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2012年11月8日星期四

Space Science Stamp Set

In 1962, Ariel 1, the first ever British satellite, was launched from Cape Canaveral. In the 50 years since, British scientists, universities and companies have played a major role in the exploration of space, making this an anniversary that fully deserves to be celebrated.

The Mint Stamps features six exquisite photographs captured by ESA probes, complete with explanatory captions.

1st Class – Sun(太陽): this image was gathered from the ESA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) midway between the Earth and the Sun. It shows particles being ejected from the solar surface.

1st Class – Venus(金星): taken from the ESA’s Venus Express probe, the photo shows clouds in the southern hemisphere of the second planet out from the Sun.

77p – Mars(火星): a large area of ice within a 35km-wide impact crater on the red planet was photographed by the ESA’s Mars Express probe.


77p – Lutetia(司琴星): on route to a meeting with the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko the ESA probe Rosetta came within 800km of the Lutetia asteroid, located in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

£1.28 – Saturn(土星): illuminated by the Sun behind, the beautiful rings of Saturn were photographed by the Cassini probe.

£1.28 – Titan(泰坦星): in 2005 the ESA’s Huygens probe parachuted through the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon to land on Titan’s surface. The image captured here was taken on the way to this historic encounter.


Source: Royal Mail

Issue Date: 16 October 2012



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