Are you a space geek? It’s hard not to be when we look at the wondrous images that the James Webb Space Telescope is sending back to Earth. Well, now you can honor JWST’s achievements via the United States Postal Service.
“With these stamps, people across the country can have their own snapshot of Webb’s captivating images – and the incredible science they represent – at their fingertips, and know that they, too, are part of this ground-breaking new era in astronomy,” said Nicola Fox, associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
The post office is releasing two Priority Mail stamps: the first, for Priority Mail Express, is an image of the “Cosmic Cliffs” in the Carina Nebula, over 7,600 light-years away. The second stamp features the “Pillars of Creation” in the Eagle Nebula, which is 6,500 light-years from Earth.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the largest, most complex telescope ever put in space.
“NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is the perfect intersection of science, engineering, and art as it reveals the greatest secrets of our cosmos through the beautiful images it captures,” said Fox.
JWST has already pulled back the curtain on some of the farthest galaxies, stars, and black holes ever observed; solved a longstanding mystery about the early universe; given us a more detailed look at the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system than ever before; and offered new views and insights into our own cosmic backyard.
To learn more about Webb, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/webb
To purchase these stamps, visit the USPS site or your local post office.
(Seriously, go buy some. My sister and brother-in-law work for the post office, and they thank you.)