Ready For Its Closeup: Pluto Flyby Will Happen In Less Than A Week
Rick Chandler 07:27 pm, July 08th, 2015
Pluto deserves this. It was terribly dissed as a planet -- downgraded to dwarf in 2009 by elite astronomers. It's never been photographed clearly, only being seen in blurry, grainy images -- the Sasquatch of the Solar System. And it shares a name with a cartoon dog -- and not even a talking one.
Now, Pluto is in the spotlight. A chapter in planetary exploration will close next week, as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally gets its flyby of the tiny icy orb, the most distant and reclusive planet in our solar system.