NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Flies Past Pluto, Rewrites History


NASA’s New Horizons mission is all set to create history in the field of science as the horizon which travelled through the dwarf planet Pluto has now flown past Pluto.

NASA’s New Horizons mission was launched in 2006 which travelled more than 4.8 billion km at an impressive speed of 45,000 km per hour.

It crossed Pluto at a distance of 12,500km at 5:19pm and the team is expected to send back all important images of Pluto’s surface which the team over here i.e Earth will receive in the next 9 hours as that’s the communication time from Pluto to Earth.

“We made an editorial decision to give the world a sneak peek of the image on Instagram,” NASA social media manager John Yembrick told

“The size of Pluto has been debated since its discovery in 1930. We are excited to finally lay this question to rest,” said mission scientist Bill McKinnon from Washington University in St Louis.

NASA announced that the first images will be made public on Instagram, so that the entire world can have access to them.