Held on the first Friday of May since 1997, Space Day is dedicated to the celebration of the great achievements in space travel and exploration, and promoting education about the vastness that lies beyond. My interest in space has always been a mixture of fascination and awe. Science was never my subject, but learning about space and imagining other worlds still provides endless enjoyment, especially when I’m learning about through stamps!
In honor of Space Day, I’m sharing my 10 favorite space-themed stamps (it was hard to narrow them down!) and what they’ve taught me about the final frontier.
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope imaged an eerie cradle of star formation called the Lagoon Nebula. The giant clouds of dusty gas may have been shaped by high-speed interstellar winds created within the clouds by newly formed stars.
Reminiscent of the 1930s vision of space travel made popular in movies and comic book adventures, this fantasy of futuristic space life brings a sense of whimsy and imagination to the somewhat terrifying notion of one day living in space.
From colonizing remote planets to building lunar bases to zooming through the stars, we have pictured a variety of outer space adventures, many of which have been realized. Perhaps one day a base like this imagined one will not seem like such a fantasy.
The Palomar Observatory in San Diego County, California, houses five telescopes that are nightly used to conduct astronomical research and collect data. An essential component to space exploration, telescopes let us view the solar system from Earth long before we broke through the atmosphere.
It is truly amazing what humans have accomplished in outer space. Though the space shuttle age is over, we’ve only just begun to discover what lies beyond our world.