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, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday - about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. 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. Images from closest approach are expected to be released on Wednesday, July 15. Image Credit: NASA #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science
By manipulating audio recordings taken from space, London-based ‘sound sculptor’ Nico (Antwerp Music), has scored a movie. Using samples from NASA’s Soundcloud page to create his own unique style of electronic classical music, "Synthphony No. 9" emerged after the Genoa-born artist was invited by experiential cinema collaborative, Cinesthesia, to perform a live score of the Georges Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon.
“Audio can create something physical and active if you allow it to," Nico tells The Creators Project. "It lets you float into deep thoughts, where no boundaries exist. Like in outer space...” Like other artists featured on Bad Panda Records’ 80UA EP, Antwerp has mined NASA’s soundcloud library of its bizarre ethereal noises, resulting in a collage of sound over Gary Bridgewood's fiddle and Project Mycelium's guitars.
Antwerp’s new single debuted yesterday, July 13th on Bad Panda Records, in conjunction with the New Horizons probe, the first-ever to reach Pluto. The mission to the far-out system is equipped with an infrared camera amongst other instruments, providing us earthlings with never-before-seen close ups of the lonely dwarf planet. Stream the track, and check out some images from the Pluto flyby, below:
Images from NASA.gov
Want to find out more about the New Horizons Mission to the Pluto system? Check out this video posted on the NASA YouTube channel, where Ralph Instrument Scientist, Dennis Reuter, answers four questions about the probe.