It’s Pluto week! So, with the passing of New Horizons past Pluto’s orbit thus ends the first era of humanity’s reconnaisance of the solar system. There is much, much more to be seen, as we now know that the dwarf planet is the largest body of the chilly Kuiper belt, past the orbit of Neptune.
Even now, we select targets for further exploration, like Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s Enceladus, as we continue to receive data from our probes in the outer reaches of the system. And we’ve only begun to receive the vast sum of information possible from New Horizons.
The late Carl Sagan once said, “The sky calls to us…If we do not destroy ourselves, we will one day journey to the stars.”
These are very exciting times to live in. Have a fantastic weekend!
Talotaa frang, talotaa kas, talotaa tranga sulat.
Image of the Week:
Celestial Fireworks: Star Cluster Westerlund 2:
PLUTO MARS – Outbound Probe [A Capella Science]