Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Canada Post launches stamp for Canadarm robotic arm


Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!

May 4, 2017: Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen unveiled the Canadarm stamp together. The new Canadarm stamp, which goes on sale on June 1, features a photo of the robotic arm taken on April 25, 1990 as it grappled the Hubble Space Telescope in the payload bay of the shuttle Discovery to place the observatory into orbit. First tested in orbit on Nov. 13, 1981, during the second mission of NASA's space shuttle Columbia, the Canadarm shuttle remote manipulator system (SRMS) made possible the deployment and recovery of satellites from the payload bay of the shuttle and played a critical role in the assembly of the International Space Station.

The 50-foot-long (15-meter) robotic arms—five were flown between 1981 and 2011—featured six rotating joints and could maneuver items in space that had a mass equivalent to a fully-loaded city bus.

Credit: Canada Post
Release Date: May 4, 2017


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