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Pluto – Explored!

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Name Value
Date of Issue May 31, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 7,500,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.47
Perforation or Dimension 1.23 x 1.23 in.⁄31.12 x 31.12 mm
Series Pluto – Explored!
Series Time Span 2016
Issue Location New York, NY 10199
Postal Administration United States

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Souvenir Sheet of 4 (2 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 3,750,000
Original Purchase Price: $1.88
SKU: 586604
Dimension: 3.50 x 3.50 in.⁄88.90 x 88.90 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Spot Tag
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About Stamp Series

On May 31, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Pluto – Explored! stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of four stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide May 31, 2016.

This stamp celebrates NASA's history-making first reconnaissance of Pluto in 2015 by the New Horizons mission.

The Pluto–Explored! souvenir sheet contains two stamp designs. One shows an artist's rendering of the New Horizons spacecraft. The other shows the spacecraft's striking image of Pluto taken near closest approach. The view—which is color-enhanced to highlight surface texture and composition—is a composite of four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), combined with color data from the imaging instrument Ralph. It clearly reveals the now-famous heart-shaped feature that measures about 1,000 miles across at its widest point.

The Pluto flyby completes a historic, half-century era of solar system reconnaissance by the United States. After NASA probed every planet out to Neptune between 1962 and 1989, it took another quarter century to reach Pluto. The United States, through NASA, has been the first nation to explore each of the planets.

The New Horizons mission to Pluto and the vast region beyond Neptune called the Kuiper Belt is one of the great explorations of history.

Antonio Antonio Alcalá was the art director and designer of the sheet.

Pluto–Explored! is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Image Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 422 C Grey


Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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