Honor New Horizons and the Exploration of Pluto with a USPS Stamp
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Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee of the US Postal Service

Honor New Horizons and the Exploration of Pluto with a USPS Stamp

    1. Petition by

      Con Tsang. For Information, Go To "New Horizons"

The nation has an opportunity to honor a truly exemplary accomplishment of humankind in general, and the U.S. space program in particular, with a new U.S. postage stamp in 2015 honoring the flyby and reconnaissance of the Pluto system by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

New Horizons lifted off in January 2006 aboard a U.S. Atlas V rocket, the fastest spacecraft ever launched. In fact, New Horizons crossed the orbit of the Moon in just nine  hours - almost 10 times quicker than the Apollo lunar missions. Since then, New Horizons has been speeding toward Pluto – more than three billion miles from Earth -- covering nearly one million miles a day!

New Horizons will make its closest approach to Pluto and its family of moons on July 14, 2015, 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 made the first successful flyby of Mars. 

With the New Horizons flyby of Pluto, the U.S. space program will complete the first era of planetary reconnaissance, a profoundly inspiring feat of lasting historical significance.  Moreover, the Pluto flyby will represent the first exploration of the Kuiper Belt, the first exploration of a double planet, the first exploration of an ice dwarf planet, and the farthest object ever explored in space.

Join the mission team in asking the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate the historic achievements of New Horizons by signing this petition in support of a new postage stamp, supplanting the 1990 U.S. stamp that described  Pluto simply as “Not Yet Explored.”

The petition urges the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the Postmaster General a stamp in honor of New Horizons. We’re starting now because it can take three years or longer for a postage stamp proposal to result in an actual stamp.

So sign this petition by March 13 -- the 82nd anniversary of the announcement of Pluto’s discovery --  and tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers  to sign  as well!

Let’s celebrate what humans can achieve though hard work, technical excellence, scientific inquiry and the uniquely human spirit of exploration.

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    • Jeff Overturf HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Planetary science is IMPORTANT!. Scientific literacy is IMPORTANT!

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    • Paul Bergevin FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      Space exploration has allowed us, meaning human civilization to grow beyond our planet.

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    • CM Wms GOOCHLAND, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me because when I was a student, Pluto was considered a planet. Now that my children are students, they seem to spend more time talking about the fact that Pluto is no longer considered a planet than all the other planets combined. This makes Pluto interesting and should be commemorated.

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    • Kristof Szentpetery BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
      • over 1 year ago

      I think that the exploration of the outer solar skystem is very important for us, if we want to find life ever beyond our planet.

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    • Jon H N/A, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      There's too many space-ignorant people in the world, let alone this country. If more people were involved in spreading astronomical knowledge, the world would be in my opinoin a much better place for us all

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