Pluto


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Sometimes mankind achieves something so amazing that you have to stop and admire it. Today was one of those days. Today, NASA’s New Horizon’s interplanetary probe reached Pluto. From the White House email:

This morning, the United States became the first country to reach Pluto — and the first country to explore the entire classical solar system: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons interplanetary probe has been making its way to Pluto since January 19, 2006, and has been providing the world with the sharpest photos ever seen of our Solar System’s most prominent “dwarf planet.” Today, it made its closest approach to Pluto yet — about 8,000 miles — at around 07:49:57 EDT.

It is a great day for America, but it is a really great day for humanity as well. We can reach the greatest lengths of our solar system, and we have shown it. Maybe infinity really is the limit for humankind.

This is also a good time for me to advocate for a continued investment in NASA. Sure, in times of great budget cuts and problems in our country, it is easy to ask why we spend the money on this. Today you see why. It is important to maintain the aspirational ideal in this country, to keep striving to do great things. We became a great country by doing great things. We must continue to reach for the stars.

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