The Postal Service will celebrate NASA’s continued exploration of deep space by releasing two new stamps featuring stunning images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.
The $9.85 Priority Mail stamp shows the Pillars of Creation, a trillions-of-miles-tall formation that lies 6,500 light-years away from Earth within the vast Eagle Nebula.
Flush with gas and dust, the Pillars enshroud stars that are forming over many millennia. The Webb Telescope snapped the eerie image in 2022, revealing a new view of a vast stellar landscape.
The $30.45 Priority Mail Express stamp shows the Cosmic Cliffs of the Carina Nebula, a stellar nursery.
Within the enormous swirl of the Cosmic Cliffs, radiation and solar winds emitted by newly formed stars blow gases and dust into a frenzy of creation and destruction. These particles are the active building blocks of new stars and planets.
Both stamps, sold in panes of four, will be available at usps.com and some Post Offices, beginning Monday, Jan. 22.