This seminal event in space exploration marks the first time that every planet in our solar system has been visited at least once by a spacecraft. Many more images are to come, with the full set to be published by September of this year.
To think that NASA pulled this off with a vastly reduced budget. Imagine what it could do with more financial and public support. Here is hoping this milestone spurs greater interest in space exploration.
Pluto, the Roman god of death, has attracted much media attention in recent days now that the New Horizons mission will pass near this planetary system and take detailed photos never seen. New Horizons is on its way to study the band of asteroids and outer planetoids in the solar system known as the Kuyper Belt.
The planet is not alone. In recent years scientists have confirmed that it has five moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, Cerberus, and Styx. Most are very small and were discovered by the Hubble telescope in the last decade. Charon was discovered in 1978 and is so large that, along with Pluto, it’s considered part of a double-planet system whose center of gravity is in the space between them.
There is much excitement in the scientific world. Today we’re expecting the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever taken, however even in the last few days the pictures that have…
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