USPS celebrates the James Webb Space Telescope – Newsroom

July 26, 2022

Device seeks to answer age-old questions by revealing new cosmic mysteries

What:

The largest and most sensitive James Webb Space Telescope ever launched can peer into the limits of the known universe.

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate this remarkable device with the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp, using existing art by James Vaughan and an image provided by NASA/Space Telescope Science Institute.

The first day of release event is free and open to the public. The stamp news is shared with the hashtag #WebbTelescopeStamp.

Who:

Anton Hajjar, Vice Chairman, US Postal Service Board of Governors

When:

Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 11 a.m. ET

Where:

Smithsonian National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4945

RSVP:

Inaugural Ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP to: usps.com/webbtelescope.

Background:

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates NASA’s remarkable James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most complex telescope ever deployed in space, capable of peering directly into the early cosmos and studying every phase of cosmic history.

Its gold-coated mirror segments form a 21-foot-wide lens that captures faint infrared rays billions of light-years away that represent the universe’s first accessible starlight. Revealed is the early universe, including the formation of galaxies. The Webb Telescope can also scan exoplanets for potentially life-threatening conditions and provide unprecedented high-resolution views of our own solar system.

The thermosensitive telescope must operate in extreme cold. From its orbit of the sun about a million miles from Earth, it is constantly positioned above the night side of the planet, aiming its optics and instruments in the perpetual shade of the sun and the Earth behind its sunscreen. the size of a tennis court.

Launched on Christmas Day 2021, the telescope represents the multinational cooperation of NASA and the European and Canadian space agencies.

During the telescope’s planned five- to 10-year mission, scientists anticipate answers to age-old questions, as well as introductions to new cosmic mysteries.

The image on the stamp is an artist-created digital representation of the telescope against a dazzling starscape. The edge image of a star and deep space was taken by the telescope at the start of its mission, brilliantly confirming the perfect alignment of the telescope’s 18 mirror segments.

The James Webb Space Telescope stamp is issued as a 20-part Forever stamp. This Forever stamp still has value equal to the current price of 1 ounce First Class Mail.

Pre-orders for the James Webb Space Telescope Forever stamp can be made online at usps.com/stamps from August 8.

Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal store at usps.com/shopstampsby calling 844-737-7826, by mail via United States Philatelic or at post offices across the country.

The Postal Service generally does not receive taxpayer money for its operating expenses and depends on the sale of postage, goods, and services to fund its operations.

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