Pluto!!!Posted: July 13, 2015
I know this is a legal blog, but I must digress for a moment to share my excitement about the impending arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft at Pluto!!!! Barely 20 hours from now, the spacecraft–launched nine years ago and having traveled 3 billion miles–will pass within 7,800 miles of what was formerly the ninth planet in our solar system, but was downgraded several years ago to “dwarf planet” status and is now considered part of the Kuiper Belt, a vast population of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune.
New Horizons took this picture of Pluto on July 11, 2015 from a distance of 3.1 million km. I love NASA!
And it took this picture on July 14 from a distance of only 476,000 miles. (Right click to see full image.)