This is going to be a banner year for both Science Fiction and Science Fans. The United States Post Office has announced three new stamp sets they will be issuing this year. I admit, I'm a geek when it comes to these stamps.
The first set of stamps is being issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek. Star Trek a series that lasted about 3 years, spawned several more series and movies. Recently the movies have been re-imaged to appeal to a whole new generation. A concept that spawned several firsts including a interracial kiss.
Star Trek was the series that inspired people to dream of space travel, of going where no man has gone before. It ignited passions and a whole new generation of scientists. Star Trek showed people what it could be like out in space before man first set foot on the moon. So the Post office is releasing a set of four forever stamps to commemorate Star Trek.
The second set of stamps feature the planets of our solar system. The stamps are in full color and are shots I've never seen before. The photos are so sharp, they make me drool. The colors are so juicy, I'd love to have clothing in some of the shades. Neptune is in a beautiful deep blue that is almost purples in areas or Mercury appears yellow and blue. I want to reach out and touch each of the planets.
The final set is a two stamp set with a photo of Pluto taken from the New Horizons spaceship and the other stamp is of the space craft itself. This is really the first picture we have of Pluto. The New Horizons spaceship was launched back in 2006 to go take pictures of Pluto
The Postal service issued a stamp back in 1991 which had the caption "Pluto Not Explored" as a way of reminding people that no spacecraft had gotten close enough to see what Pluto was actually like. Now this stamp states "Pluto Explored" because pictures have been taken and transmitted back to Earth and we know what it looks like.
A year with wonderful planets and honoring the 50th anniversary of a legendary television series. I will have to keep my eyes open for these. Enjoy.