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Old 22nd July 2015, 09:39   #61
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Default Re: Pluto, at last! A historic day for space exploration

Very good and fascinating write up, Avishar. Thank you!

The universe is mindbogglingly small and big - from the Planck length of 1.6x10 (power -35) meters to the observable universe at 10(power 27) meters. Who knows what is beyond? This link shows you a zoomable and interactive view of it: http://htwins.net/scale2/

Back to Pluto with some trivia about how it came about (source wikipedia)

A postage stamp launched a mission to Pluto! The USPS stamp below is part of a series of stamps launched to commemorate the exploration of the solar system.

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Not exactly! The 'Pluto not yet explored' stamp of 1991 gave impetus to scientists and engineers to take a mission seriously. There was, however, a group of scientists and engineers, called the 'Pluto Underground', actively pursuing a letter writing campaign to launch a Pluto mission since 1989. Alan Stern from this group later became the Chief Investigator of the New Horizons mission.

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