New Horizons is a NASA satellite whose main objective is the explore of objects in the Kuiper belt. However, its trajectory has been drawn up so that he could take pictures of the surface of Pluto, too.
This mission was started in 2006 and only today New Horizons arrive to Pluto orbit. Later today New Horizons will be fly closer to the Pluto and we reciev more hi res photo of the planet (yes, I’m still think that the Pluto is planet).
Here is original message from NASA and firs hi res Pluto’s photo.
SNEAK PEEK of gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach – 7:49 a.m. EDT today. This same image will be released and discussed at 8 a.m. EDT today. Watch our briefing live on NASA Television at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv The high res pic will be posted on the web at: http://www.nasa.gov. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science