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So, NASA have just released the first images of the Pluto system from the successful fly-by...

Mountains on Pluto, but no craters, which the New Horizons team are saying implies Pluto has an active geology - for such a small isolated planet, this is a big surprise.

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And the first really high resolution picture of Charon!

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Anyone else hugely excited by these images from 3 billion miles away?
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I am very excited. I'm 16 now and I remember all those years ago when that thing shot off into space. I remember thinking, what will I be doing in 2015? 😂 but no it's really good and certainly worth the wait considering we didn't know what the planet looked like!


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I am very excited. I'm 16 now and I remember all those years ago when that thing shot off into space. I remember thinking, what will I be doing in 2015? 😂 but no it's really good and certainly worth the wait considering we didn't know what the planet looked like!


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I suppose I shouldn't be so surprised it's so pinkish/red coloured, but I always imagined it as a grey lump of rock. A second Mars with whales and hearts, it's rather beautiful! It's amazing to think we're getting to experience the last ever 'first' classical planetary fly-by too.
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Space is wondrous and brilliant. The atmosphere producing red was a surprise.
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It all just goes over my head and messes with my mind. Knowing how big our solar system is, then lots of these solar systems make up our galaxy. And then there are billions of other galaxies with the same setup. It's just so fascinating!


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It's all jolly exciting, isn't it?
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Wonderful time to be alive and in to astronomy and space exploration in general.
Glad the team chose their shirts carefully to avoid a twatter storm.😁
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