NASA, you bastards. Raise your hand if you enjoy a trip to the Post Office. Retirees clogging up the place on the first of every month? Put your hands down and think of any other day. Exactly.
Evidently, NASA and the USPS is sitting around thinking of ways to get us to enjoy the feeling of buying stamps again. Remember the incredible images of Pluto courtesy of New Horizons? The World Stamp Show in May 2016 will unveil the souvenir set.
In addition to the ‘Pluto Explored!’ commemorative stamps, the Forever collection is adding eight stamps to showcase the iconic images of our solar system. Images of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, showcase the most iconic pictures captured in the past fifty years of space exploration.
The images vary from true color – what you would see if you had a spaceship lying about, color representations to visualize certain features, and near-infrared spectrum to show details that cannot be seen by the human eye.
Mailing credit card bills never looked so good. It will never feel good, but at least it’s stylish now.
Full Moon Rising
What about the moon? Don’t worry, it gets top billing as a Global Forever stamp. Haven’t rolled into the post office since the dawn of online bill pay? The Global Forever stamp allows you to send a one-ounce letter anywhere in the world that accepts the USPS first-class service for $1.20. Yeah, I just want the stamp.
Star Trek Stamps
Ready to feel old? 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s television premiere. The Star Trek Forever collection will feature four separate stamps featuring digital illustrations from the iconic franchise.
I’m not 100% sold on Star Trek Beyond, but I’m loving the art direction by Antonio Alcala.
NASA is enjoying the attention. The agency killed it with New Horizons and kicks off 2016 off with a collection to remind everyone how vital they are to the United States and the world.
“U.S. Postal stamps express the enthusiasm and personality of senders to favorite themes in our society. From Mercury to Neptune, Pluto and Star Trek, it’s exciting to see that planetary science and space exploration are being celebrated in these new 2016 stamps,” said John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington. “On behalf of NASA scientists across the nation, we’re honored that the U.S. Postal Service has chosen to highlight NASA’s New Horizons and 50 years of planetary exploration with these iconic images.”
It’s everyone else that should be thanking NASA scientists. Now give New Horizons its next mission.