New Horizons: NASA spacecraft sends detailed photo of Pluto
This image of the dwarf planet Pluto was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. (NASA)
Published Tuesday, July 14, 2015 10:04AM EDT
After roughly 7.5 billion kilometres, and a nine-and-a-half year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto.
Before the flyby, NASA posted its most detailed image of Pluto yet to Instagram, as a "sneak peak." The same image was posted to Twitter moments after the approach.
"Hello #Pluto! We're at closest approach. Congrats to all!" the tweet said.
According to NASA's calculations, at its closest approach, the spacecraft came within 13,000 kilometres of Pluto, at a speed of about 50,000 kph.
With files from The Associated Press