Landsat Images Land on US Postal Stamps

Center-pivot irrigation - Circular patterns on Kansas cropland show center-pivot sprinkler systems have been at work. Red circles indicate healthy, irrigated crops; lighter circles represent harvested crops. Corn, wheat, alfalfa, soybeans and grain sorghum account for most of the irrigated acreage in Kansas. The stamp art is a detail of an image captured by NASA/ U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 satellite. The Landsat Program is a series of Earth-observing satellite missions jointly managed by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Original Landsat image used for the making of this stamp: www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/5638320394

 

 

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The U.S. Post Office released on Oct. 1 a series of 15 Earthscapes Forever stamps that depict America's diverse landscapes viewed from aerial and satellite perspectives. Taken from heights of several hundred feet above Earth to several hundred miles up in space, the images on the stamps provide a new perspective on the world we live in.

 

"Once you've seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again," said Joseph Corbett Postal Service chief financial officer and executive vice president . "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."

 

The stamps present examples of three categories of Earthscapes: natural, agricultural and urban. The images were all taken high above the planet's surface, either carefully composed by photographers in aircraft or snapped by satellites orbiting Earth.

 

"For nearly 50 years, NASA has been at the forefront of looking at Earth from the unique vantage point of space," said Chris Scolese, center director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where the stamps were unveiled.

 

To read more go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/landsat/news/earthscapes-stamp...

 

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

 

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