Almost 10 years ago, the New Horizons spacecraft launched on its way to Pluto. A few days from now, it finally arrives and gets to work on a week of intense science as it sails past the most distant known planetary body in the solar system. How long has the trip been? When New Horizons launched, the iPhone didn't exist, Barack Obama was a largely unknown U.S. senator, and Pluto had not yet been designated a dwarf planet. Watch this animation to get a feel for how far New Horizons has voyaged. Talk about a long commute.
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Tagged applied physics laboratory, space exploration, nasa, new horizons