So, 9 1/2 years ago, NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft. It reached Jupiter in about a year and used its gravity to slingshot out to deep space.
This thing is the size of a piano and has travelled more than 3 billion miles. Pluto’s diameter is 1,471 miles. If you held it up against the Earth, it would fit nicely in between the Mississippi River and the Grand Canyon. Its largest companion moon, Charon, would round out the rest of the east coast, from the Mississippi to the Carolinas.
In one week it will pass within 7,500 miles of Pluto. That’s pretty fucking cool.