The Space Stamp Act
Everybody loves stamps, right? We all love space here too, so this one’s right up your alley! I found this pretty cool article while browsing through Universe Today written by Ray Sanders yesterday. The New Horizons mission which was launched in 2006 will be the first mission to explore Pluto in July 2015. The folks at NASA and New Horizons are hoping to commemorate this first is human spaceflight with a specialized stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. Since it usually takes a year or two for the Postmaster General to approve new stamp designs (testament to the outdated nature of the USPS) New Horizons has already begun work to get the design approved by the time the probe reaches Pluto on July 14, 2015. One of the deciding factors behind a new stamp design appeal is whether or not there is a large group of people who want to see it as a stamp. So New Horizons has created a petition and is collecting signatures for all those who want to see the first flyby mission of Pluto commemorated on a postage stamp to go into your collection or to stick your tongue to as slap on ye olde envelope and put in yonder mailbox. Please read Mr. Sanders’ article on Universe Today for more information which also includes a link to the petition. Their goal is 100,000 signatures on the petition before they deliver it to the Postal Service. In my opinion, although stamps seem trivial and insignificant to many, we need as many people as possible to be aware of what our country is doing in space and to be interested. This stamp campaign would be a great way for NASA to get some attention for the ground-breaking work they do everyday!