Visit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/ for all the latest breaking news updates on data and photos arriving from yesterday’s historic Pluto flyby of New Horizons. On Twitter: follow hashtag #PlutoFlyby
It seems like it has taken FOREVER! 🙂 !! => #PlutoFlyby
But finally, earlier this morning on 7.14.2015, New Horizons began her closest approach to Pluto. It will take on average more than 5 hours for her photos and other observations to arrive back on earth, where billions of fascinated people around the world will be treated to a series of ever-sharpening, higher resolution color photos of the little dwarf planet, which might be “the last in the solar system”, but never the least in our hearts. I personally mark this day as being every bit as important as the day we landed on the moon for the first time. It’s a fantastic science / astronomy milestone for all of humanity to celebrate and treasure forever.
If you are like me, and cannot get enough of all of it – be sure to tune into the National Geographic Channel tonight at 9 pm EST for a full documentary about the mission to Pluto. Get more info here.
Cited: At 7:49 a.m. EDT, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew within 8,000 miles of dwarf planet Pluto after a 9.5-year journey through the solar system. Though the spacecraft was quiet during the flyby—it won’t phone home again until later tonight—the scene inside mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physical Laboratory was anything but silent, with hundreds of people erupting in cheers and waving flags at the moment of closest approach.
Live coverage of NASA’s New Horizons mission is here. You can login to YouTube to participate in live chat about the ongoing mission. This page will be updated all week:
There has been no shortage of earlier, ‘blurry blob’ photos taken of Pluto as New Horizons swung into the last few hundred million miles of her last approach. There has also been no shortage of delightfully complex info-graphics explaining a thousand details about this historic mission. I have selected just a few of the more noteworthy ones and included them in this post.
Below, an artist’s rendering of what is hoped for in new clarity and sharpness of our photographic images of Pluto, as the fly-by information is beamed back to earth:
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