Pluto’s Heart Formation Looks Strangely Like…a Cartoon Dog

And why not? Seriously, go over to Space.com at the link below, look at the high-resolution images and see if the heart formation doesn’t look a lot like the right-side profile of a cartoon dog’s face. Possibly Droopy or Snoopy or, yes, even Pluto.
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Space.com – The first age of solar system exploration is in the books.

NASA’s New Horizons probe flew by Pluto this morning (July 14), capturing history’s first up-close looks at the far-flung world ā€” if all went according to plan. (Mission team members won’t declare success until they hear from New Horizons tonight.) Closest approach came at 7:49 a.m. EDT (1149 GMT), when the spacecraft whizzed within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto’s frigid surface. To celebrate, NASA unveiled the latest photo of Pluto, showing a reddish world with a stunning heart-shaped feature on its face.

More than 1,200 scientists, NASA guests and dignitaries ā€” including 200 reporters ā€” watched the flyby live at New Horizons’ mission control center at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. They chanted a countdown to the closest approach, then cheered and waved American flags as the big moment occurred. Read more at Space.com.

For other more imaginative interpretations, see XKCD’s preliminary map of Pluto.
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About GruntOfMonteCristo

Fearless and Devout Catholic Christian First, Loving Husband and Father Second, Pissed-Off Patriot Third, Rocket Engineer Dork Last.
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3 Responses to Pluto’s Heart Formation Looks Strangely Like…a Cartoon Dog

  1. Sounds mature of them.
    If Pluto isn’t a planet anyways, why do they care? Or maybe they wish they hadn’t declared it not a planet?
    Pchhh.
    I like the plug. And the dog. Maybe we should send Iran over to Pluto?

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