Pluto and New Horizons - The First Color Images and Animations
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently on route to fly by Pluto in less than 2 weeks - on the 14th of July. During this pass we will finish the initial reconnaissance of our solar system. When this is accomplished our species will have sent probes to every major body in our solar system - all in less than 60 years. Thanks to science and technology, we have accomplished in a single lifetime what once would have taken centuries.
It’s been nearly two years since LEGO released its first female lab scientist minifigure,
Professor C. Bodin, in the late summer of 2013. The Scientist wasn’t
the first LEGO minifig in a STEM profession, but her release brought
new-found awareness of persistent gender stereotypes and biases in the
children’s toy market.
The researchers suspect that the head penetration is necessary simply
because the worms can’t fold tightly enough to get their penile
appendage any closer to the ovaries. The sperm then presumably swim
through the body cavity to the ovaries where development of a hatchling
This mid-level (M1.2) solar flare was accompanied by a magnificent prominence (filament, if observed on the solar disk) eruption that turned into an impressive coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 18, 2015.
During the rising phase of eruptions, prominences often exhibit complex pre-flare disturbances, typically showing short-lived helical structures in the lower corona.
We’re finally starting to get good images of Pluto. In less than two weeks the New Horizons spacecraft will finally reach this exotic, faraway world. Until that point (July 14th), the photographs will get more clear by the day!
(Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)