New NASA stamps to debut May 31st at your local post office
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Beginning May 31st, new “Views of Our Planets” Forever stamps featuring iconic images of the planets in our solar system will land at your local post office.
The new images include the well-known “Blue Marble” photo of Earth.
In addition to the “Pluto Explored” Forever stamps commemorating the July 2015 flyby of Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft also are being issued for online purchase.
The May 31 first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Pluto and planetary stamps will be in New York City at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. This international gathering of stamp collectors occurs only once each decade in the United States, and – with more than 250,000 visitors expected to attend – is the largest stamp show in the world.
“The unveiling of these breathtaking new images of Pluto and our planets will be an exciting day for NASA and for all who love space exploration, said Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “With the 2015 Pluto flyby, we’ve completed the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, and we’re grateful to the U.S. Postal Service for commemorating this historic achievement.”
The new “Views of our Planets” stamps will be widely available across the U.S. at post offices and for online purchase beginning May 31. The Pluto—Explored! Forever stamps will only be sold online or by calling 800-782-6724.