PLUTO MISSION GETS 2 STAMPS
The Postal Service announced Thursday that the New Horizons flyby of Pluto, a mission with strong Boulder ties, is being honored with two new stamps.
It’s not the first time that pioneering venture has seen philatelic recognition.
In 2006, NASA placed a 29-cent, 1991 “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp on board the New Horizons spacecraft as it was embarking on its nine-year voyage.
On July 14, the spacecraft carried that stamp on its history-making mission as it sped past Pluto, just 7,700 miles above its surface and on through the Kuiper belt toward the constellation Sagittarius.
Now, a new souvenir sheet of four USPS “forever” stamps is being issued to commemorate the success of New Horizons.
The souvenir sheet contains two new stamps, each appearing twice.
The first stamp features an artist’s rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft, while the second displays the spacecraft’s image of Pluto taken near its closest approach.
The New Horizons stamps are scheduled for dedication between May 28 and June 4 at the World Stamp Show, at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
They will be available for purchase by the public at that time.