Friday, June 3, 2016

USA 2016
Views of Our Planets

ISSUE DATE: 31 May 2016
THEME:Planets of the Solar System
ART DIRECTOR: Antonio Alcalá
DESIGNER: Antonio Alcalá

During the modern era of space exploration, the planets of our solar system have been viewed with increasing clarity, thanks to the distant voyages of unmanned spacecraft and the development of ever-more powerful telescopes. With this pane of 16 stamps, the U.S. Postal Service® showcases some of the more visually compelling full-disk images of the planets obtained during this era.

Eight new colorful Forever® stamps, each shown twice, feature Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Some show the planet’s “true” color—what we might see with our own eyes if traveling through space. Others use colors to represent and visualize certain features of a planet based on imaging data. Still others use the near-infrared spectrum to show things that cannot be seen by the human eye in visible light. Verso text explains what these images reveal and identifies the spacecrafts and powerful telescopes that helped obtain them.

Image Credits:
Earth – NASA
Jupiter – NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona)
Mars – NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Mercury – NASA/The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Neptune – NASA/JPL-Caltech
Saturn – NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Uranus – NASA, ESA, and E. Karkoschka (Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona)
Venus – NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earth, as seen from NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite in 2011.

Jupiter, as seen by NASA's Hubble telescope in infrared colors in 2004.

Mars, in a composite photo of 24 images NASA's Mars Global Surveyor took one day in 1999.

Mercury, taken by NASA's Messenger spacecraft in 2011-12.

Neptune, as seen by NASA's Voyager 2 space probe in 1989.

Saturn, as captured by Hubble in 1998.

Uranus, taken by Hubble in 2003.

Venus, in simulated colors using data from the radar sensor NASA's Magellan spacecraft collected in 1991.

Stamp images and description thanks to USPS

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