Monday, February 11, 2008

A Blip in Time Makes Nine…

On its long journey to Pluto, New Horizons has very little to do but sit and ponder the great Pluto debate. But occasionally, the spacecraft wakes up and takes a look around its neighborhood. Such an instance occurred on October 6, 2007. The Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard New Horizons woke up and took a high-resolution look around. Low and behold, LORRI spotted Pluto! It took an exposure of 0.967 seconds to get enough light off the surface of Pluto to be able to see it in the image.

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