We all dreamed of being astronauts when we were kids. How could you not?! Captain Picard on the starship Enterprise looked so damn cool flying through space and I'm sure we all dressed up like an alien at least once for Halloween.
Then in school we learned about the nine… no wait… the eight planets. It’s eight planets now. What happened to Pluto? In 2006, astronomers kicked Pluto out of the planet party, and it’s been trying to get back in ever since.
Pluto is finally getting its well deserved spotlight this week as NASA’s craft New Horizons will pass close by the ostracized ex-planet this morning.
You can re-live your geeky glory days as a fake astronaut with the iPhone app New Horizons. Keep up to date on news of the mission, watch videos, and explore this beloved ex-planet. The app itself might be slightly ugly, but I know I'll be keeping tabs on this mission.
Yes, I am a total nerd. But be honest with youself, you probably are too.