NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has been sending us back amazing images from space, and we’ve finally gotten a close-up view of Pluto after more than nine long years of waiting. Did you really expect it to have a smiley face?
It turns out, though, that although the real Pluto doesn’t have eyes adorned with lovely long lashes, it is dominated by a heart feature.
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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/JHUAPL/SwRI #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science
With this in mind, Lou Lou P’s Delights has created the most adorable Pluto-inspired macaron ever, complete with the newly discovered heart-shaped formation, blue eyes and a smile and, of course, the bumpy terrain of the dwarf planet.
The question is: Could you bear to eat such a cute treat?