Depicting America’s diverse landscapes on photos taken from ultra lights to satellites, the Earthscapes stamps provide a view of the nation’s diverse landscapes in a whole new way—from heights ranging from several hundred feet above Earth to several hundred miles in space. Each stamp’s unique perspective makes it a window into a world most of us never experience.The photographs on the stamps were all taken high above the planet’s surface, either snapped by orbiting satellites or carefully composed by photographers in aircraft.
“Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again,” U.S. Postal Service Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett said. “That’s why the Postal Service is proud to offer these Earthscapes stamps, which invite us to take a bird’s-eye view of the land we all share.”
Joining Corbett in dedicating the stamps were NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director Christopher Scolese; NASA Landsat Project Scientist Jeff Masek; Earthscapes stamp photographer Cameron Davidson; Smithsonian National Postal Museum Education Director K. Allison Wickens; Linn’s Stamp News Senior Editor-Digital Media Jay Bigalke; and WJLA/ABC-TV Meteorologist Bob Ryan.
“For nearly 50 years, NASA has been at the forefront of looking at Earth from the unique vantage point of space” Scolese said.
NASA uses a fleet of satellites to study Earth and to better understand the changing climate, its interaction with life, and how human activities affect the environment. Through partnerships with national and international agencies, NASA science enables the application of this understanding for the well-being of society.
What a way to kick off National Stamp Collecting Month! We are on cloud nine.