Science Sunday: New Horizons Approaches

Sorry, there’s nothing more exciting to me going on in science than New Horizons’ approach to Pluto. Here’s the latest images:


It’s going to be a fun week. Let’s hope planetary science gets some more funding so we can be doing this again in five to ten years.

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  1. InsipiD

    This is like a 26 year payoff for me.  I was born in 1977, the same year that Voyager 1&2 were launched.  I remember when a new issue of National Geographic would come out with a new set of pictures from one of their planetary visits, and the last one was Neptune in 1989.  Finally seeing the surface of Pluto, cold and distant as it is, completes the close look at the 9 planets of my childhood.  When the pictures of Neptune were released, I figured that Pluto would be the next visit, and I was disappointed to find out that the Voyagers couldn’t go.

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  2. Christopher

    So, is this craft going to keep going out like the Voyager did?  Or is it possible to get close enough to Pluto to maintain orbit?  (if you can’t tell, I don’t have a whole lot of experience in this field)

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