JHU Applied Physics Laboratory
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After a nine year journey across the deepest stretches of the galaxy, a specially designed rocket will glide past the distant planet of Pluto on 14 July 2015.
The new documentary The Year of Pluto outlines the decades of preparation that have transpired to bring NASA to this milestone, and explores the possibilities of discovery that may lie in wait.
Our quest for understanding enjoyed its initial breakthrough in 1930 when the planet was first discovered by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.
Knowledge of the region was further
amplified in subsequent years as scientists uncovered
the Kuiper Belt - a wide swath of
small formations and moons which surround Pluto.
Originated by a small team of eager and endlessly curious researchers, New Horizons hopes to write the defining chapter on a region of space which has gone largely unconsidered.
The project has endured its fair share
of challenges, including the construction of a new and revolutionary
spacecraft and a careful consideration of the data to be collected
in this initial groundbreaking voyage.
The Year of Pluto pays tribute to their
sacrifice and determination while celebrating the unquenchable
spirit that drives our search for the unknown.
This image of Pluto from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) was received on 8 July, and has been combined with lower-resolution color information from the Ralph instrument.
The image was taken on 7 July, when the spacecraft was just under 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) from Pluto, and is the first to be received since the 4 July anomaly that sent the spacecraft into safe mode.