Back in 2006, the spacecraft New Horizons left Earth, bound for Pluto, at that time still considered a planet. After almost ten years and about five billion kilometres, the spacecraft will reach Pluto next week for a flyby. I'm a huge astronomy geek (I originally wanted to be an astronomer, but I couldn't handle the maths, so I switched to history), and ever since I've been a child, I've been wondering at what Pluto really looks like, as spacecrafts have visited all of the other known planets in our solar system. Now we're seeing the first good images of Pluto and its largest satellite, Charon.
It looks like Pluto has a reddish-brown colour, causing some at NASA to dub it the 'Other Red Planet
Just curious if anyone else is excitedly watching this. There's a website called Our Pluto
where people voted on names to give to geographical features on Pluto and Charon. I suggested Grendel from the Beowulf
epic, though it didn't make the top votes, but maybe if they run out of names, they'll use it.