The postal service will still not deliver your mail to the stars, but it's the next best thing: Last Wednesday, the agency launched a stamp in honor of Sally Ride, the first American. The stamps, which currently cost $ 10 for $ 20, are Forever stamps, which are always acceptable for first-rate mail.
Ironically, before her death in 2012, she asked NASA not to sell products with her portrait or name on them. But the stamps seem to have the approval of Rides partner of nearly 30 years.
"Sally began collecting stamps when she was a girl, and she continued to do so all her life – especially stamps from the Olympics and space exploration." Tam O & # 39; Shaughnessy said in a news release. "Sally would be honored to have her portrait stamped on a US postmark."
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In addition to her work as an astronaut, she was also a physics professor and co-author of children's books on the solar system. Her research involved working with Thomson scattering, a phenomenon that occurs when a laser beam strikes a particle. She co-founded Sally Ride Science, a nonprofit organization that encourages middle and high school students to explore the natural sciences.
Ride died of pancreatic cancer in 2012 at the age of 61 years.
The stamps are available at post offices or can be ordered online.