That’s how far New Horizons has traveled since 2006 in its journey towards Pluto. On Tuesday, the craft snapped photos as it passed the dwarf planet, which NASA posted to its Instagram account. As Buzzfeed reports, New Horizons came within 7,750 miles of Pluto, the closest a spacecraft has ever come to the planet’s surface.
SNEAK PEEK of gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach – 7:49 a.m. EDT today. This same image will be released and discussed at 8 a.m. EDT today. Watch our briefing live on NASA Television at: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv The high res pic will be posted on the web at: http://www.nasa.gov. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science
That’s how many world powers reached an agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program. In exchange, the U.S., United Nations, and European Union will lift sanctions placed on Iran. That leaves many experts wondering what will happen to the global oil market when Iran is able to ramp up its exports.
That’s the iPhone’s share of total smartphone profits, which is up from the 65 percent it took in last year, according to a new report. And as the Wall Street Journal points out, that’s an impressive take given that Apple only sells 20 percent of smartphones by unit.
Speaking of Apple, that’s how many retail locations will offer Apple Pay in the UK, making it the first market outside of the U.S. to offer the digital-wallet system. But as Bloomberg reports, it will be a tougher sell than in the U.S., as the U.K. is much better set up with contactless pay systems — Apple pay requires users to hold a button, as well as correct positioning.