colorful ring of material encircling a dying star. Sky-high
pillars of dust and gas that serve as incubators for
embryonic stars. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has brought
the beauty of space to the living rooms of the world.
Named in honor of famous American astronomer Edwin Powell
Hubble, the Earth-orbiting observatory's name has become
synonymous with space discovery. Now the U.S.
Postal Service is paying tribute to Hubble, the
astronomer, and Hubble, the telescope, by offering five
stamps bearing spectacular Hubble images Eagle
Nebula, Ring Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Egg Nebula, and
Galaxy NGC 1316. The stamp pane's selvage image is a
1949 black-and-white photograph of Edwin Hubble posing
with the 48-inch Schmidt Telescope at Palomar Observatory.