A year of discovery on Pluto

credit: New Horizons/JPL

One year ago Richard Binzel, a New Horizons mission co-investigator and a professor in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), was sitting in Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, waiting with bated breath for the first data to begin arriving from Pluto. It was the culmination of a 26-year-long effort to rendezvous with the icy dwarf planet, the most distant body in the solar system we have visited so far.
Now, with the spacecraft almost 3 astronomical units (279 billion miles) from Pluto and headed ever deeper into the Kuiper Belt, EAPS checked in with Binzel to find out what scientists have learned from the new observations, what’s next for New Horizons, and what personal impact the encounter has had on him. … (MIT)

credit: New Horizons/JPL

credit: New Horizons/JPL

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