#Plutoflyby trends on Twitter as NASA's New Horizon sends breathtaking photo

As NASA put out a photo of Pluto sent from the spacecraft New Horizon, Twitter went into a tizzy with excitement. And as we wait for more photos #plutoflyby has become a trend on the social media site.

FP Staff July 14, 2015 23:04:50 IST
#Plutoflyby trends on Twitter as NASA's New Horizon sends breathtaking photo

In what can be called a historic moment for space exploration, an unmanned NASA spacecraft hurtled towards an area of space which has never been explored before and which scientists have nicknamed the 'Wild West' of space. The $700 million piano-sized Nasa spacecraft New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto.

Plutoflyby trends on Twitter as NASAs New Horizon sends breathtaking photo

This photo from NASA shows New Horizons' look at Pluto's Charon-facing hemisphere. AFP

The spacecraft which rocketed away from Cape Canaveral on 19 January 2006 is carrying the ashes of Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered the planet 85 years ago.

New Horizon will send the most detailed images of the celestial body, which was once called a planet. But official confirmation will not come until Tuesday night, 13 nerve-racking hours later. That's because Nasa wants New Horizons taking pictures of Pluto, its jumbo moon Charon and its four little moons during this critical time, not communicating with Earth.

However, Nasa has already put out one of the photos sent from New Horizon. And it shows a big heart on the planet. This photo sent Twitter users into a tizzy.

And as the world waits with bated breath for more photos, the hashtag #plutoflyby started trending on Twitter with people hailing Nasa's ambitious project.

Here's what people had to say on Twitter:

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