On Tuesday, July 14th, NASA's New Horizons Space Probe will pass within 7,000 miles of Pluto, taking high resolution pictures and gathering valuable scientific data.
This space explorer was launched in January of 2006 and is currently over three billion miles from Earth and travelling at a speed of 30,000 miles an hour. WSIU radio recently sat down with Bob Baer, a Computer and Electronics Specialist in the Physics Department at SIU-Carbondale to talk about this amazing machine, and what the journey must be like.
For more information about the New Horizons Space Probe visit:http://www.space.com/16535-plutos-moons.html
For more information about Pluto visit:http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/what-is-pluto-k4.html#.VZLfeUaM6_Y
For a fully interactive experience with the New Horizons Space Probe, including the official countdown clock to the encounter with Pluto go to: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/