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[–] dake 1 points 40 points (+41|-1) ago 

This is really incredible. The fact I am here sitting in the office and I am able to see a picture of a planet sent from 5 bln km away and the travel time of 9 years.

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[–] fearectious 4 points 13 points (+17|-4) ago 

Pluto - still not a planet.

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[–] ButcherOfBlaviken 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

IT'S A PLANET TO ME

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[–] TheBlackerMath 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Its still a planet in my heart. hashtag never forget

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[–] The_Wanderer 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

In their defense, it was when they sent the intrepid little bugger out on its journey 9 years ago. ;)

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[–] MaturingRust 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Haha, I found a shirt at a museum gift shop a couple of weeks back that had Pluto on it and said "Revolve In Peace 1930-2006." It would have been a wise purchase.

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[–] OhHellYeah 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Also if you think about it: 5 000 000 000 km / (300 000 km/s * 60 s/m * 60 m/h) = 4.6 h. It takes over four and a half hours for the probe's signal to reach home. Pretty crazy.

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[–] rumathlete_1 4 points 0 points (+4|-4) ago 

Murica.

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[–] pythagorean 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Pfft. That's only .0005 light years.

/s

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[–] heili 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago 

It blows my mind every day that I am related to people who think NASA gets too much funding. Their budget is such a miniscule amount compared to what we have wasted on protracted wars over the last thirty years, and they increase our understanding of the universe and advancement as a species infinitely more than any army does.

This is truly amazing. We can send a space probe into interstellar space and it will send us back pictures and data and I can sit here and look at all of it from a telephone that fits in my pocket. How is anyone not blown away by this?

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[–] The_Wanderer 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

I honestly find that offensive, when people think that. I actively refuse to be around them. Space is literally our future survival.

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[–] heili 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Apparently I can save the life of a child in a starving, dusty hell hole on the other side of the planet. Or so Alyssa Milano keeps telling me.

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[–] upvote_nothing 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The problem is that the difference between a rocket and a missile is slim

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[–] Mojomatrix 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I definitely agree with this. Even a small increase in NASA's budget, say 4 or 5 billion, would go a very long way in terms of missions like this. Kudos to NASA for pulling off such a spectacular mission !

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[–] FIREseeker 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks for the link!

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[–] lissencarak 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unidentified spacecraft: this is your last warning before you are shot down. Change course immediately!

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[–] Superking 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Are all of these pictures I have been seeing in actual color?

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[–] JackFrostByte 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Are we only going to get to see Pluto from this one angle? Or will more of the planet's surface be revealed as New Horizons flies away?

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[–] OhHellYeah 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Well, NASA posted this picture on instagram for a reason.

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[–] eyehategod 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

This is fucking amazing.

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[–] Lonecrowe 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I don't recognize your naming convention. Pluto is a Planet and will be considered one by me and my family until I take my last breath.

Fuck you establishment!

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[–] Somnambulist 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

Now that's a fuckin' Pluto pic. God damn have I been waiting for them to pass the through the blurry blobs phase, into pure awesome.

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[–] The_Wanderer 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Same, I was like "Wake me up when it actually looks like something!". :)

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[–] lamphammer 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

How did the "heart" section of Pluto form? Is that a desert? Is it from collisions? Any interplanetary geologists able to hear my voice?

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[–] Tonguestun 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I bet it was Cupid and his stupid arrows.

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[–] ack 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Cupid must be a really bad shot then for his arrows to end up all the way on Pluto!

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