I've waited a long time to see pictures of distant Pluto. When I was young pictures of Pluto were just as a point of light (usually one or both of the discovery plates) taken by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.
Some of my astronomy books had the discovery image of Pluto with its biggest moon, Charon, which was seen as a slight bump on Pluto. The two were only partially resolved through the best Earth based telescopes in the world back in 1978.
The superior optics of the Hubble Space Telescope were able to clearly resolve the two worlds clearly in 1994.
And now the New Horizons spacecraft is just days away from a brief flyby of the Pluto system. Compare the view above to this one snapped by the spacecraft yesterday.
Dr Adrian Jannetta
Guitar strummin' explorer of the universe. Mild mannered maths teacher by day and astronomer by night.