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U.S. Air and Space Stamp Gallery

Space Stamps – Telescopes


Keck Observatory, Hawaii, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409c, Gravure
Keck Observatory, Hawaii, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409c, Gravure
Keck Observatory,
2000, Scott 3409c,
Gravure

The study of space through both Earth-based and Earth-orbiting telescopes has been the subject of a large number of U.S. space stamps. Some illustrate the great observatories of Earth, all located on high mountains to minimize atmospheric distortion. Others show the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. And still more offer images captured by astronomers, of distant stars and galaxies.

Hubble Space Telescope
The best-known satellite on U.S. postage stamps is the Hubble Space Telescope, launched from the space shuttle Discovery in April 1990. Named for the 20th-century American astronomer Edwin Hubble, this large satellite is a joint project of NASA and the European Space Agency. A large optical telescope, it uses principles similar to those used in large telescopes on Earth. It is able to acquire far more detail than Earth-based telescope, however, because of its location in orbit outside of Earth’s atmosphere. U.S. postage stamps have shown the Hubble itself as well as dramatic images captured by the satellite in orbit.


Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409a, Gravure
Hubble Space Telescope in Earth orbit, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409a, Gravure
Hubble Space Telescope,
2000, Scott 3409a,
Gravure
Very Large Array (VLA), New Mexico, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409b, Gravure
Very Large Array (VLA), New Mexico, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409b, Gravure
Very Large Array,
2000, Scott 3409b,
Gravure
Keck Observatory, Hawaii, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409c, Gravure
Keck Observatory, Hawaii, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409c, Gravure
Keck Observatory,
2000, Scott 3409c,
Gravure
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409d, Gravure
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409d, Gravure
Cerro Tololo Observatory,
2000, Scott 3409d,
Gravure
Mount Wilson Observatory, California, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409e, Gravure
Mount Wilson Observatory, California, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409e, Gravure
Mount Wilson Observatory,
2000, Scott 3409e,
Gravure
Arecibo radio telescope, Puerto Rico, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409f, Gravure
Arecibo radio telescope, Puerto Rico, Probing the Vastness of Space, 2000, Scott 3409f, Gravure
Arecibo radio telescope,
2000, Scott 3409f,
Gravure
Eagle nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3384, Gravure
Eagle nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3384, Gravure
Eagle nebula, 2000,
Scott 3384, Gravure
Ring nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3385, Gravure
Ring nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3385, Gravure
Ring nebula, 2000,
Scott 3385, Gravure
Lagoon nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3386, Gravure
Lagoon nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3386, Gravure
Lagoon nebula, 2000,
Scott 3386, Gravure
Egg nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3387, Gravure
Egg nebula, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3387, Gravure
Egg nebula, 2000,
Scott 3387, Gravure
Galaxy NGC 1316, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3388, Gravure
Galaxy NGC 1316, Hubble Space Telescope image, 2000, Scott 3388, Gravure
Galaxy NGC 1316, 2000,
Scott 3388, Gravure