NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft – which launched back in 2006 – sent back captured images of Pluto on Tuesday, providing the best pictures of the dwarf planet’s surface to date. The achievement was met with wonder and excitement, as celebrities and space enthusiasts alike took to social media to share in the historic event.
President Barack Obama weighed in on Pluto’s “first visitor,” calling the flyby a “great day for discovery and American leadership.” Check out the social media reaction below, with even more images from spacecraft available here as they continue to trickle in.
— President Obama (@POTUS) July 15, 2015
I would like to congratulate the New Horizons team and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration for their historic flyby of Pluto. The culmination of a decade long mission, I can’t wait to see what new information the New Horizons spacecraftwill reveal about our distant relative. - SH
Posted by Stephen Hawking on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The #PlutoFlyby helps reflect inward about its influence to embark outward from Earth with human exploration settlements into the universe.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 14, 2015
Oh, boy! There’s no pup more stellar than Pluto. pic.twitter.com/QwH1r51GGG
— Disney (@Disney) July 14, 2015
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 14, 2015
Dear Pluto, Lookin’ good. But you’re still a Dwarf Planet — get over it. Love, Neil deGrasse Tyson pic.twitter.com/qBBD9feG6e
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) July 15, 2015
PLUTO! SPACE! SCIENCE!
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 15, 2015
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