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2 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2015 - 1:10PM #1
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NASA's New Horizons probe flew by Pluto this morning (July 14), capturing history's first up-close looks at the far-flung world — if all went according to plan. (Mission team members won't declare success until they hear from New Horizons tonight.) Closest approach came at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), when the spacecraft whizzed within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's frigid surface. To celebrate, NASA unveiled the latest photo of Pluto, showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face.

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2015 - 2:04PM #2
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The face of Pluto (I LUV U)



"...showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face..."



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2 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2015 - 2:11PM #3
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Pluto and its moon, Charon -- or is it the Pluto - Charon Binary System?



"...Astronomers didn't know Pluto had any moons until 1978, when the dwarf planet's big satellite, Charon, was first spotted. At 750 miles (1,200 km) in diameter, Charon is about half as wide as Pluto itself. Furthermore, the two bodies' center of gravity lies outside the dwarf planet, so many researchers regard Pluto-Charon as a binary system..."



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2 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2015 - 2:19PM #4
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Hi Pluto!  Where's Mickey?


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2 years ago  ::  Jul 14, 2015 - 2:50PM #5
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Jul 14, 2015 -- 2:19PM, Mlyons619 wrote:


Hi Pluto!  Where's Mickey?





+1


:-)


But seriously, NASA is awesome

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2015 - 9:21AM #6
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The word this AM is that the spacecraft survived its close encounter with Pluto, and re-established contact. So hopefully many more, and more detailed, photos and information will be forthcoming over the next week or so.


One early piece of information is that Pluto is somewhat larger than had been thought. Which will provide ammo for those who want to see Pluto regain its status as a planet.

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2015 - 12:23PM #7
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Jul 14, 2015 -- 2:19PM, Mlyons619 wrote:


Hi Pluto!  Where's Mickey?



He's with Minnie and Pluto's not allowed to watch.

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 15, 2015 - 2:25PM #8
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Jul 15, 2015 -- 12:23PM, TPaine wrote:

Jul 14, 2015 -- 2:19PM, Mlyons619 wrote:


Hi Pluto!  Where's Mickey?



He's with Minnie and Pluto's not allowed to watch.


Naughty, TPaine...



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2 years ago  ::  Jul 21, 2015 - 1:56PM #9
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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 3:40PM #10
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Jul 15, 2015 -- 9:21AM, TemplarS wrote:


The word this AM is that the spacecraft survived its close encounter with Pluto, and re-established contact. So hopefully many more, and more detailed, photos and information will be forthcoming over the next week or so.


One early piece of information is that Pluto is somewhat larger than had been thought. Which will provide ammo for those who want to see Pluto regain its status as a planet.




Not enough difference.


But Pluto is still the largest of its kind.  Hail, Pluto, king of the Minor Planets!  Cool

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