‘We are at Pluto’s doorstep.’: New Horizons mission edges closer to mysterious world

Published April 15, 2015 by sefra mack

Pluto is a planet! lol…j/k…I know next to nothing about astronomy…but this article is super rad ❤

Global News

TORONTO – Little maligned Pluto, the subject of the great planetary debate “Is it a planet or is it not a planet?” is readying for a visitor in just a short three months.

Discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, the tiny icy world at the fringes of our solar system, was reclassified (or “demoted” as many pro-Pluto folks will say) to a dwarf planet in July 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. However, just six months earlier, a planned mission to Pluto, called New Horizons, was launched from Cape Canaveral by NASA. It is scheduled to make its closest pass to the planet — er, dwarf planet — on July 14.

READ MORE:NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft releases new images of Pluto

And it really is a new horizon: not only is this is the first planned mission to the far off world, it’s the farthest planned mission of any…

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