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NASA’s Mission to Pluto

Johns Hopkins APL
Guest curated by Tim Urban

Nine years ago, in 2006, the probe New Horizons began a decade-long trip to Pluto, the former ninth planet in our solar system. On Tuesday morning, July 14th, New Horizons will finally reach Pluto for a fly-by, the first probe ever to do so. Any detailed image of Pluto you think you’ve seen of Pluto is an artist’s rendition—Pluto is too small for even the powerful Hubble Telescope to get a decent shot. Over the next few days, you can use this link to keep up with New Horizon’s progress, and every image that comes in over the next few days will be the new best look we’ve ever gotten at Pluto.

Published in Weekly Filet #216 In collection: Guest Butchers FTW