On Approach to Pluto - Cathy Olkin

“All we need to do is build a spacecraft, test it, launch it, and fly it three billion miles to Pluto.”

Photo by Jessica Taves

On Approach to Pluto

by Cathy Olkin

Cathy Olkin must troubleshoot a problem more than 4 billion miles away.

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Pluto's “heart," which rests just above the planet's equator. It is estimated to be 1,000 miles across at its widest point.

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The composite of enhanced color images of Pluto (lower right) and Charon (upper left), taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.

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Pluto's blue high-altitude haze layer taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC).

To see more photos of Pluto and Charon, visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-top-10-pluto-pics.

For more information on New Horizons, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_p....

To see where the New Horizon’s spacecraft is now, visit http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Missio....