COME ON! What are the bloody chances?!?
After 9 years in transit, New Horizons mission has finally made it to Pluto. Well…sort of. We did a flyby. And the spacecraft only got 12,000kms away. BUT STILL. This is pretty remarkable whether you get geeked up about this stuff or not.
Also, pretty miraculous? That there is a PLUTO on Pluto. You can’t say you don’t see that.
Pluto flyby in numbers
4.88 billion – the distance in km (3 billion miles) travelled by New Horizons to reach Pluto.
9.5 – years ago that the mission began.
7.49am ET – the time New Horizons carried out its historic flyby (12.49pm BST/9.49pm AEST).
8.52.37pm ET – the time the signal from New Horizons was received at mission control (1.52am BST/10.52am AEST).
4.5 – hours it took for the signal to travel from New Horizons to Earth.
12,472 – the closest distance in km (7,750 miles) New Horizons was from Pluto.
99 – percentage of data collected by New Horizons that has yet to be downloaded from the spacecraft.
16 – months it’s expected to take for New Horizons to transmit back all its data.