The late Clyde Tombaugh
, who discovered Pluto in 1930, would have celebrated his 109th
birthday last February 4. But there’s another cause for celebration on the same day early this year: earth received its closest ever photos of the dwarf planet from New Horizon, the self-propelled satellite launched by NASA in 2006 to go to Pluto. New Horizon was some 126 million miles from Pluto when it took the pictures, and by July, it will do a close flyby of the icy planet and its moons. It’s a milestone for earthlings to finally reach the last planet in the solar system since Galileo Galilei
opened our eyes to the near universe--never mind that the satellite is unmanned. Omega
, the precision watchmaker and NASA’s official timekeeper, celebrates with the world for this momentous human achievement.
Omega is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.