It was three years ago when NASA shared the first image of Pluto taken with a camera named Ralph. An enhanced image showed us rich and wonderful color variations, and now there’s an infrared image as well. It’s amazingly rich in details, and the colors are just gorgeous.
You know how sometimes you take such an amazing photo that you have to share immediately, just to later realize that you have an ever more awesome version of it?
That’s pretty much the case here with NASA’s insane surface photo of Pluto, taken by the interplanetary space probe New Horizons.
The result is, quite literally, out of this world.
NASA just released this sweet GIF of Pluto that uses photos taken between 1930 through 2015. The first photo (courtesy of Lowell Observatory Archives) was taken by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 when the planet was first discovered. NASA digitally zoomed in on the image for the GIF. The following images were all taken form NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope between 1990 and 2014. The only exception being the last image in the series, which was snapped from the New Horizons spacecraft this year.
New Horizons just took the first photo of Pluto’s surface and it is no surprise that the internet has gone crazy. Following either Instagram or Twitter shows the funny side of Pluto (Guess it did not take that demotion too hard).
Here are some of the funniest Pluto MEMEs that we found around the web. (follow the #pluto tag to find more, share the good ones)
If you are a space fan, this is your day. NASA just released the first surface image of Pluto.
The photo is the closest photo of Pluto ever taken at about 7,800 miles. This is quite amazing, especially compared to the roughly 3 billion (3,000,000,000) miles New Horizons had to travel to get there.
Another interesting fact is that we did not see the photo as soon as it was taken. It took the transmission about 4.5 hours to get to earth.
This could also be the most expensive photo taken at roughly $700 million to build, equip and fly the probe.