Sunday, March 10, 2002
The exploration of space has been one of the most intriguing pursuits of modern man.
One man has forever changed humanity's understanding of the universe ï¿½ Edwin Powell Hubble (l889-1953), eminent American astronomer.
As we entered the new millennium, it was fitting that great impetus be given to our space endeavors, and in 2000 the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of five new 33-cent stamps honoring Hubble's contributions to astronomy.
The stamps feature photos of the galaxies. Hubble classified the galaxies, grouping them by size and shape.
The legacy of Hubble is well represented by the Hubble Space Telescope. Deployed from the space shuttle Discovery in 1990, the telescope is the largest and most complex astronomical observatory ever placed in orbit.
The Hubble Telescope has photographed images of astronomical objects hundreds of thousands of times, peering at these nebulas and giving scientists new insights into cosmic phenomena.
Tribute to the Met
Because they often call for large orchestras, casts and production methods, operas usually are performed in large theaters called opera houses. One of the most admired in the world is the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The Met opened to the public in 1883, but in 1966 it moved to a new building and became the centerpiece of the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts.
As a tribute the Met, the Postal Service issued a 20-cent stamp in 1983 showing details of the old and new buildings.