Pluto needs you

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

You may have heard over the past month of an effort to recognize the New Horizons mission now en route to Pluto and due to arrive in 2015. Now, many of you know the folks here at Astronomy are Pluto backers. I was a friend of Clyde Tombaugh and considered it a great honor to have known and observed with him quite a few times before his death in 1997. Most of us here feel the “demotion” of Pluto to dwarf planet status was a silly exercise by the International Astronomical Union. And we’re all excited to see the last great unexplored realm of the solar system reached in the flyby that will happen just three years from now.

Astronomy magazine
So I strongly urge you to visit this page and sign the petition to honor New Horizons and the exploration of Pluto with a United States postage stamp.

The proposed design you see at right was executed by another good friend of the magazine, planetary scientist and astronomical illustrator Dan Durda.

For more on the effort, see the New Horizons mission news release.

Watch for more on our website, www.astronomy.com, in the coming days about this effort. And thanks to Alan Stern for all he is doing to explore the last unexplored ... well, planet.

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