PLUTO MIS­SION GETS 2 STAMPS

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By the Daily Cam­era

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.

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