Voyage to Pluto
Pit Stop to Pluto
NASA launched its New Horizons mission one year ago Friday on what the space agency has billed as its fastest flight to the outer rim of the solar system [video].
With its seven instruments, New Horizons is designed to study Pluto, its three moons - Charon, Hydra and Nix - and distant icy objects in the Kuiper Belt that lie beyond the orbit of Neptune. Those objects, researchers hope, contain 4.5 billion-year-old traces of the solar system's building blocks.
Wake me up in 2015, will ya? This is immensely interesting to me. It hearkens back to my mother bringing me that copy of the Chicago Tribune with the color inserts in the late 70s with images from Saturn. Wow.