A Glimpse of Pluto

A composite image of Pluto, right, and its moonCharon/Image from NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

A composite image of Pluto, right, and its moon Charon/Image from NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

Today NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft gave us a rare treat, traveling closer to Pluto than ever and returning with stunning photographs. Like many others, I am filled with awe and wonder at these sights. Looking at the starkly beautiful surface of Pluto, one can’t help but appreciate the contrast with our own world.

As part of my job, I read a lot about water and soil. These two incredible natural resources are truly what makes everything on our world possible. Without them, we simply could not thrive on this planet.

How are we caring for our soil and water? How long will these resources last? Will our planet continue to stand out as an emblem for life, or will it eventually come to resemble the barren landscapes that we see across the rest of our solar system?

As we stand together in awe and wonder at this exceptionally close glimpse of Pluto, let us not forget that our own planet craves our attention, too.

-Ben Schrag

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