2000 Light Years from Home

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

In addition to being the French National Day, July 14th is the day NASA ‘s New Horizons probe will get near enough to Pluto to take some “close ups” of the planet.  Set your alarms for 7:49 am!  The probe was launched on January 19, 2006, so after after 9-1/2 years, this will be an exciting event.    After its 5-month fly-by reconnaissance of Pluto and its moons, New Horizons heads off to the Kuiper Belt.  I’m staying in New York, where it’s much warmer….

In case you’re wondering, the distance between Earth and Pluto is about 6 billion kilometers, or about 5.5 light hours.

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