After 10 years and more than 3 billion miles, on a historic voyage that has already taken it over the storms and around the moons of Jupiter, New Horizons will shed light on new kinds of worlds we’ve only just discovered on the outskirts of the solar system.
Pluto gets closer by the day, and New Horizons continues into rare territory, as just the fifth probe to traverse interplanetary space so far from the Sun. And the first to travel so far, to reach a new planet for exploration.
Did you catch that – “new planet.” Not a dwarf planet. (Much less a “lump of Kuiper belt junk”.)
All of you who spent December repeatedly watching Miracle on 34th Street realize here is a golden opportunity to get justice for this persecuted member of the solar fraternity –
“Your honor, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, an official agency of the United States government, recognizes Pluto as a planet…”
[Via Michael A. Burstein.]