Beam up these cool “Star Trek” stamps as well as those honoring real-life space exploration in 2016 from the US Postal Service.
If you still like to send letters the old fashioned way and show off your geeky side, the US Postal Service has a new set of stamps coming out in 2016 to satisfy your Trekkie side.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the television premiere of “Star Trek” on 1966, the US Postal Service announced plans to release four new Forever stamps (which cost 49 cents each in America, roughly converting to £0.33 in UK or AU$0.65).
The new stamps include retro illustrations of classic “Star Trek” symbols of a crewman in a transporter, the Starfleet insignia, the Starship Enterprise and Spock’s famous Vulcan salute.
The backgrounds of the stamps use the colors of the Starfleet uniforms — blue, yellow, green and (of course) red.
The base of the stamps include a background of stars with the text “Space… the final frontier,” which is taken from Captain Kirk’s opening lines on each “Star Trek” episode.
Heads of State designed the stamps under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá.
If you prefer the exploration of real-life space, the US Postal Service also announced “Views of Our Planets” stamps with eight new colorful Forever stamps, featuring Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
No need to hop into the Enterprise to see our own solar system with these vivid planet stamps coming out in 2016.
The US Postal Service also plans on releasing “Pluto Explored!” stamps to commemorate not only Pluto but NASA’s New Horizons mission.
“The New Horizons project is proud to have such an important honor from the US Postal Service,” said Alan Stern, the New Horizons principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado said in a NASA statement.
“Since the early 1990s the old, ‘Pluto Not Explored’ stamp served as a rallying cry for many who wanted to mount this historic mission of space exploration,” Stern added. “Now that NASA’s New Horizons has accomplished that goal, it’s a wonderful feeling to see these new stamps join others commemorating first explorations of the planets.”
The moon also gets a beautiful set of round stamps. At $1.20 (roughly £0.80 or AU$1.60), this Global Forever stamp can be used to mail a 1 oz. letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available.