Pluto and Charon Are Awesome!

Haven’t had this feeling since the 1960s!

MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

— John Keats, “On first looking into Chapman’s Homer”

Actually…
 

 

And here’s Charon:
 


 

New Horizons is actually a million miles past Pluto today, per NASA, but the spacecraft did some heavy science during encounter yesterday and then sent everything back to Earth. It’s just reaching Earth now (yeah, Pluto is far away). And…WOW!



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