US Postal Service releases ‘Sun Science’ stamps with NASA imagery

The U.S. Postal Service is using first day covers postmarked for the Sun Science stamps release on June 18, 2021. (Image credit: USPS by means of collectSPACE.com) A ceremony scheduled for Friday morning at the primary post office in Greenbelt, Maryland, was set to mark the authorities very first day of problem for the Sun Science stamps. Thomas Marshall, basic counsel and executive vice president of the USPS and Dennis Andrucyk, director of NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center were set up to command the occasion.

The U.S. Postal Service has actually launched “Sun Science,” a set of 10 postage stamps including images from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) of our nearby star. (Image credit: USPS by means of collectSPACE.com) The sun has actually risen on a new set of postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service is providing first day covers postmarked for the Sun Science stamps release on June 18, 2021. (Image credit: USPS by means of collectSPACE.com) An event set up for Friday morning at the main post workplace in Greenbelt, Maryland, was set to mark the authorities very first day of problem for the Sun Science stamps. Developed by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá, each of the 10 stamps feature a single image of the sun set against a black background.” The Sun is the only star that human beings are able to observe in terrific information, making it a vital source of information about the universe,” the USPS describes on its site. The 2nd set includes a digital color postmark, which “evokes 2 intense and vivid suns, surrounded by drifting hoops that suggest our nearest stars overview,” according to the USPS.

” The Sun is the only star that humans have the ability to observe in fantastic detail, making it an essential source of info about the universe,” the USPS describes on its website. “The Solar Dynamics Observatory lets us see the sun in wavelengths of ultraviolet light that would otherwise be unnoticeable to our eyes. Each black-and-white image is colorized to the bright hues seen here.”.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Friday (June 18) released “Sun Science,” a collection of 10 stamps celebrating the research study of heliophysics utilizing the imagery from a NASA probe.
” The U.S. Postal Service illuminates the light and warmth of our closest star by highlighting these stunning images of the Sun on stamps,” the USPS wrote, describing the brand-new Forever-denomination stamps. “These 10 images originated from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory, a spacecraft launched in February 2010 to keep a continuous watch on the Sun.”
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Alex Young, associate director for science in NASAs heliophysics science division and Yaireska Collado-Vega, director of the Moon to Mars area weather condition analysis workplace at the Goddard Space Flight Center were also set up to deliver remarks.
( The ceremony was relocated from the Goddard Space Flight Center due to observance of the Juneteenth federal holiday and the NASA facility being closed.).
Developed by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá, each of the 10 stamps include a single image of the sun set against a black background. Each illustrates the sun in bold colors, which are based upon the various wavelengths that expose or highlight particular features of its activity. The images show typical occasions on the sun, such as solar flares, sunspots and coronal loops.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was NASAs first mission dedicated to its “Living With a Star” program, which concentrates on increasing our understanding of the reasons for solar variability and its effect on Earth. Launched into an inclined geosynchronous orbit in 2010, SDO has had the ability to make constant observations of the sun while transferring its information to a devoted ground station in New Mexico.
The 15-foot by 6.5-foot (4.5 by 2-meter) spacecraft is equipped with equipment and instruments to capture images of the sun in noticeable, ultraviolet and extreme ultraviolet light. SDO has collected hundreds of countless images throughout its more than a decade-long period, assisting scientists to learn more about how our star works and how its constantly churning electromagnetic fields produce the solar activity that we see.
The Sun Science stamps are now offered at U.S. post workplaces nationwide and through the USPS website. The stamps are sold in panes of 20, with 2 of each design on each sheet.
The online shop likewise has several related items aimed at stamp collectors and lovers.
Two different “very first day cover” sets are readily available (a “cover” is a stamped envelope postmarked for a substantial date; a “first day cover” is a cover postmarked for the day the stamp attached to the envelope was released). One set features a black ink pictorial postmark, which is styled after solar radiation. The second set features a digital color postmark, which “evokes 2 fiery and vivid suns, surrounded by floating hoops that suggest our nearest stars summary,” according to the USPS.
Both sets consist of 10 very first day covers, each dated for June 18, 2021 and Greenbelt, Maryland. They retail for $9.90 and $17, respectively.
Likewise sold is a set of the 10 “Sun Science” postage stamps installed with an enlargement of one of the stamps showing sunspots. The 13-inch by 16-inch (33 by 41 cm) discussion is showcased in a black frame and costs $40.
In overall, the USPS printed 30 million of the “Sun Science” postage stamps with a foil finish. The Forever stamps are priced at $11 per sheet.
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