When NASA’s New Horizon’s spacecraft flew by Pluto in July 2015, a sense of astonishment was experienced by the mission’s scientists. Pluto contained a far more variegated surface than anyone had dared to hope for. And soon after the closest approach, it became clear that when back-lit by the Sun, the dwarf planet's tenuous atmosphere was as blue as the skies of Earth. Mosiac composite photograph. New Horizons, July 14, 2015NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Michael Benson/Kinetikon Pictures
The following is an excerpt from Otherworlds by Michael Benson.
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Excerpted from Otherworlds by Michael Benson, published by Abrams books March 2017. Published with permission.
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