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Pluto… Pluto… PLUTO!!!
July 13, 2015, 11:00
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Tomorrow morning, at just before 11:50 AM UTC (7:50 EDT), the New Horizons space probe will fly past the dwarf planet Pluto.

NH Launch

Launch, 1/19/2006.

New Horizons launched in January 2006, and has spent the past nine and a half years coasting out of the Solar System. Along the way, it passed by Jupiter, getting a speed boost from its gravity and taking pictures of the giant planet and the Galilean moons.

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Ganymede, the Solar System’s largest moon.

After Jupiter, nothing much happened until the beginning of this year, when the probe began its Pluto encounter mission.

New Horizons returned its first colour image of Pluto in April, and the pictures have been getting better ever since.

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Colours! Nice!

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Um. That escalated quickly.

These are only a few of the best pictures; for more goodies check out the official website at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/ and the NASA page at https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/. You can also find pictures at the Planetary Society’s website, http://www.planetary.org/.

Tomorrow is actually my birthday, so it’s almost as if I’m getting a special birthday present from the Universe: The first ever spacecraft flyby of Pluto.

All images credit NASA.

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What an amazing gift the universe gave to you! Happy Birthday, Eli! I really hope you enjoy this amazing day. 🙂

Your friend,

Lisa

Comment by aaas119e29

What a perfect birthday present for you, Eli- enjoy!

Comment by Charli Nauda




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