|NASA artist's view of planet Neptune from orbit around planet Pluto. |
Talk about the multi ringed gorilla in the Pluto sky.
NASA MISSION LAUNCHED IN 2006—Oh, yeah, that NASA Space Mission called New Horizons is soaring toward the planet Pluto at more than one million miles per day. Life on the small planet will never be the same as the Earthling tourists are en route.
The space probe (much like Mariner 4 in 1965 that explored Mars) will come within 10,000 kilometers by mid-2015. New Horizons will give mankind its first real view of the ninth planet. Scientists are excited because they really don’t know what to expect.
They compare it to the 1965 photo exploration by Mariner 4. Back then many believed Mars to be a far more gentle planet with water and possible landscaping. Mariner 4’s sweeping cameras revealed Mars true identity. Scientists at NASA are hoping for surprises.
We’re almost there. And, from 10,000 kilometers away, New Horizons cameras can pick out items as large as buildings on earth. At that range, we’ll find out who’s living there ala Google Maps.