Monday, July 13, 2015

Only a million miles to Pluto & Charon

True color image of Charon (left) and Plut (right), taken July 09 2015. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
In just over 21 hours, at 11:49:57 UTC on Tuesday 14th of July 2015, New Horizons will at it closet to Pluto. New Horizons is still roughly 1.1 million miles away from the point of closest approach but its moving at 13.8 kilometers per second with respect to Pluto (That is 14.5 km/s with respect to the Sun, or ~31,000 mph and 32,400 mph respectively).
Surface features on Pluto. July 12 2015. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

But already the views of Pluto and Charon are amazing, all the more so because they're just so different.
Surface features on Charon. July 12 2015. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
 For the latest from New Horizons, visit their JHU/APL webpage: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/index.php

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