Pluto in Our Sights

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Pluto and Charon imaged by New Horizons on July 8, 2015 from a distance of 3.7 million miles. Pluto and Charon imaged by New Horizons on July 8, 2015 from a distance of 3.7 million miles.

Images Credit & Copyright: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute.

It’s been nearly ten years and more than three billion miles since New Horizons launched on January 19, 2006 on an ULA Atlas V-551 rocket from Cape Canaveral. Its mission is to reach the outer reaches of the solar system and give us our first ever detailed science and imagery of the trans-Neptunian dwarf planet Pluto in the Kuiper Belt aka; the solar system’s “Third Zone.”

Pluto's Heart, captured on July 8, 2015 from roughly 5 million mi. (8 million km) away. Pluto’s Heart, captured on July 8, 2015 from roughly 5 million mi. (8 million km) away.

New Horizons image of Pluto, captured on July 3, 2015 from a distance of 7.8 million mi. (12.5 million km). New Horizons image of Pluto, captured on July 3, 2015 from a distance of 7.8 million mi. (12.5 million km).

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