As the James Webb Space Telescope settles into a solar orbit, another version of the satellite will soon be emitted around the Earth, according to a digitartlend report.
And the United States Postal Service (USPS) will release a new stamp featuring the most powerful space telescope ever built later this year, giving space memorabilia (or stamps!) collectors something new to add to their collection, and adding something to letter-writers to stick on their envelopes.
In a message announcing the new character, USPS said: “Celebrate NASA’s remarkable James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most complex ever deployed in space, able to look directly at the early universe and study every stage of cosmic history.”
The postal service said the image on the stamp is an artist’s digitally generated depiction of the telescope “against a dazzling stellar spectacle,” adding that the image of the star that will appear at the top of the stamp sheet was taken by the Webb Telescope early in its mission during tests to confirm the perfect alignment of the segments. The 18th mirror of the telescope.
The new stamp, whose exact release date has not yet been announced, was designed by Artistic Director Derry Noyes using existing art created by James Vaughan and an image provided by NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute, the USPS said.
NASA shared the news of the stamp creation in a tweet, saying, “Signed, sealed, delivered, we’re yours. USPS plans to release NASA Webb stamps later this year. (And we plan to release NASAWebb images of the universe.) Stay tuned for all the special deliveries.”
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched into space in December 2021 on a mission scheduled to last at least 10 years. The ambitious $10 billion project is a joint effort between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.
The telescope will explore deep space in an effort to learn more about the origins of the universe while also looking for distant planets that might support life.
Webb’s activities will complement the work of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been broadcasting dramatic images of deep space during its own explorations for the past three decades.
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