Saturday, June 13, 2015

UPDATED T-30 Pluto Beckons

Hey Space Placers!

UPDATE: See my column from 6-14-15.

Look at this latest set of Pluto images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft:

It is simply amazing to see SURFACE detail on this solar system body that has eluded us for so many decades. The light and dark features are telling us that Pluto has a very complex surface that will reveal many secrets as we get closer each and every day.

NASA has also released a one-hour video "The Year of Pluto" that I highly recommend watching.

Here is the New Horizons team that is bringing us this historic flyby in just over 30 days from now - July 14th:

Principal Investigator Alan Stern leads a mission team that includes the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, Ball Aerospace Corporation, the Boeing Company, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Stanford University, KinetX, Inc., Lockheed Martin Corporation, University of Colorado, the U.S. Department of Energy, and a number of other firms, NASA centers and university partners. 

Pluto - here we come!

Sky Guy in VA

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