Pluto snapped by NASA spacecraft
Showing Pluto with its largest moon Charon, New Horizons captured the new photos with its telescopic camera on January 25th and January 27th, when the probe was about 126 million miles from the Pluto.
The images, and many others like it taken over the next few months, will help New Horizons stay on target for a highly anticipated close flyby of Pluto on July 14.
NASA released the photos yesterday to coincide with the birthday of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto in 1930.
“This is our birthday tribute to Professor Tombaugh and the Tombaugh family, in honor of his discovery and life achievements, which truly became a harbinger of 21st century planetary astronomy,” commented New Horizons principal investigator, Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Isaac, YJA Astronomy Correspondent
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