If you are interested in the subject, you should know that the probe New Horizons, from NASA, reached today the shortest possible distance (12,500km) of Pluto, the planet-year of our Solar System.
The probe was launched into space nine years ago and traveled 4.8 billion kilometers during this period in order to capture new information, one of which, for example, is that Pluto is larger than we thought, having 2.370km in diameter (80km more than before) , with a 20km error margin).
For the idea that New Horizons collects more data on Pluto's surface and temperature, sending everything back to NASA today. This information takes about four more hours to cross the 4.8 billion kilometers traveled by the probe.
But why are we talking about this? Because if you like the subject, did you know that there’s an app for that! In fact, two: one for OS X and one for iOS.
Eyes on Pluto (official site)
Free | 17.6 MBCompatible with Macs and PCsDeveloper: NASA
After a journey of more than 9 years and 4.8 billion kilometers, the New Horizons spacecraft is ready to approach the Pluto system.
Using the Eyes on the Solar System (app) and simulated data from the New Horizons flight team you can mount on board the spaceship using (the app) Eyes on Pluto on your Mac or PC.
The image picture-in-picture it shows where the spacecraft is looking and what its advanced instruments can see. You can use the “live” mode to see what New Horizons is doing now, or preview the flyover on the Pluto System. The spacecraft will be busy during the closest approach period between July 13th and 15th, 2015, when you see the probe turning from target to target as it flies past Pluto at more than 48,280 kilometers per hour.
Travel to worlds on the edge of the Solar System aboard NASA's New Horizons, the first mission to the distant Pluto and Kuiper Belt. This app puts you on this historic journey, from the New Horizons spacecraft and its scientific instruments to the latest news, images, programs and educational activities.
More information on the subject can be found in the following links: The globe, state, Folha de S. Paulo and Gizmodo Brazil.
MacBook Pro: when you absolutely and positively have to be there on time, 3 billion miles away.
On a related note, good to know that NASA people use MacBooks to do their job.
(via The Next Web, AppleInsider)