26 July 2022
The device seeks to answer old questions as it uncovers new cosmic mysteries
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The James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most sensitive ever launched, can peer into the boundaries of the known universe.
The US Postal Service will celebrate this remarkable device with the James Webb Space Telescope Forever Coming Seal.
Artistic Director Derry Noyes was the designer of the stamps, 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. Character news is shared with the hashtag #WebbTelescopeStamp.
Anton Hajjar, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Postal Service
Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 11am ET
Smithsonian National Post Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington DC 20002-4945
Attendees at the dedication ceremony are encouraged to RSVP to: usps.com/webtelescope.
The US Postal Service is celebrating NASA’s remarkable James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most complex telescope ever deployed in space – capable of looking directly at the early universe and studying every stage of cosmic history.
The gold-coated mirror segments form a 21-foot-wide lens that captures faint infrared rays from billions of light-years away, the first accessible starlight in the universe. The universe was revealed in its infancy, including the formation of galaxies. The Webb telescope can also analyze exoplanets for conditions that might support life and provide unprecedentedly high-resolution views of our solar system.
A heat-sensitive telescope must operate in extreme cold. From its orbit around the sun about a million miles from Earth, it is constantly positioned above the night side of the planet, directing its optics and instruments in permanent shade from the sun and the earth behind its tennis-court-sized sun shield.
The telescope was launched on Christmas Day 2021, and represents a multinational collaboration between NASA and the European and Canadian space agencies.
During the telescope’s projected five to 10 year mission, scientists expect answers to old questions — as well as introductions to new cosmic mysteries.
The image on the seal is an artist’s digitally generated depiction of the telescope against a dazzling stellar spectacle. The telescope captured the rim image of a distant star and space early in its mission, subtly confirming the perfect alignment of the telescope’s 18 mirror sectors.
The James Webb Space Telescope Seal is issued as a Forever stamp in 20 parts. This Forever stamp is always equal to the current price of an ounce of First Class mail.
Pre-orders for the James Webb Space Telescope Forever Seal can be made online at usps.com/stamps Beginning August 8.
Customers can purchase stamps and other philatelic products through Postal Store in usps.com/shopstampsby calling 844-737-7826, by mail United States Philatelic or at post office locations nationwide.
The Postal Service generally does not receive tax dollars to cover operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations.
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