NASA’s Interplanetary Probe Gets Close to Pluto

NASA's Interplanetary Probe Gets Close to Pluto

After traveling 3.6 billion miles in a journey that began January 19, 2006, NASA's New Horizons interplanetary probe got within 7,700 miles of the planet Pluto on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. As scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson said, it's like getting "a hole-in-one on a two-mile golf shot."

In its latest feat, the United States became the first country to explore the entire classical solar system: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. If we can do that way out in space, it makes you wonder why we can't seem to get it together here on earth — you know, like the Congress and the President working together as a team on behalf of the American people.

I don't know about you, but I get tired of those who constantly criticize the President for his efforts to improve this country's relations with countries that have been considered "enemies" in the past — and whose solutions to our problems seem to be, as Sen. John McCain said so eloquently in the past, "Bomb, bomb Iran."

Some of the most momentous decisions of the past have been as a result of negotiations — Nixon's "opening" to China and George H.W. Bush's Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. Nothing lasts forever in our world, but these events ushered in a period of peace that was a benefit to countries throughout our planet.

One last word on the NASA flight and the photo that illustrates this article. Despite the fact that the New Horizons probe was traveling at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second), it took four and half hours for this photo to reach here as it crossed 3.6 billion miles between Pluto and Earth.

Beau Weisman, Editor