A guest post by Joseph Friedlander
The New Horizons Probe is rapidly approaching the Pluto/Charon system.
January 19, 2006 Launch
February 28, 2007 Jupiter flyby/gravity assist
July 14, 2015 Closest approach to Pluto
7:49:57 a.m. EDT (11:49:57 UTC) on July 14, 2015
July 15, 2015 First post-flyby data returned (P+1) Departure Phase 1 begins
Details at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Pluto/index.php
Note that this July marks 50 years of detailed space probe results from the planets that include pictures. Before the summer of 1965, it was possible to fantasize about civilizations on Mars, lost cities on less survivable planets, and so on.
50 years ago that changed forever. Craters everywhere, and a solar system empty and awaiting Man's colonization. (NASA image).
General details of Pluto's system