Pluto: Prelude to a Flyby

LORRI image of Pluto from July 12, 2015.
LORRI image of Pluto from July 12, 2015. (NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

This is ‪‎Pluto‬, imaged by New Horizons’ LORRI camera on July 12. It’s (once again) the best view yet, captured from a distance of 2.5 million km / 1.5 million miles. Check out all that geology – craters, depressions, chaos terrain of some sort… at no time in human history has anyone ever seen this world in such detail.* And tomorrow, the spacecraft will pass within a scant 7,767 miles of its surface at 7:49 a.m. EDT / 11:49 UTC, its high-resolution Ralph camera firing away.


NASA and JHUAPL will be hosting media broadcasts tomorrow morning starting at 7:30 a.m. EDT during the flyby events (although “live” footage won’t be possible due to the fact that the spacecraft is four and a half hours of light-travel time away.) See the schedule here, and of course you can always tune in to watch NASA TV with the link in the header bar above.

*Although artist Don Dixon pretty much nailed Pluto’s appearance in some illustrations he made in 1979 – check those out here.


  1. Gozlemci says:

    Amazing prediction by Don Dixon…! (Prediction by knowledge…)


  2. roandi says:

    Impeccable!!! #LoveOfPluto


  3. Jeff Barani says:

    Awesome Don Dixon !! Very amazing indeed 😉
    Jeff Barani from Vence (France)


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