Beyond Pluto: Let’s Go See Some More New Worlds

Two weeks ago, Earthlings got their first good look at the splattered, champagne-colored sphere that is dwarf planet Pluto. But it wasn’t just NASA’s 4.1 million Instagram followers, or the 3.4 million people following President Obama on Twitter, or the crowds in Times Square that got a little googly-eyed at the sight of that distant, frosted world.

It was the mission scientists, too (for real), and the hundreds of reporters covering the mission. I was one of them. Now, with Pluto more than 18 million kilometers behind the New Horizons spacecraft, all I can say is: I want more. More new worlds, more first looks.

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