In what is yet another historic moment for mankind, we have our clearest-ever look at what planet Pluto looks like. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, nearly nine years after launch and more than 3 billion miles later, reached closest to the farthest planet in our solar system. Also Read - Instagram now lets you post 60 seconds Reels: How to post longer Reels
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 Also Read - How to temporarily deactivate Instagram account: Follow these steps
In addition to beaming the spectacular photo of Pluto, New Horizons also successfully completed a fly-by of Pluto today. As seen above, until New Horizon’s photo, our best look at Pluto via the Hubble Telescope was a bunch of blurred images. But this new photo shows some beautiful details of the planet’s surface.
According to NASA,
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.
To put into perspective just how big this occasion is head over to Josh Worth’s website, which gives you a fair idea of just how far Pluto is. You also get an idea of the size of the planet via the pixels.
In addition to a milestone for mankind, Pluto also represents a coup for Facebook-owned Instagram. According to WIRED, NASA and Instagram were in constant contact during this momentous occasion, and gave the photo-sharing website a head start over the others.
“We made an editorial decision to give the world a sneak peek of the image on Instagram,” NASA social media manager John Yembrick wrote in an email to the publication. “We feel it’s important to engage new audiences.”