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Emily LakdawallaFebruary 9, 2012

Put New Horizons on a stamp

A week ago, the New Horizons team announced an effort to gather signatures in support of a petition to the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate the historic flyby of Pluto on a stamp. "Commemorate?" you may ask. "It's not even close to Pluto yet." You'd be right to say so, but the proposal must happen now because it can take three years from proposal to printing of a new postage stamp. (Yay for bureaucracy.) I, for one, would be thrilled to be mailing my bills and Christmas cards inside envelopes bedecked with New Horizons!

You can help make this happen. You need to do two things:

  1. Visit change.org to sign the petition. They've gathered more than 4,000 signatures so far, but they have a goal of 100,000 -- there are many more to gather.
  2. Urge your friends and acquaintances to do the same, via every social network in which you participate. Twitter -- Facebook -- Google+ -- LinkedIn -- and even good old fashioned word of mouth!
Concept for a New Horizons U.S. postage stamp

Art by Dan Durda

Concept for a New Horizons U.S. postage stamp
On February 1, 2012, the New Horizons team launched an effort to petition the U.S. Postal Service to commemorate New Horizons.

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Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist for The Planetary Society
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