Stamp Sets Out-of-This-World Record

A 1991 US Postal stamp depicting Pluto with the caption “Unexplored” has been identified by Guinness World Records as the stamp which has traveled the furthest. The stamp was placed on board the New Horizon space craft and has flown more than 5.25 billion kilometers. The stamp continues to accrue mileage as it continues on its journey to 2014 MU69, 1.6 billion kilometers beyond Pluto.
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Next Stop: 2014 MU69

NASA’s New Horizons team has determined that the probe’s next target will be the Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69, which isn’t quite as lyrical as “Pluto,” but will probably receive a more mythical name before the probe reaches it. Discovered only last year, the 45 km wide object is about a billion miles beyond Pluto and just happens to be in the right location for a flyby.
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Perihadean Achieved

The New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to the planet Pluto today, following a nine year voyage. New Horizons has been sending back a stream of pictures of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, over the past week and will resume sending out more images over the next couple of months.

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