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Little Postage Stamp Travels All the Way to Pluto

The 29-cent postage stamp set a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by a postage stamp

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    United States Postal Service
    A 29-cent postage stamp set a Guinness World Record for longest distance traveled by a postage stamp.

    A little postage stamp went on a big journey almost a decade ago—and set a world record in the process.

    In the long list of Guinness World Records that we had no idea existed, a 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled a very long way to set a world record for the “farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp.”

    In 2006, the young stamp embarked on a journey to everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. It traveled over three billion miles on a mission to stamp its way into the record books.

    The 29-cent postage sticker journeyed inside a NASA spacecraft as part of the New Horizons mission, according to a NASA press release.

    “The stamp also served as NASA's rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto,” the press release said.

    And its journey isn’t over yet! NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will travel another one billion miles to find an “object known as 2014 MU69- considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system,” the press release said.

    NASA, along with the U.S. Postal Service, celebrated the victory on July 19 at the Postal Service Headquarters. Anyone who is a fan of space has been asked to use the hastag #PlutoExplored on social media to spread the good news.


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