Yesterday was a stellar day (smile) in the world of space exploration. The space probe New Horizons “kissed” Pluto with a our first ever fly-by of the dwarf planet, and it captured enough data for us to download for the next 16 months!
In case you missed it, here is a brief recap in photographs, most of which belong to NASA (unless otherwise noted):
What is next for New Horizons? According to Nasa.gov:
As part of an extended mission, the spacecraft is expected to head farther into the Kuiper Belt to examine one or two of the ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region, at least a billion miles beyond Neptune’s orbit.
Sending a spacecraft on this long journey will help us answer basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies.
There is more to come, so lets stay tuned with great anticipation!
Here’s to exploration,