New Horizons Begins to Take Pictures of Pluto

15-011a-NewHorizons-PlutoFlyby-ArtistConcept-14July2015-20150115The New Horizons space probe, launched in 2006, has now come close enough Pluto to start snapping pictures of the dwarf planet. According to Mike Buckley, of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, “with the spacecraft still approximately 130 million miles from Pluto, the pictures will be distant.”

From 130 million miles, Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, will appear as two bright dots in the blackness of space. It might not seem like much at first, but as the probe approaches for its six-month study, we will receive some truly spectacular images.

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2 thoughts on “New Horizons Begins to Take Pictures of Pluto

  1. I’d forgotten too. I saw an article this morning that reminded me of it. Makes me think of a story I read years ago about a colony ship that had been gone so long it was forgotten. By the way, I’m sure the new pictures will show that Pluto is more than some distant ball of ice.

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