On the New Horizons Stamp Petition

A few days ago my parents told me that my three-year-old niece had developed an interest in astronomy, that she had been asking her parents questions about Mars and Uranus, and she wanted to know what all the planets.

“Oh,” I said. “That’s easy.” And I rattled off the list of planets, from Mercury on out to Pluto.

“Pluto’s not a planet any more,” said my mom.

“That’s bullshit,” I replied. “And I will go on saying it’s bullshit. They ‘say’ Pluto’s not a planet for completely bogus reasons. Hasn’t cleared its orbital path? No planet has cleared its orbital path; there are Trojan asteroids at the Lagrange points.” (Yes, I realize this was completely over my mom’s head. Be that as it may…) “The reality is that the muckety-mucks don’t want to deal with the trans-Neptunian objects like Sedna and Eris that are larger than Pluto, and they don’t want to call them planets, so Pluto can’t be a planet.”

And then to punctuate the point, “It’s bullshit. Pluto’s a bloody planet.” I toss off “bloody” in every day conversation the way New Yorkers toss off the F-bomb.

Maybe if we ever find Tyche then order will be restored and the solar system will have nine planets once more. 🙂

I bring up Pluto because the New Horizons probe is speading on its way to the planet and will arrive there in three years.

And there’s a movement afoot to get Pluto and New Horizons on a commemorative stamp. Learn more about Pluto and the Postal Service with the video below:

I’ve added my name to the petition for a New Horizons stamp. I like cool stamps. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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