mail.
Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the postal store at usps.com/shopstamps , by calling 844-737-7826, by mail at United States Philatelic , or at post offices across the country.
The Postal Service generally does not receive tax money for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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