So Pluto is back in the news, I'm bored, and its a pretty big deal.
Up until recently, the best thing we had for a "picture" of Pluto was this:
And its moon Charon? It was even worse:
For people who grew up dreaming of the day we'd know more about the little guy way out in the middle of nowhere, and then watched as it was demoted of its Planetness:
This is pretty awesome to see.
So now, thanks to the New Horizons space probe, which was launched January 19th, 2006, we now pictures that look like this (note the heart shape):
and Charon get's its close up too!
All thanks to a little yellow probe that's smaller than a Smart Car:
We are blessed with gifs like this:
Fun fact: New Horizons is the Fastest Space Probe ever launched, traveling at speeds up to 60,000km/h.