NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft in approaching Pluto and sending back the first images. The craft took 9 years to get there, traveling at 9 mi/sec and will have 30 minutes during the flyby on Tuesday to photograph Pluto’s surface along with its moon. The results will take 16 months to transgress the depths of space back to earth.
See NASA’s latest Pluto photo here
From the Guardian:
Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has begun beaming back photographs of the surface of Pluto as it approaches. The probe was less than 2.5m km from the 2,300km-wide dwarf planet on Saturday and by Tuesday, it will be taking pictures from an altitude of just 12,500km. The newly published image shows the planet’s hemisphere that will soon rotate out of view.