New Horizons Pluto Flyby

Bits in Spaaace!, Geek out!

I’ve been following New Horizons’ approach to Pluto, and excitedly gawking at the gorgeous photos we’ve received.

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Pluto. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI.

Pluto 476,000 miles (768 000 kilometers) from the surface. Photo sent to Earth on July 14, 2015, just before New Horizons’ final approach to the dwarf planet. Photo by NASA/APL/SwRI. Compared to our previous photos, this is huge!

We’ve now officially started our exploration of the Kuiper Belt. Exciting times for space buffs! See more on the NASA New Horizons site or image gallery, or follow New Horizons on Twitter.

I also spotted this nice retro-style, tongue-in-cheek Pluto skiing poster:

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Steve Thomas.

Ski Pluto poster by Steve Thomas on DeviantArt. Love it!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Exoplanet Retro Travel Posters

Bits in Spaaace!, Design & Designers, Geek out!

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released retro style travel posters for three confirmed exoplanets: Kepler-186f, HD 40307g and Kepler-16b:

NASA-JPL Planet Poster Collage

Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech; collage by Eppu Jensen.

So cool! They’ve also included little snippets of information on each planet in the poster write-ups. The images are available for download in high resolution from JPL’s website! (Make sure you check their Image Use Policy, too.)

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.