Pluto has been a controversial planet since its exclusion from the solar system of the Milky Way a few months ago. But as quickly as it was dismissed from the title of being the part of solar system family in the similar manner it was realized that it might still be a part of the solar system and hence it was readily accepted back into the family. This seventh planet of our solar system is the coldest and is the slowest to orbit around the sun and has the distinction of having the longest orbit of two hundred and forty eight years i.e. almost two and a half centuries. Because of being the farthest from the planet earth and as comparison to the rest of the planets, a little was known about it and for an instance it can be taken as an example that until a few hours ago scientist were never even aware of the actual colored outlook of the Pluto as Hubble telescope only managed to get a very blurry image of this dwarf planet.

Almost half a century ago, the president of the United States allowed funding for the initiation of the program that will send in a probe into the space equipped with all the latest technology to explore the neighboring planets and hence to gather more information about them that might be useful for the mankind in the future. One of the initiatives of that program was the probe called New Horizons. This probe was finally launched in 2006 and successfully escaped the gravity of earth and has been travelling towards the planets and ultimately towards the outskirts of the solar system since. Today, after almost nine years and when the probe as traveled a staggering three hundred billion kilometers it is nearing the Pluto and has sent in the first detailed color image of the planet itself. This seemingly calm and brownish hue owing planet has more to say than just being the silent and disputed member of the family. Craters and tremor marks are apparently prevalent on this hardly twenty five hundred kilometers across planet. Scientists have their fingers crossed as this probe has now entered the fly by sequence at some thirteen hundred kilometers from the surface of the Pluto. The probe will use all its resources as well as its capabilities to gather as much information about the planet as possible. Because during the flyby the probe will be working at its full capacity so it has stopped communication with the earth and the major focus is data collection. The moons of Pluto especially hydra and Chiron will also be of prime focus and once the probe is done with its observation it will resume transmitting the data to earth. Only then the scientists will be able to know what secrets this dwarf planet has been hiding in its crust as well as on the surface since the beginning of time. May the team new horizons succeed in gathering the valuable information first hand.


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