NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is whizzing to the outer reaches of my solar system, where it will perform the first close-up flyby of Pluto.
The piano-size probe took off from Earth in January 2006. It is on track to soar close to the dwarf planet and within the orbit of its five known moons on July 14 — after 3 billion miles.
“It’s an incredibly exhilarating and humbling experience to think this is civilization’s first step to see the Kuiper belt. It’s not going to happen, I think, in my lifetime again,” Hal Weaver, a New Horizons project scientist, said in an interview with Yahoo News.
Weaver, who works at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., says that a relatively small team of scientists has been working on the project at any given time. Right now, there are about 10, but that number will approach 50 as the probe reaches Pluto.
The groundbreaking journey could shed light on the Kuiper belt, a region of the solar system that you humans do not know much about.
For Earthlings, the reconnaissance mission is expected to transform this little pixelated blob into a vibrant world full of complexity and diversity, with new information vastly superior to what we now have.
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Open your eyes to see some of the strangest things in the universe. This is fun and interesting and perhaps even enlightening. Now sit up and watch this!
Now we’re talking about a good video! This is all about the Hubble, my personal photographer. He’s very good at what he does. Now check out this video and be amazed! Now this is a good way to spend your Friday … looking at all the amazing things on me and around me!
Now it’s time to watch, listen and wake up.
Time, time, time. All I have is time. And you humans come and go in the blink of an eye, but what a mess you leave behind. Really now. Time may be relative, but your pollution isn’t. It’s time to clean up your act and stop worrying about time. You’re running out of it! So what are you going to do about it? I say Clean Up Your Act Already!
Time, time, time. All I have is time. And you humans come and go in the blink of an eye, but what a mess you leave behind! Really now. Time may be relative, but your pollution isn’t. It’s time to clean up your act and stop worrying about time. You’re running out of it! So what are you going to do about it? I say Clean Up Your Act Already! Get busy this year in 2015 and do something to make me better and make you better. Go hug a tree! Hug your neighbor! Hug a stranger! And for chicken’s sake, don’t try to hug a cop because they might mistake your arms for guns and shoot you! Now, stop punching the clock and start smelling my flowers. What’s a matter with you people already? Stop complaining all over me. And by the way, time is on my side.
This debate comes up every time a human watches a time travel movie: Is the timeline fixed, or is it constantly changing depending on what we do? Turns out that this is also an argument among physicists, some of whom believe the passage of time is illusion — while others view it as very real, and changing all the time.
The scientists aren’t debating time travel exactly, though it does come up. Instead, some are arguing that all events in time exist simultaneously, and we humans with our sad little linear, biological lives simply have an illusion that we are moving forward through events that are always already happening. Other physicists believe that time is, in fact, unfolding in real time — which means that we are changing the future all the time. Maybe physical laws themselves are even changing.