Space Probe Returns Images of Pluto

NASA’s space probe returned the first images of Pluto on Wednesday, which was also the birthday of the man who discovered the dwarf planet. New Horizons took the pictures more than 126 million miles away from Pluto, revealing pixelated spots of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon, on the same day Clyde Tombaugh was born. Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930. The spacecraft will continue to travel toward the dwarf planet, sending back a stream of information on Pluto until it reaches its closes point on July 14. New Horizons has already traveled more than 3 billion miles since its launch on Jan. 16, 2006.