30 December 2015

The Post Office Is Getting Spacey With The New 2016 Stamps And We Love It

Article re posted from http://www.popsci.com/post-office-is-getting-spacey-with-new-2016-stamps-and-we-love-it

USPS/Antonio Alcalá © 2016 USPS

Views Of Our Planets

Pluto is going postal.

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled some of the new stamps we'll see in 2016, and several came from outer space. Or rather, the images that appear on them did.

One series includes the planets of the solar system, shown in a variety of different wavelength spectrums (above). Notably absent from that collection is Pluto, everyone's favorite dwarf planet. But that's ok--Pluto is getting the star treatment with its own stamp as well as one for New Horizons, the spacecraft that visited the icy dwarf planet in July.

Credits: USPS/Antonio Alcalá © 2016 USPS

Pluto—Explored!

This isn't Pluto's first time going postal. However, thanks to New Horizons' July 14 flyby of Pluto, a 1991, 29-cent stamp that says "Pluto: Not yet explored" is no longer relevant.

A moon stamp is another beautiful addition to the collection:

USPS/Greg Breeding under the art direction of William Gicker © 2016 USPS

The Moon

And, oh yeah, and did we mention these gorgeous new Star Trek stamps commemorating the show's 50th anniversary? Yeah, we thought you might like those.

USPS/Heads of State under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá © 2016 USPS

Star Trek stamps

Now the only problem now will be trying to decide which one to use. We're gonna need more pen pals.

[Via NASA]



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