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Pluto Like We've Never Seen It Before

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new-horizons-pluto-mainPhoto Credit: NASA

For all the controversy surrounding Pluto and its fluctuating planetary status, scientists know very little about the tiny ice ball floating on the outskirts of our solar system. Until very recently, our best image of Pluto was as a tiny spec of light eons away. Scientists didn't even know its exact size until NASA's New Horizons spacecraft revved up for its primary mission

At 9 miles per second, New Horizon's flyby will result in the most defined images and information on Pluto we have yet to see. NASA released a computer simulation of the spacecraft's flyby which you can check out below!

It's been nearly a decade since New Horizons began its unprecedented journey into space. The spacecraft is fully equipped with high tech gizmos, including a high-res telescope and camera that despite being made in 2006, still puts your iPhone 6 camera to shame.

Along the way, it did all the touristy things spacecrafts like to do when they explore the solar system, such as snapping awesome pictures of Jupiter and its moons, like the one below.

Photo Credit: NASA

As New Horizons draws closer to Pluto, scientists are able to learn more and more about the dwarf planet's geology and atmosphere. Images as detailed as the one above, however, wont be available for quite some time as New Horizons will take some time to process, upload, and send the final images all the way back to Earth. 

The pictures we have gotten so far still provide more information than we've ever had before as the tweet below points out.

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