Postal podcast: How A Postage Stamp Inspired The Journey To Pluto

plutostampOn 15 July 2015, New Horizons, a spacecraft built by the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) at John Hopkins University, flew past Pluto. As the New Horizons science team erupted in proud cheers, there were two other scientists who were probably feeling just as proud.

In 1991, the US Postal Service (USPS) released a set of stamps, one each for every planet of our solar system. But, there was one hitch. Since Pluto was yet unexplored, no one knew how the dwarf planet (then a planet) looked like. The result was a greenish-blue circle that was labelled Pluto and the words “Not Yet Explored”. Continue reading

Audio: Ruth Goldway and Gene Del Polito discuss five day delivery and more

From Postcom: “Join PostCom President Gene Del Polito and Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway in a discussion of a number of wide-ranging topics including: the PRC’s recent five-day decision, the Annual Compliance Determination, the PRC’s complaint process, difficulties with service performance measurement, and more.”

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