We’re hearing back from the most distant planetary flyby

Jan 01, 2019 - Quartz

As Earth celebrated another rotation around the sun last night, millions of party-goers texted family and friends instantaneous New Year’s wishes. It wasn’t until 10:30am EST on Jan. 1 that NASA got its own festive greeting: a blurry picture from its most distant explorer, the New Horizons space probe.

Twelve years ago, New Horizons left our planet. It passed Jupiter in just over a year, and took another seven to reach Pluto, where it snapped the crispest pictures yet of the on-again-o...