The world today, through the brilliant scientists and engineers at NASA, got its first glimpse of Pluto, that far away member (?) of our Solar System that has long-remained a pixelated blob in our minds. No more. The earliest results from the New Horizons that NASA has shared show an icy surface that has a surprising set of mountains and ridges in it, unlike what is usually expected of bodies not protected by Jupiter's gravity from comets and asteroids.
You ain't seen nothing yet! Tomorrow, @NASANewHorizons #PlutoFlyby images will have even greater detail. Stay tuned! https://t.co/t7HjayxYR0— NASA (@NASA) July 15, 2015
The pictures are of course an instant hit all over the world, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrating the event.
A landmark feat in space exploration as NASA's aptly named spaceship sends back data & photos of Pluto from almost 5 billion kilometres away— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 15, 2015
For humanity, collectively, this just goes to show the power of a few dedicated, very patient people and a lot of very good, sound scientific principles. Pluto brings with it more mysteries about our universe, mysteries that we can only begin to imagine now. Perhaps, a hundred or more years later, we will be able to travel to that distant world. Such is science - anything within the bounds of physical laws is possible!
On a side note, the moon Charon looks conspicuously like the Death Star. Sheer brilliance, even if coincidental!