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From newsletter 3:

18.  TOMBAUGH, Clyde W. Publicity sheet of Pluto signed by the discoverer of the planet.  NASA fact sheet, dated 1994, with artist's impression (by Pat Rawlings) in colours of Pluto and its moon Charon, signed in felt tip pen by Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered 'Planet X' in 1930. Oblong 25,3 x 20,4 cm.  

€ 80

* Pluto lost its status as a planet in 2006, but Tombaugh didn't live to be offended by this degradation: he died in 1997, 90 years old. The ambitious astronomer signed many items with that same sentence, 'Discovered 9th planet, Pluto, on 18 Feb 1930'. This is a very nice one with a fine, large impression of what Pluto might look like.

By the way, the fact sheet predicts the atmospheric collapse of Pluto 'onto the surface in a planet-wide snow storm' in 2010. While we are expecting this snow storm, or distrusting this detailed weather forecast 16 years ahead, an ounce of the late Clyde Tombaugh's ashes is en route to his dear planet child with the greatest speed ever achieved by human means with the robot spacecraft New Horizons. It is planned to pass by Pluto at 13.700 km on July 14, 2015 around 11:47 Greenwich Mean Time. Grab the chance to buy an original autograph of a man of whom a part (possibly his very writing hand) is at this moment nearing to 4.5 billion kilometres from home. No human particle ever traveled so far...